Leazes Park

Leazes Park


This is a traditional Victorian park in the centre of Newcastle. In the shadow of St James’ Park and opposite the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI), this mature, well kept green space is a rare gem that’s full of history and perfect for a stroll.


Leazes Park officially opened in 1873. It has a lake (which was originally intended for ice-skating and boating). It’s stocked and fished by Leazes Park Angling Association. 

With meandering tree-lined paths that change throughout the seasons, it’s an all-round great place to relax. There are lots of benches to sit and read a book or enjoy some lunch and watch the world go by.

A large play area can be found in the woodland to the north of the park and is separated into two areas so children of all ages can enjoy playing. 

Did you know?

The ornate gateway to the park built in 1886 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee was refurbished in 2002.

Getting Here

This is in the city, so parking nearby is restricted. There is a small car park but bear in mind it’s opposite a hospital, so gets busy.

The nearest bus stop is on Richardson Road / Barrack Road.

It’s a pleasant walk from Newcastle city centre, though slightly uphill.


There are pathways throughout the park that are suitable for prams or wheelchairs.

Things to do for grown ups

If you’re feeling active, there are 6 tennis courts open for play at all times.

Things to do for families

There are lots of breeding wildfowl, ducks and swans. Bring some birdseed. 

Basketball courts are perfect for groups of sporty kids to burn off some energy. They’re open for play at all times.

Food and Drink

The Tower Café is within Richardson Road Lodge (with toilets). 

There’s often an ice cream van on fine days, so bring some cash.

There are picnic and BBQ areas, so come prepared.


Disabled access loo and baby change (please ask for the key at The Tower Café).

A bit of history

Leazes Park opened in 1873 and was the first purpose-built park in Newcastle.

The ornate gateway was built in 1886 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and was refurbished in 2002. 

The Bandstand was rebuilt to the original design in 2003 and refurbished in 2017. 

The balustraded promenade dominates the high ground in the west of the park. It was rebuilt to the original design in 2003 and restored in 2017.  Within the flowerbeds on the terrace, you’ll find memorial stones.