St Edmund

St Edmund's is a rare example of a 13th century pilgrim's chapel and is also the home of a new gallery.

Gateshead, Tyne & Wear

Opening times

Open by appointment.


High Street
Tyne & Wear

St Edmund's is Gateshead's oldest building and has been the parish church for Gateshead since 1980. Since 2010 it has also been the venue for Sanctuary Artspace, a gallery which is installed along the north wall of the building. Exhibitions are held almost every week of the year, so there is always something new to see on our walls. St Edmund's was built in the 13th century as a pilgrim's hospital and consists of one very long nave with some beautiful 19th century stained glass portraying northern Saints such as St Hilda and the Venerable Bede. The building was run by a group of nuns until the dissolution of the monasteries, when the chapel fell into disrepair. The Newcastle architect John Dobson refurbished the chapel in the early 19th century and 40 years later Holy Trinity was built on the side of St Edmund's effectively annexing the medieval church as a Lady Chapel. Holy Trinity closed in 1969 and St Edmund's reopened as a parish church in 1980.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Café within 500m

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Church of England

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