9 Places You Can Visit Where Public Toilets Are Open

It is a personal choice whether you feel it is appropriate to use a public loo at this time. As always, I advise researching and reading scientific advice rather than what random strangers are saying on social media and making your own properly informed decisions.

9 Places You Can Visit Where Public Toilets Are Open

It is worth noting that because there are so few places available with open toilets, you may find these areas busier than normal and some places may have to close early when they are at capacity (check their social media for updates).

Please follow social distancing guidelines at all times and if somewhere is busy when you arrive, consider turning around and returning later.  These details are correct as of 27 May 2020 but things can change so please check details directly with the venue before setting off.

Personally, I will not be visiting any of these places at the moment as I feel like they will be too busy for my anxiety to cope with. I think I would feel happy using a public loo though. I would just be careful and take precautions like putting the lid down before I flush, not touching my face and thoroughly washing my hands with soap and water. 10000s of people are sharing loos in workplaces at the moment and as far as I know, there have not been huge issues with outbreaks. Like I say though, do your own research. 


High Force Waterfall 

High Force Waterfall is a lovely circular walk with beautiful surroundings. The route is not accessible to pushchairs or wheelchairs at this time and some of the route may be a little challenging and unsuitable for those with limited mobility. At the moment, a one-way system is in place to ensure better social distancing.

Additional handwashing facilities are available around the route and there is a takeaway ice cream/drinks kiosk (limited menu - contactless payment only) and toilet facilities are available.  Car parking is £5 and you can pre-book here.  It is best to pre-book car parking however some spaces may be available on the day subject to availability.

Hamsterley Forest 

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We love this forest! The car parks, toilets and trails are now open but the visitor centre and play areas will remain closed. The cafe is operating a takeaway service with limited menu. You may spot a Gruffalo in the woods! Kids can enjoy tree climbing, climbing, cycling, geocaching or paddle in the beck and there are plenty of picnic spots too. The forest is dog friendly too.

Open from 9am. Postcode: DL13 3NL. Parking is via number plate recognition (pay at a kiosk - cards are accepted) and priced at £2 for one hour, £6 all day or £10 over a bank holiday weekend.

Derwent Waterside Park

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Derwent Waterside Park is a lovely walk around a reservoir and a grassed area where kids can run about. There is a fab play area but it remains closed at the moment as does the cafe and visitor centre. Toilets are open and handwashing facilities are available. 

Please DO NOT ENTER THE WATER to swim or paddle. There are lots of hidden danger including machinery and under-currents. See this post for more information.

Dogs must be kept on a lead and visitors should bring their own antibacterial wipes/gel to use when opening gates. 

You can also walk around the reservoir to the Boat Shack who are serving takeaway treats (including megashakes which you can read about here). Pre-orders only, details on their Facebook page. 

Postcode: DH8 9TT. Parking charges apply. 

South Tyneside

South Tyneside has stated they do not wish for people to visit at this time and there have been reports of the area being pretty busy. However, they do have open loos! Find out more here. 

Kielder Forest


Kielder is probably the one place on this list I would feel comfortable visiting right not. It is well out of the way and huge so pretty easy to maintain social distancing. 

Public toilets are open and available at Kielder Castle and Tower Knowe. 

Play areas are closed but there are lots of lovely walks and scenery to enjoy. 

Please do not enter the water to swim or paddle. There are lots of hidden dangers including machinery, undercurrents and unknown depths. See here for more information. 

Raby Castle Walled Gardens & Deer Park 

Raby Castle Deer Park is open now and the Walled Gardens re-open on 28 May. The Walled Garden is a beautiful spot and the deer park is sprawling with lots of space to socially distance. You can enjoy beautiful views of the castle too. Admission charges apply, see website for details. 

Toilet facilities and a refreshments kiosk are available as are additional hand sanitisers around the site. Please note the play area will remain closed.  Parking is available from £4 and can be pre-booked here.  There are picnic tables near the car park. 

Other Places To Visit 

Other places which are open with toilets and maybe a little quieter include Hury Reservoir, Scaling Dam and Lockwood Beck. Find out more here. 

On 18 June I asked my Facebook followers to let me know of anywhere with open loos. You can read their full suggestions here.  These places have not been checked by myself but include: 

  • Hardwick Park in Sedgefield
  • Whitley Bay Promenade (Watts Slope and Rendezvous)
  • Jesmond Dene (Mon - Fri 11am - 3pm) 
  • North Shields Fish Quay
  • St Marys Lighthouse, Whitley Bay 
  • Northumberlandia
  • Herrington Country Park 
  • Cullercoats
  • Preston Park 
  • Roker Beach
  • Druridge Bay
  • Plessey Woods 
  • National Trust Venues (pre-booking only)
  • Bolam Lake
  • Cresswell Beach

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1 comment

  1. I was just wondering about this! Thank you


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