Richardson Dees Park, Wallsend : Visitor Information

Richardson Dees Park in Wallsend, North Tyneside is somewhere we used to visit a lot when Harry and Heidi were little and we lived in Wallsend. It was lovely then but having a bit of cash spent on it, it's even better now.

Richardson Dees Park, Wallsend

Richardson Dees Park has a large enclosed play area with decent play equipment for all ages, an outdoor gym, sports pitches (including tennis courts and a bowling green), woodland walks, ducks to feed, a cafe, a skate park, lots of green space and public toilets. It is very easy to reach via public transport or car too. There are picnic tables and benches dotted around the grounds but it does get popular and I recommend bringing a picnic blanket if you're going to spend a few hours here. 

Richardson Dees Park is definitely the kind of place you can spend the full day. 

Richardson Dees Park - Location

Richardson Dees Park is in the centre of Wallsend, just off the Coast Road (A1058) and a short walk from Wallsend High Street. 

There is no car park but there is ample free parking in the surrounding streets (obviously check restrictions and park respectfully). We usually park on Kings Road South with no restrictions (see the map below) and have never had any problems finding a spot. You could also use a car park in the town centre if you walk along. 

Use postcode NE28 8RH. The main park entrance is just off North Road but there is also an entrance on Kings Road too. 

The park is gated and open from 6:30am-9pm. Lights are turned off at 8:30pm (for bat conservation purposes). Dogs are welcome in most areas (exceptions include sports courts and the play area).

You can catch a bus to Wallsend and alight on Station Road (see map for stops) or continue to the main bus station. The park is just a 0.5 mile walk along the high street. 

The park is easily accessible by Metro too with Wallsend Metro Station just being half a mile walk away. 

Credit : Wallsend Parks 

Richardson Dees Park - Playground

The playground is enclosed (no dogs allowed inside) and has seating and grassed areas if you wish to bring a blanket. 

It does get busy! There are lots of facilities in the playground for all ages and it's pretty big. All of the equipment is kept in very good condition. Facilities include: 

  • Sand pit and mini diggers
  • Water play, pump and dams (although the water looked to be turned off on the day of our visit) 
  • Teen shelter 
  • Timber totes
  • Balance beams 
  • Swings and slides
  • Climbing rock
  • Zip wire
  • Puzzle stations
  • Climbing nets 

Richardson Dees Park - Facilities & Walks 

Credit : Wallsend Parks 

The playground may be the main attraction, but the park is huge and has so much more to offer. These photos are from a very short visit. There is loads to explore. Wallsend Hall Grounds across the road are beautiful too. 

You can expect: 

  • Formal Gardens 
  • Bowling Green 
  • Memorial Fountain 
  • Skate Park 
  • Toilets 
  • Cafe 
  • Games Court
  • Tennis Courts 
  • Bandstand 
  • Outdoor Gym
  • Lake and Woodland Walks 
  • & lots more 

Entrance to Wallsend Hall Grounds (across the road from Richardson Dees Park)

The paths around the upper areas of the park (near the playground, cafe, sports courts etc...) are flat, wide and surfaced. They are suitable for pushchairs, bikes, scooters, wheelchairs and rollerblading. 

As you walk down into the woodland and around the lake, there are some steps and some inclines too. Step-free routes are possible but expect hills. Wallsend Park say that most of the area is accessible though and you can pick up a map showing accessible routes from the cafe / park lodge. 

There are lovely walks to enjoy around the grounds (16 acres) and lots of wildlife to spot too. You can enjoy self-led orienteering, a story trail and a plant hunter trail (download maps here). Information about these trails is also usually available from the cafe. 

Outdoor gym


Skate Park 

Multi-use sports court 

Landscaped gardens 

Bowling Green

Woodland Walk

Lakeside Walks

Richardson Dees Park - Cafe & Toilets

The Verandah Cafe is in the heart of the park and overlooks the playground. At the moment it is takeaway only but once restrictions allow, there is seating too. 

The cafe serves drinks, ice creams and carious cakes and snacks. There are picnic tables in the formal gardens behind the cafe where we took our drinks to enjoy. Prices & menu below are correct as of April 2021. Click on the photos to zoom in. 

There are toilets in the cafe (not open at the moment but I imagine they will re-open once indoor seating is allowed). There are another set of toilets next to the Park Lodge by the top corner of the bowling green. These toilets are currently open 10am - 4pm and there is an accessible toilet here too. 

Richardson Dees Park - What Is Nearby? 

  • Wallsend Hall Grounds next door are beautiful and lovely for a stroll
  • Segedunum Museum (currently closed due to Government restrictions) is one of our favourite Roman Museums with lots of hands on fun and just a 10 minute walk from the park 
  • Rising Sun Country Park is a short drive from the park 
  • Silverlink is not far if you fancy a spot of shopping / cinema

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