Jesmond Dene was originally the garden and grounds of Jesmond Dean owned by Sir William George Armstrong. He presented this oasis of natural beauty to the Mayor, Aldermen and Citizens of Newcastle in 1883.
The Dene stretches for 2km (1.3 miles) from Gosforth through to Heaton park, carving a quite and peaceful valley through the city. There are many pathways throughout the Dene allowing various routes through the park area with the gentle sound of the running stream always in earshot.
As for things to do the children will adore the pets corner and on Sundays the Armstrong Bridge turns into an Arts Fare which is renowned for its excellent stands.
You can get to the Dene by Car, Bus or Metro. By car you can park in the Dene, at pets corner or under the Armstrong bridge Or in Heaton park at the south end of the Dene. By bus 305, 306, 307 and 308 from Haymarket bus station and get of on the Cradlewell by-pass and walk down under the Armstrong bridge. By Metro get of at South Gosforth and take a 15 minute walk down the hill, across to the second of the double roundabouts, then turn right up the hill.
Being the oldest green space in Newcastle upon Tyne, Leazes Park has some interesting features that have recently been restored and refurbished to some of the original designs from the late 1800's. The park is what it is today thanks to £3.7 million from the National Lottery funds in 2001.
The Park covers 1km2 of green land containing a boating lake, tree lined avenues and wide open space to the west of the City Centre. The restoration work included the reintroduction of two ornate gateways into the park and a new memorial garden for the 15th/19th Hussars
With Leazes Park being located so close to the City Centre its only a 15 minute walk from Monument Metro station or a 5 minute walk from St James Park Metro.