Rising Sun Country Park

Venue details

Rising Sun Countryside Centre
Whitley Road
NE12 9SS
United Kingdom

(0191) 643 2241


(0191) 643 2242

Opening times

The wider park is open all day, every day of year.

Centre grounds: Open from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday; and 9am to 4.30pm on Saturday, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Countryside Centre Car Park: Open from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday; and 9am to 4.30pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

The café is open for refreshments including freshly made sandwiches, scones and hot/cold drinks, with outdoor seating on the terrace from 9am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday and 10.30am to 3.30pm weekends and bank holidays. 

Please observe the one way system into the centre and follow the social distancing signs. There are toilet facilities accessible from the foyer. When leaving, please exit via the rear door and walk around to the front of the building, following the signs.

Find us


The Rising Sun Country Park is a green oasis of 162 hectares, set in the heart of North Tyneside.

See the Information Leaflet below which includes a pictoral map showing routes and interest points around the park.

Boasting a nature reserve with ponds, woodlands and extensive grasslands; a farm and Countryside Centre, the site is a haven for wildlife and an ideal place to relax and enjoy the great outdoors.

Admission is free. Parking and disabled parking is provided within the grounds (or in the neighbouring ASDA Benton car park).

You can even hire one of our function rooms or outdoor areas for your own event!

Facilities and attractions:

  • extensive footpaths, bridleways and cycleways to explore
  • selected routes are wheelchair-accessible
  • bird hides
  • cafe with terrace and park views
  • free parking with picnic and barbecue area
  • educational visits
  • children’s play area and water play feature
  • events programme and activities
  • volunteer opportunities
  • hire our facilities for meetings, functions, events and parties
  • regular cycling and Nordic walking groups
  • toilet facilities
  • exhibition room

The Country Park actively promotes healthy living and provides a resource for outdoor activities, healthy home-cooked food and encourages sustainable practices.

The park is managed in partnership by North Tyneside Council and the Rising Sun Farm Trust.

See the below document for information about our orienteering course.