Gosforth Park

Gosforth Park is a park north of Gosforth in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne, England. It houses Newcastle Racecourse, a Marriott hotel, two golf courses, a garden centre and a football centre. It is also home to Gosforth Nature Reserve, a private SSSI managed by the Natural History Society of Northumbria, consisting of a lake and woodland.

High Gosforth Park
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Newcastle Racecourse
Gosforth Park is located in Tyne and Wear
Gosforth Park
Nearest cityNewcastle upon Tyne
Coordinates55°01′52″N 1°36′43″W / 55.0311°N 1.6119°W / 55.0311; -1.6119Coordinates: 55°01′52″N 1°36′43″W / 55.0311°N 1.6119°W / 55.0311; -1.6119

The park was laid out by Charles Brandling (1733–1802), a wealthy coal-mine owner and local politician, to adorn his new mansion, Gosforth House (now Brandling House, the racecourse hospitality and conference centre), built 1755–64.

Up to the 1950s tramcars came into the park on race days through a special gate from what was then the A1 Great North Road.

The Gosforth Park Hotel, now in the Marriott chain, was originally built in 1965 and opened by the Duke of Northumberland, and by 1986 was owned by Scottish & Newcastle and run by Thistle Hotels.[1]

Between 2016 and 2019 the two walled gardens and icehouse at Gosforth Park were the subject of archaeological investigations by AAG Archaeology.


  1. ^ "Gosforth Park Hotel". BBC Domesday Reloaded. 1986. Retrieved 7 September 2013.

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