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Jesmond Dene
Real Tennis Club

We are one of only 27 Real Tennis courts in the UK and 46 in the world

Jesmond Dene Real Tennis Club

We are one of only 27 Real Tennis courts in the UK and 46 in the world. Built in 1894, the court is situated on Matthew Bank between Jesmond and South Gosforth and is only 2-3 miles north of the centre of Newcastle, close to Ilford Road metro. Most of the UK courts date from at least a century ago (1529-1911) but seven courts have been built since 1989 with the newest court, Wellington, built in 2016.


Learn more about real tennis

Real Tennis should not be confused with Lawn Tennis.  It is a different game altogether.

It is played indoors, the balls are hand made and solid like a cricket ball, the rackets are wooden with a very small sweet spot, you have to be athletic, dextrous, cerebral and super fit.  Play is continuous, there is no sitting down to get your breath back on changing ends, it could almost be considered an extreme sport.

Please come and try!

If you would like to try Real Tennis we offer lessons (no membership required) so you can find out if the game is for you. Please contact us to book in at a time that suits you!

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Built in 1894, the court is situated on Matthew Bank between Jesmond and South Gosforth
and is only 2-3 miles north of the centre of Newcastle

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