Gibside National Trust


Escape to this tranquil 18th century landscaped garden created by one of the richest men in Georgian England, George Bowes. Gibside National Trust provides a rare example of an 18th-century landscape garden and was created with spectacular views in mind. The vision of coal magnate George Bowes and once a pleasure ground for the Georgian elite, this 243-hectare (600-acre) estate can now be enjoyed by everyone.

Gibside offers miles of woodland and riverside walks with views across the Derwent Valley. Explore an architectural gem of a Chapel and orangery which sit among pockets of peaceful woodland. Watch out for red kites as they soar above the famous tree-lined avenue at Gibside in Gateshead. Discover the ever-changing Walled Garden and the vibrant Stables, now a learning and discovery centre. The grand ruin of Gibside Hall offers a glimpse into the dramatic story of heiress Mary Eleanor Bowes.

There is lots to see and do at Gibside National Trust with tempations of tasty food and gift shopping while you explore.

Bring the family for wildlife spotting and outdoor adventures, including Strawberry Castle play area, nature playscape and the Low Ropes Challenge, or indoor fun with Daisy, the milkable cow and Gibside mini-play Hall.

Must do...

- See the Walled Garden and Victorian shrubbery as work continues to add to the planting design
- Watch out for resident wildlife at the wildlife hide and live or recorded footage from trail cameras shown in the Wildlife Room at the Stables
- Reach the Column of Liberty for a fantastic views
- Uncover Mary Eleanor Bowes’ dramatic story of torture and abduction
- Enjoy various information and exhibitions at the Stables


Opening Times

Opening Times* (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

* Opening times are seasonal. For more details, please check:



Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£12.40 per ticket type
Child£6.20 per ticket type
Family£30.40 per ticket type
Single parent family£18.30 per ticket type

The above prices are Gift Aid Prices. The standard admission fee will only be charged if requested.

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  • Facility for service dogs
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • Groups: Coach Group Coffee/Meal Stop - Cafe offers light lunches and refreshments. Bowes Room, 40 covers, offers dedicated group catering in a private room, with set menus ordered in advance
  • On-Site café/restaurant - Savour breakfast butties, homemade lunches and afternoon teas inspired by produce from the kitchen garden in the Café and Carriage House Coffee Shop
  • Picnic Site - Lots of great spots for quiet family picnics as well as outdoor seating near Gibside Chapel and the Stables.

Group Travel

  • Out of Hours Visits

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Drop Off / Pick Up Point
  • Coach Parking Onsite
  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Delta accepted
  • Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.Groups of 15+ must book in advance.
  • Groups: Concessions for Driver and GTO
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 60
  • Min group size - 15
  • Special group rates
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted

Provider Facilities

  • Conference facilities - Stables Learning and Discovery Centre and Garden Cottage offers modern meeting room facilities for up to 40 people, catering available.
  • Dogs Accepted - Dogs are welcomed on leads, water bowls and dog waste bins are provided.
  • Event Venue - Events every weekend throughout the year, from family activities to twice monthly markets. Children's Wild Child birthday party packages available.
  • Groups: Meet and Greet Services - Introductory talk available.
  • Toilets

Provider Features

  • Forest Location - An historic landscaped garden with miles of woodland walks where you can escape the crowds, spot red kites and red squirrels, or have family adventures
  • In countryside - Within only a few miles from the Metrocentre, Gibside’s estate rises from the banks of the river Derwent to rolling hillsides overlooking the city and the North Pennines
  • Indoor Attraction - Marvel at the tranquillity of Gibside Chapel, enjoy exhibitions and family fun at the Stables Learning & Discovery Centre, treat yourself to tasty home made food in the café or coffee shop or take home the perfect gift from in Gibside’s shop or from one of the resident creative businesses

Target Markets

  • Marketed Towards Families - A perfect day out for family adventures and outdoor play. New walking trails guides you around the estate taking in the wildlife hide, nature playscape, Low Ropes Challenge and Strawberry Castle play area.
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens - Tranquil walks and trails to follow, beautiful views, fascinating history and wildlife spotting. Tasty cream teas and light lunches. Shuttle bus and powered mobility vehicles help visitors explore further afield.

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted - We can offer wildlife and historical learning activities, volunteering experiences and team building challenges. Schools, community and corporate groups can also stay in the heart of Gibside's estate at the Stable’s residential centre.
  • Groups: Average Length of Visit - 3 hours
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals - Free guided tours tell the fascinating story of the families who once lived at Gibside, including the wealthy 18th century coal baron, George Bowes and his daughter Mary Eleanor, who's fateful marriage ended in torture, kidnap and divorce.

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available


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  • Visit England Code of Practice 2012
  • Regional and MiscellaneousNorth East England Tourism Awards - Large Visitor Attraction of the Year Award – Gold North East England Tourism Awards - Large Visitor Attraction of the Year Award – Gold 2013

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