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Cottage and farmhouse, the birthplace of Thomas Bewick

Thomas Bewick is perhaps Northumberland’s greatest artist: a wood engraver and naturalist who revolutionised print art in Georgian England.

Discover his tiny birthplace cottage and farmyard with glorious views over the Tyne Valley, plus a traditional 19th-century farmhouse, the later home of the Bewick family, with an unrivalled collection of his work and an exhibition about his life.

Follow Bewick’s wood blocks on their journey to the print room, where regular Sunday afternoon demonstrations bring alive this intricate craft, or explore the delightful cottage gardens, farmyard and paddock walk, perfect for picnicking or playing with the kids.

October highlights

Family printing on Sunday 19th October

Become a print apprentice like a young Thomas Bewick and create a beautiful print of your own.

Half term & Halloween

Follow the Boggle-busting trail, have your face painted or book to carve a pumpkin.


Find a geocache

Discover our new Geocache © National Trust/Longshaw

Discover the Treasure and tick off one of your 50 things. Use your GPS or Smartphone, enter the co-ordinates from and start to hunt. Once found, fill in the logbook but don’t forget to return the cache for the next treasure hunter.

Bewick's bees!

Take a look at Gibside’s observation hive for a close view of bees © Ross Hoddinott

Cherryburn is home to two beehives. Several of Bewick's engravings show historic wicker bee 'skeps', so our modern-style hives have specially designed old-fashioned covers to replicate the images. Come over to the allotment garden and find out more the next time you visit.

Become a volunteer

Take a look at Gibside's observation hive for a close view of bees © Claudia Liefland

If you enjoy visiting, but would like to get more involved, join one of our friendly volunteer teams, from events to gardening, printing to café and shop support. Ask during your visit for more details

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