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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.

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Upcoming events

  • Easter egg trails © NTPL/John Millar

    Fri 18 to Mon 21 April: Easter Egg-stravaganza!

    Follow a family Easter egg trail around Cherryburn's farmyard and gardens, get your face painted ...

  • Flying Pipistrelle bat  © NTPL/John Millar

    Sat 26 Apr: Bat Watch

    Book now to discover Cherryburn's amazing nightlife on an after dark tour with a local expert.

  • Flying Pipistrelle bat  © NTPL/Flikr / Diane Jones

    Sun 4 May: Folk in the Farmyard

    Bring a picnic and enjoy a toe-tapping afternoon of folk music in Cherryburn's traditional Northu...

  • Join us for traditional May Day fun © NTPL/Flikr / Diane Jones

    Mon 5 May: May Day Family Fun!

    Join in the fun as we dance around the Maypole and crown our very own May Queen.

Latest news: find a geocache

Discover our new Geocache © National Trust/Longshaw

Be the first to discover Tom’s Treasure in 2014 and tick off one of your 50 things. Get your GPS or Smartphone, enter the co-ordinates from and then begin your treasure hunt. Once found, fill in the logbook but don’t forget to return the cache for the next treasure hunter.

Latest news: Bewick's bees back!

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

We are very excited to let you know that Cherryburn is now 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.

Latest news: 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.

Latest news: new nature playscape

Go on an adventure, what can you find? © Arnhel de Serra

We've created a new family play area where you can step into the shoes of Bewick as a child with lots of his favourite outdoor adventures, like jumping across logs and making a den.