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Notice: We're very sorry but Gibside is closed on Tuesday 21st October 2014 due to the severe gale force winds that are forecast.

Stunning 18th-century landscape garden and haven for nature

A taste of the country on the edge of the city.

Discover fine Derwent Valley views, winding paths and refreshing open spaces while exploring our elegant buildings and ruins.

Gibside is a Georgian 'grand design' on a spectacular scale. The vision of coal baron George Bowes, the Palladian chapel is an architectural masterpiece, the stable block is a vibrant learning and discovery centre, and the once grand hall is now a dramatic shell. Gibside is also a haven for wildlife with red kites often circling in the skies above.

After centuries of decline, we're restoring Gibside for people and nature. Come for events every weekend, escape along the avenue for miles of tranquil walks and picnic spots or enjoy family fun at our adventure play area and woodland play trail.

Food also runs through Gibside’s veins, whether in our bustling walled garden, cafe, local farm shop or twice monthly farmers' market.

Gibside Farmers Market

First and third Saturday of every month

Don't miss fresh, seasonal food from local growers and producers, plus quality crafts and tastings, all at one of the region's most popular markets.  Free entry!

Beer garden & pub on Fri evenings

 Every Friday all year, 6 to 9pm

Unwind at our beer garden with a difference. Lovely leafy setting, local ales and wines, live music and outdoor play for the children.

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Improvements in Market Square

New Creative Cabins coming soon

New Creative Cabins coming soon

Autumn is the season for change and there is more change afoot at Gibside, this time, in Market Square.  

Shop and Cafe refurbishment

The shop is moving and being refitted into the new building in front of the cafe. The cafe will then extend into the current shop space which should increase the number of seats available for visitors. The cafe counter layout will change and also expand the range of drinks available throughout the day, which will include a range of local ales on tap available throughout the day.

New food units

A new building is also due to be constructed in the Square creating new Creative Cabins for local bakers and butchers to produce their goods on site.  There should be delightful smells of freshly baking bread and opportunities to buy the tasty goods once the businesses have settled in.

This work will be carried out during September and continue until the beginning of November.  We will keep the shop and cafe open for as much time as possible, but they will have to close at times during the transition phases.

Family highlights

  • Perfect places for outdoor play

    Discover ten great reasons to visit Gibside on a day out with kids.

  • Family highlights trail

    Check out our downloadable trail, an ideal walking route for families with young kids.

  • Bushcraft Birthday Parties

    Fun outdoor activities led by friendly staff, plus 'party tea' catering.

  • The hides with slides are a great place to spy on woodland wildlife © National Trust / Gibside

    Adventure Play Area

    Don't miss Strawberry Castle Adventure Play Area. it's a must for most kids!

  • Kids clamber from tree to tree while taking on our low ropes challenge! © NT / Gibside

    Challenge yourself!

    Clamber and cling around the Low Ropes Challenge and see how well you do!

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