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Notice: Availability for Santa bookings is only for a few last remaining spaces for Toddler Treats on Wednesday 3rd December. We're sorry but all other dates are fully booked.

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.

Saturday beer garden returns for the winter

The Saturday night beer garden & pub is returning for the winter months. Now on Friday and Saturday nights from 6 to 9pm all year round.  Enjoy local ales and wines, live music and log braziers to warm up against.

Festive Farmers Market

Saturday's 6th and 20th December

Don't miss Gibside's festive farmers' and craft markets to stock up your Christmas gifts. Local growers and producers, plus quality crafts and tastings, all at one of the region's most popular markets.  Free entry!

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Creative Cabins in construction

New Creative Cabins coming soon

New Creative Cabins coming soon

A visit to Gibside this Autumn will show more changes, this time, in Market Place.  

New micro butchery and bakery cabins

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

Shop and Cafe refurbishment

You will also notice that the shop and cafe have changed. The shop has moved to its own new building next to the cafe, and the cafe has undergone some extensive refurbishment.  This has increased the number of seats available for visitors and changed the cafe counter layout allowing us to expand the range of drinks available throughout the day, which will include a range of local ales on tap available throughout the day.

The work should be finished by mid November.  Stop by and take a look.

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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