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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.

Our Family Camping Festival gives adventurous kids a taste of the wild

Our Family Camping Festival gives adventurous kids a taste of the wild

Family Camping Festival

During May half term, why not come and pitch your tent at Gibside for the Family Camping Festival?

From Saturday 23 - Monday 25 May you can spend two nights camping under the stars and over the course of the three days there'll be lots of family fun such as storytelling, bat walks, live music, den building and more.

Help preserve the Avenue

The avenue at Gibside

We're closing the Avenue for a few weeks to help the grass to grow again. Over the years the Avenue was pounded by horses hooves in George Bowes' day when his horses were exercised under the trees.  In more recent years, the Avenue is pounded by feet of thousands of visitors.  It needs your help now.  Let's give the grass a chance to grow again.

Businesses grow at Gibside


Gibside has opened its doors to local creative businesses.  Visit resident crafters in Studios at the Stables, or smell the freshly baked bread in the new bakery and butchery Cabins at Market Square, opening in early 2015. More opportunities exist for businesses to grow in Gibside's garden as part of The Branch in the network lounge, hot desks and meeting rooms in Garden Cottage.

More news will follow as The Branch gets up and running. 


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