Things to see & do

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Wildflowers bloom

Daffodils were a favourite flower of Mary Eleanor Bowes in the 18th century

Spot the signs of spring as they begin to emerge around the estate. Woodland floors will burst into life and colour as spring flowers emerge.  From early snow drops to trumpeting daffodils to scented wild garlic, the months of spring are a favourite for many to enjoy.


What's on?

We have a range of events for all the family, every weekend, all year round! Browse our list of what's coming up next here at Gibside.

Don't miss...

  • Get close to nature with our wildlife hide and viewing cameras
  • Discover the Column of Liberty or Skyline Walk for stunning panoramas
  • See the historic Shrubbery garden borders come back to life
  • Uncover Mary Eleanor Bowes’ dramatic story of torture and abduction
  • Enjoy exhibitions, events and our milkable cow at the Stables
  • Join our engaging guides for a free tour every day of the week

Explore Gibside with our map and walks

Take a look at a map of Gibside's gardens, woodland, play areas and footpaths. We have two downloadable walks for you to print out and bring with you when you visit.

Get outdoors, get active & sporty

Gibside's parkland and woods are a perfect setting for getting active, whether you enjoy walking, running or other sporty pursuits. From our new 'pramblers' club for pre-school parents to school holiday fun for all the family...

Take the low ropes challenge

Kids clamber from tree to tree while taking on our low ropes challenge!

The Low Ropes Course lies in the heart of West Wood and it's all about balance, agility and having fun! Come along with the family and try it for yourself.