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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.

Come and carve a pumpkin before lighting it on our twilight pumpkin parade © National Trust / Gibside

Come and carve a pumpkin before lighting it on our twilight pumpkin parade

Hallowe'en at Gibside

Brave a walk through the woods during a family trail to collect all sorts of grizzly ingredients for a yucky Hallowe'en potion.

You can also get creative carving yourself a creepy pumpkin lantern ready for the parade. Then wrap up Hallowe'en with a family hog roast at Gibside Pub - why not join us in fancy dress?

Gibside's Walled Garden Wall

Gibside's Walled Garden is a really special space and we're excited to say that the collapsed wall is getting re-built, but we couldn't have done it alone - click here to read more. You can also watch Head Gardener Debbie Crombie speak about why it's so special...

Strawberry Castle kiosk

After all that running around there's nothing better than an ice cream

We hope you've been having lots of fun at the improved Strawberry Castle play area... and there's more to come! So for the next three weekends the kiosk will be closed. But fear not! There will be a "pop-up" catering van offering hot and cold drinks and of course... ice cream.

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