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More than a great house, it is a truly amazing place.

Seaton Delaval Hall is a great house set in its own estate with lovely gardens and a fine collection; yet it is also much more.

It is a signpost pointing to the diverse history of a family which acquired land here in the late 11th century. The house occupies the site of a Norman settlement, and its original Norman chapel remains in use today.

Built between 1719 and 1730 for Admiral George Delaval, it is not only the finest house in the north east of England, but also among the finest works of its architect, Sir John Vanbrugh, one of the masters of English Baroque.

For 900 years, the estate has been a stage for drama, intrigue and romance while the surrounding landscape has fuelled industrial revolution. The house has survived terrible fires, military occupation and potential ruin. Now it provides an amazing space for arts, heritage and the community to come together.

It's definitely set in stone!

Carved on-site, this piece of stone is now fitted to Seaton Delaval Hall © National Trust

Carved on-site, this piece of stone is now fitted to Seaton Delaval Hall

This isn't just any piece of stone! Lovingly carved on-site by Brian from Team Force, this section of stone is an essential piece of the Seaton Delaval Hall puzzle.

The original cornice was so badly cracked and broken it was no longer safe and had to be replaced. Now, the new one is fitted in place and matches perfectly.

Join us for an adventure

Relaxing in the gardens © Maureen Ritson

Relaxing in the gardens

Even though we're working hard to repair this wonderful place, there's still so much to do here.

Visit the beautiful gardens, take part in a tour to learn about specific areas of Seaton Delaval and the work that is going on, head to the old stables, join us for an event or simply pop into the cafe for a cuppa.

The backstory

Find out more about the family and servants who lived at the hall © Maureen Ritson

Find out more about the family and servants who lived at the hall

Seaton Delaval Hall is immersed in history.

There's so much to tell from the building itself, to the wonderful characters that lived here and of course, what went on... During your visit you can view the history timeline on display to explore the colourful past of this building.

The work continues...

The jackdaws are nesting in the chimneys - just like their ancestors! © Maureen Ritson

The jackdaws are nesting in the chimneys - just like their ancestors!

Work to restore the chimney stacks was halted by nesting jackdaw chicks. Ironically, these could be the descendants of the jackdaws whose nests caused the devastating fire in1822.

Seaton Delaval Hall has been handed a vital lifeline after winning funding from the SITA Trust to save the central hall.

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An outdoor adventure is waiting for you here. Take a look inside a tree, go birdwatching or see how high the sea breeze will carry your kite. Ask the team when you arrive.

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