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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.

Hallowe'en at Seaton Delaval Hall

The White Lady greets her guests © National Trust

The White Lady greets her guests

Hallowe'en here is sure to be a spooky affair.

In 1644, agent of the Witch Finder General Silas Doom was murdered for his gold. Every 10 years he returns to the scene of his murder, Seaton Delaval, to search for his treasure.

Autumn days out

A lovely setting to practice your walking skills © NTPL/National Trust

A lovely setting to practice your walking skills

New research has shown that a relaxing stroll can make you really happy!

So it's great that autumn is here providing a colourful backdrop for a walk. Actually it's ideal for joining in the Great British Walk, a campaign to encourage even more people to indulge in the great outdoors.

50 things to do before you're 11¾

Give geocaching a try at Seaton Delaval © NTPL/Garmin

Give geocaching a try at Seaton Delaval

The evenings are getting a little darker but there's still an outdoor adventure waiting for you here... '50 things to do before you're 11 ¾' is a campaign to get even more youngsters outdoors.

Visit the gardens to go bird watching, make a trail with sticks around the estate, find a geocache, explore inside a tree at the playground and so much more.

Christmas at the Hall

We know it's still a little early but we can't contain our excitement... you see, we have a very special guest joining us on the 6 and 7 December. Here's a little clue: He likes to wear red.

Visit us again soon...

Although almost all of the scaffolding has gone there's still ongoing work happening - it's always evolving and developing! So please come back soon to see what's different.

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