Things to see & do

Architecture

Discover the amazing architecture of the Hall  © Maureen Ritson

Discover the amazing architecture of the Hall

Built in the early 18th century, Seaton Delaval Hall is the best surviving example of English Baroque.

The Central Hall is regarded by many as the finest work of renowned architect Sir John Vanbrugh - who also designed Castle Howard and Blenheim Palace.

Discover the history of this amazing place. 

Gardens

Enjoy late summer blooms and changing colours during early autumn © Maureen Ritson

Enjoy late summer blooms and changing colours during early autumn

The beauty of the gardens at Seaton Delaval Hall changes with every season. Enjoy late summer planting and watch the trees and hedges start to transform with autumn colours.

Take a tranquil stroll and admire the rose garden in full bloom, marvel at the structures and hedges in the parterre, soak up the sun and relax by the summerhouse, and enjoy the colourful array of plants and flowers.

Central Hall

Enjoy the drama of the Central Hall  © Maureen Ritson

Enjoy the drama of the Central Hall

Step inside the Central Hall and its three hundred year history is clearly visible.

From its heyday as the impressive entrance to the Delaval family's grand mansion, it has seen many parties, survived great fires and military occupation, and remains awe-inspiringly beautiful. 

The Stables

The grand stables are well worth a visit  © Maureen Ritson

The grand stables are well worth a visit

Atmospheric and grand, the old stables are well worth a visit.

Here, you can see where the horses belonging to guests would have been kept, as well as paraded for all to see. The stables are very close to the cafe - the perfect place for a rest.

The West Wing

Marvel at the collection in the West Wing  © Maureen Ritson

Marvel at the collection in the West Wing

Marvel at the collection in the West Wing and discover the history of the amazing families that lived here.

Home to the last Lord and Lady Hastings until 2007, there's plenty to discover in the West Wing. 

Chat to one of our room guides as you wander around and discover the stories of the people connected to this unique place. 

Fresh air

Weâ¿¿ve got plenty of open spaces for lots of fresh air © Maureen Ritson

Weâ¿¿ve got plenty of open spaces for lots of fresh air

One of the most spectacular features of Seaton Delaval Hall is the amazing Vanburgh landscape which surrounds the building.

With sweeping open spaces and lots of hidden nooks and crannies there's plenty to explore.

Take a walk to the obelisk for a fantastic view f the building, take a stroll through the wide, open landscape and enjoy the gentle sea breeze, drifting up from the coast.  

Woodland walks

Head out for a walk and explore the woodland © Maureen Ritson

Head out for a walk and explore the woodland

Explore the quiet and peaceful woodland on the woodland trail and watch the seasons start to change.

The woodland really comes into it's own during the autumn and puts on a stunning display of autumn colours. There's also some fantastic den building spots and lots for our younger visitors to explore!

 

Playscape

Go wild in the natural, woodland playscape © National Trust / Susan Lockey

Go wild in the natural, woodland playscape

Constructed from trees felled on the estate there's plenty to do in our woodland play area.

You can jump, climb, balance, sit and crawl through underground tunnels, and 'look in a tree' as part of our '50 Things' activities, all in a lovely setting. 

Family fun

Run wild in the open landscape © NTPL/National Trust / Susan Lockey

Run wild in the open landscape

Take a stroll around the wider estate and explore the woodland, track down the scarecrows in the Community Kitchen Garden, get crafty with Make and Do on Sundays, pick up a 50 things booklet and have a go at some of the activities, crawl through tunnels in the play area or just simply run wild in the Vanbrugh landscape - just like the Delaval children would have done! 

Don't miss...

  • Joining a tour to learn more about this amazing place
  • The rose garden in full bloom
  • Exploring the grounds - there are lots of hidden suprises to discover!
  • Taking a look at our range of fantastic products in the shop
  • Visiting the cafe for a cuppa and a slice of cake
  • Taking a relaxing stroll around the gardens
  • Visiting the basement - it can be a bit spooky, especially around Hallowe'en!
  • Make&Do on Sundays - a free children's craft activity
  • The Delaval sheep - see if you can spot them on your visit!
  • Wider estate walks during autumn and winter - the perfect chance to discover the history of the surrounding landscape

Join us for the Tour of Britain

Join the race day atmosphere on Wednesday 9 September. Park your car or bike with us, enjoy a visit to the gardens and grounds and relax on the lawn ready to watch the races go past on their way to the finish line! 

Heritage Open Day

Brendan the stonemason hard at work in the Brewhouse

Saturday 12 September

Join us on Heritage Open Day for a chance to explore Seaton Delaval Hall for free!  

Brendan the Stonemason will be carrying out some live conservation on site and there will be an exclusive chance to explore some of the buildings that aren't usually open, and see some items that aren't usually on display...

Great British Walk

On 18 September the Great British Walk kicks off again - come along and explore Seaton Delaval Hall.

Head out on a gentle stroll through the woodland, soaking up the autumn colours or grab your walking boots and try one of our wider estate walks. Visit the nearby coastline and explore the harbour at Seaton Sluice and discover the history of the surrounding land.  

50 things fun

50 things fun at Seaton Delaval Hall

You can tick off plenty of the "50 things to do before you're 113/4" activities at Seaton Delaval Hall - pick up a free scrapbook and let your adventure begin! Catch a falling leaf in the woodland, explore inside a tree in the playscape and hunt for bugs in the gardens. There's also plenty of open space - the perfect location for flying a kite.

Don't forgot to share your 50 things activities with us on social media, we love to see what adventures you get up to! 

Cosy up in the cafe

The cafe is a little basic but it still has plenty to offer.

You can enjoy a fresh brew, soup, cakes, scones, sandwiches or soft drinks.

Then work it off in the special Woodland Play Area or with a stroll around the woodland!

Glorious gardens...

The gardens at Seaton Delaval Hall are ever changing and there's always something to see. 

Every day there's until the end of September there's a quick table top talk with the gardeners - join them at 12pm.

If you'd like to know more about what the gardeners here need to do in order to keep the place looking top notch, you can. Step forward Chris Brock...

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