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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.

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.

Join us for an adventure

Can you find our treasure box? It’s hidden at Hardwick © NTPL/National Trust/John Millar

Can you find our treasure box? It’s hidden at Hardwick

An outdoor adventure is waiting for you here...

Complete your '50 Things to do before you're 11 ¾' list, visit the gardens, take part in a tour to learn about specific areas of the estate 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.

It's definitely set in stone!

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

The backstory

Find out more about the family and servants who lived at the hall © NTPL/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 talk about from the design of the building itself (not to mention a disastrious fire), 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.

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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To keep up to date with restoration work, what's happening when and how, join us on facebook where you can also share your pictures and tell us about your visit.

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