Houses & gardens

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Formal gardens

There are lots of formal gardens to discover in the North East, each very unique. From the Gertrude Jekyll garden at Lindisfarne Castle to the hidden walled garden at Wallington and Cragside's Victorian terraces. 

Wild flowers

Gardens full of wild flowers are great havens for our native wildlife. Discover the species that thrive along the cliff tops at Souter Lighthouse and the Leas, the mature nut orchards at Washington Old Hall or the pocket of heaven for wildlife at Ormesby Hall.

Plot to plate

We grow a lot of fresh herbs and vegetables in the gardens we look after. Much of the produce is harvested for use in the café. For inspiration visit Gibside's walled kitchen garden, the allotment plots at Seaton Delaval Hall or Cragside's orchard house. 

Conservator's diary

Our conservator in the North East, John Wynn Griffiths, sheds some light on the mysterious art of conservation. In the first of a new regular diary, he tells us what he's been up to at Cragside this month.

A beer garden like no other

Sun down at Gibside takes place every Friday night, all year round. We have joined forces with the award-winning Wylam Brewery to whet the whistle of drinkers who like their beer to be accompanied by a stunning backdrop.

Collection highlights

We recently launched an enormous online database of the National Trust's collections. There's all kinds of curiosities, from lion's manes and kangaroo paws (no, really) to model ships - have a browse and see what you can find.