Guided walks and tours at Gibside

With over 15 miles of footpaths, Gibside is a great place to explore at your own pace, but if you'd like to discover a little more about the wildlife, history and gardens, why not join our engaging and knowledgeable guides for a wide choice of regular guided tours and special seasonal walks.

    Intrigue and Strife guided tours

    18th-century cartoon by famous cartoonist Gillray mocking Mary Eleanor Bowes

    Every day, 12noon and 2pm (Mar to Oct) or 11am and 1pm (Nov to Feb)

    Discover the rise and fall of Gibside’s families, including the dramatic true story of Mary Eleanor Bowes, one of the 18th century's richest heiresses, whose marriage to conman ‘Stoney’ Bowes was a cause célèbre of Georgian England, and recent subject of bestselling biography, Wedlock. Free tour but normal admission prices apply.

    Park Life health walks

    Visitors on a guided group tour

    First Wednesday, second Saturday, third Thursday and fourth Saturday every month, 11am

    Exercise at a gentle pace with a friendly group and the support of specially trained volunteers while exploring Gibside’s picturesque landscape garden. All levels of fitness welcome. Free entry.

    Ramble with a ranger

    Gibside is an important site for grassland fungi, like this red waxcap.

    Fourth Thursday and Sunday every month, 2.30pm

    Join our rangers for a gentle wander around Gibside and a behind-the-scenes insight into spotting and caring for Gibside's wildlife. A different route and seasonal theme each month. Normal admission prices apply.

    - 19 & 22 Sept - Ancient Trees

    - 24 & 27 Oct - Waxcaps & Fungi

    - 21 & 24 Nov - Wildlife Tracks & Signs

    - 23 & 26 Jan - Winter Birdlife

    - 20 & 23 Feb - Red Kites

    New Years Day Boundary Walk

    Snowy gate looking over Park Fields at Gibside landscape garden

    Wednesday 1 January, 11am

    For a refreshing start to 2014, a 5-mile guided stroll to the furthest reaches of Gibside, discovering the wildlife and stories that make this place so special. Normal admission prices apply.

    Garden Gossip Walk

    Colourful blooms in Gibside

    Saturday 12 October, 2.30pm

    Gossip with our gardeners and discover what's new in the garden ' from blooming plants to growing tips ' and see the latest progress on restoring Gibside to its 18th century glory. Normal admission prices apply.

    Great Gibside Hike


    Saturday 19 October, 11am

    Bring your boots and a picnic for a 7 mile guided walk to the furthest reaches of Gibside. Uncover our best views and lesser trodden paths.

    Fungi Foray & Feast

    Common Yellow Russula Fungi, Brownsea Island, Mushroom

    Sunday 29 Sept, 11am to 2pm

    Ramble round Gibside's wild mushroom hot spots learning what's edible and what's not, before a fantastic BBQ feast with some of your fungi findings. £13.50 booking essential, call 01207 541820

Pop in to visitor reception if you'd like to find out more about the guided walks and talks we have to offer.

Join our team
If you would like to share your love of Gibside with others, why not join our friendly team of volunteer tour guides and walk leaders. Please email us or call 01207 541820 for more information.