Pond Dipping

Discover what's living below the surface of a pond.

  • Booking essential
  • Admission applies

We have nets, underwater cameras and experts on hand so you'll have everything you need to discover the wildlife living below the surface. Maybe you'll see a rare great crested newt.


Event ticket prices
  • Child £5.00
View admission charges


Gift Aid Standard
Adult £12.40 £11.20
Child £6.20 £5.60
Family £30.40 £27.60
Additional Family - 1 adult £18.30 £16.60
Group Adult N/A £8.50
Group Child N/A £4.25

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points. Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission or
  • Standard admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you the Gift Aid Admission prices. But it's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Standard Admission instead, just let us know when you come to pay.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid* — an extra 25 per cent — potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below: Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please advise our reception staff at the till point.

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00


*Gift Aid donations must be supported by a valid Gift Aid declaration and a Gift Aid declaration can only cover donations made by an individual for him/herself or for him/herself and members of his/her family.

Please note...

For Gibside summer nights, it's free entry for National Trust members or normal admission charges apply (including to the cafe / pub).

The basics

Booking details
Call 01207 541820
Children must be supervised by an adult.
Unfortunately dogs are not welcome at this event.
What to bring and wear
You are very likely to get wet. Wear clothes you don't mind getting muddy and bring your wellingtons.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
23 June 2018 11:00 - 12:00 Available
14:00 - 15:00 Available
14 July 2018 11:00 - 12:00 Available
14:00 - 15:00 Available

Contact Info

Call 01207 541820

Upcoming events


Thu 24 May 2018
Spring is the time to see nature bursting into life. Collect a Springo sheet and see how many signs of spring you can see as you explore Gibside.

The orangery urns by Andrew Burton

Thu 24 May 2018
Sculptor Andrew Burton has researched the tempestuous story of Mary Eleanor's second marriage to Andrew Robinson "Stoney" Bowes as well as looked at the original urns that once graced Mary Eleanor Bowes' original orangery.

Your sweetest empire is to please by Fiona Curran

Thu 24 May 2018
Delve into Gibside's past through a new and exciting installation by mixed media artist Fiona Curran and visit her architectural folly by the Orangery.

Gibside Sewing Group

Thu 24 May 2018
Whether you are new to sewing or have been doing it as long as you can remember, the Gibside Sewing Group meet weekly and everyone is welcome.

Gibside summer nights

Fri 25 May 2018
Explore Gibside after hours. The summer sun and lighter nights are ideal for longer adventures, so we're opening the whole estate until late.

History tour

Fri 25 May 2018
Join a history tour to hear all about Gibside and how it came to be.