History tour

Join a history tour to hear all about Gibside and how it came to be.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

The vision of coal baron George Bowes, Gibside is one of the few surviving 18th century designed landscape gardens. It was fashioned with two things in mind: spectacular views and 'wow' moments. Today it offers a glimpse into the past and the compelling story of heiress Eleanor Bowes, which is packed with tragedy, romance, scandal and triumph.


Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
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

Dogs on leads are welcome.
What to bring and wear
Suitable waterproof outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear or wellies are advisable.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
22 June 2018 11:30 - 12:00 Available
13:30 - 14:30 Available
24 June 2018 11:30 - 12:00 Available
13:30 - 14:30 Available
25 June 2018 11:30 - 12:00 Available
13:30 - 14:30 Available
29 June 2018 11:30 - 12:00 Available
13:30 - 14:30 Available

Contact Info

Call 01207 541820

Upcoming events

Gibside summer nights

Fri 22 Jun 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.

The orangery urns by Andrew Burton

Fri 22 Jun 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

Fri 22 Jun 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.

History tour

Fri 22 Jun 2018
Join a history tour to hear all about Gibside and how it came to be.


Sat 23 Jun 2018
Whether you're new to running, a youngster or an Olympic athlete, all runners are welcome at Gibside parkrun, a free 5km timed run every Saturday at 9am.

Pond Dipping

Sat 23 Jun 2018
Discover what's living below the surface of a pond.