Visitor walking towards the chapel at Gibside in autumn

Important notice -

Please be aware there are temporary traffic lights outside Gibside today. Please take extra care, be considerate of other road users and do not block the main road.

A Georgian landscape garden forged in an industrial past


Things to see and do

Play out at Gibside

A family building a den in the woods

Complete the Gibside Activity Diploma

This autumn we're setting you (and the whole family) the challenge of completing the Gibside Activity Diploma. It's a range of outdoor activities that are specific Gibside, including completing an orienteering course, swinging on the rope swing, counting the trees along the Avenue and more.

Make the most of autumn


What's on

Upcoming events


Sat 21 Sep 2019
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.

Axe throwing - exclusive workshops

Sat 21 Sep 2019
Book your family, partner or friends in for an exclusive axe throwing workshop with our resident Range Master.

Creative Workshops at Gibside: Experimental Mono Printing

Sat 21 Sep 2019
Come and explore a variety of creative workshops at Garden Cottage, set within Gibside's beautiful Walled Garden.

Great Run Local

Sun 22 Sep 2019
Gibside is delighted to host Great Run Local who organise free weekly 2km and 5km timed runs that are open to everyone and are safe and easy to take part in.

History talk

Sun 22 Sep 2019
History talks give you a taste of Gibside's past. There are 6 topics to hear about: George Bowes, Mary Eleanor Bowes, the Stables, Coal, the chapel and Gibside's timeline.

History walk

Sun 22 Sep 2019
Join a history walk for a glimpse into the past. The vision of coal baron George Bowes, Gibside is one of the few surviving 18th century designed landscape gardens. Gibside's story is one of tragedy, scandal and triumph.

Eating and shopping

Eat and shop at Gibside



Two National Trust leaders in the woodlands with a school

Learning at Gibside 

Join us for a day of learning with a difference. This 600 acre historic garden will become your classroom for the day (or two if you are staying over). You can enjoy extraordinary and inspirational experiences by being in the great outdoors and getting close to nature and wildlife.


Our work

Mary Eleanor Bowes orangery in early summer

Help us to bring the citrus plants back to the orangery 

The orangery is perhaps one of the most important buildings at Gibside. It's Mary Eleanor Bowes' only contribution to the buildings within her father's grounds. And this year, you can help us to bring the citrus fruit trees back to her orangery after an absence of 170 years. A £1 raffle ticket will go towards new orange trees and the creation of bespoke new planters for this 18th-century greenhouse. You could even be in with a chance of winning £10,000. For more details about this grand building, visit this page.


Places to stay

Book an unforgettable experience


Art and collections

Our collections

Explore the objects and works of art we care for at Gibside on the National Trust Collections website