Getting around Gibside

Disabled visitor riding a 'tramper' at Gibside

We want all our visitors to have a fantastic time and we understand that everyone has individual needs and concerns, so what can you expect when you visit Gibside?

When George Bowes set about creating this vast and beautiful landscape, it was a garden for the elite. Today, it's for everyone to enjoy. 

We're on hand to help with any assistance you need, whether that's to pre-book equipment, provide information about new offers and we can offer an umbrella if it’s raining.

The woodlands and gardens reach over 600 acres and there are varying terrains within the estate. To help, we have electric trampers (off-road mobility scooters), wheelchairs and pushchairs available to borrow, alongside the use of a mobility vehicle service for those who require assistance accessing the grounds.

In the Chapel, we offer assistance through the provision of a staff operated stair climber and, at the Stables there is a lift to access to first floor. At the orangery, while one entry/exit of the orangery has steps, the other side a flat walkway to aid greater accessibility.

Carers, guardians and parents can use their max card for free admission into Gibside for both themself and the child and there is a designated disabled toilet in market place and at the stables, as well as separate baby changing facilities.

Parking and arrival

There are designated access parking spaces at Gibside

Car parking

There are 20 parking spaces reserved for blue badge holders in the main car park. It has a level tarmac surface and the spaces are roughly 70 metres from visitor reception with an 1:18 uphill gradient. At each space, there is a sign with a telephone number which you can ring if you need assistance getting from your car to the estate. The Mobility vehicle service bus can pick you up, or someone can meet you with a tramper. In the overflow car park, there are seven easy access parking spaces. The ground surface is loose gravel and the spaces are located on a slight slope.

Cotswold Outdoor

Raised walkway

From visitor reception there is a raised walkway, which rises gently towards the cafe and shop. At five metres above the woodland floor, it has an octagonal viewing area which offers some seating, ideal for a rest, and a great chance to spot wildlife. There are eight steps and a step-free ramp (1:10) near the top of the walkway.

" A few acres where the hill top enables the Londoner to rise above the smoke, to feel a refreshing air for a little time and to see the sun setting in coloured glory which abounds so in the Earth God made."
- Octavia Hill (1884-1945)

Exploring the grounds

A lady on a tramper at Gibside

Powered mobility vehicles (Trampers)

We have two powered mobility vehicles, known as 'trampers' on offer. They are a brilliant way for those with reduced mobility to explore Gibside. They are very easy to operate and we provide you with a briefing, test drive and route map before you set off. Trampers are free to borrow however, we recommend you call in advance to book one as they are very popular: 01207 541820.

Eating and shopping

If you have any questions about these facilities or have special access needs, please get in touch on 01207 541820 before you visit.