Getting around Gibside

A lady in a tramper at Gibside Market

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?

Gibside comprises over 600 acres of woodland and gardens, including historic buildings such as the chapel and stable block, as well as Gibside Hall (now a ruin).

When George Bowes set about creating this vast and beautiful landscape garden, the setup was slightly different to today.

The original entrance to Gibside estate was in fact at the opposite end to the current one, just by Whickham Golf Club. Providing a superb unveiling of the grand Hall once visitors finally arrived there in their horse-drawn carriage.

Fast forward to present day; the car park is now at the opposite end of the estate and it's more visually clear than ever just how much Gibside is holding onto a hill. 

" 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)


Other easy access facilities

  • An accessible toilet at Market Place and the Stables.

  • Two wheelchairs are available to borrow for free.

  • There is a powered stair climber at the Chapel for those who find it difficult to climb the steps.

  • There is level access into the main cafe via the shop.

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