Getting around Gibside

Disabled visitor riding a 'tramper' at Gibside

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 this 600 acre woodland and garden and it's more visually clear than ever just how much Gibside is holding onto a hill. 

So how can we help you to enjoy this special place?

Accessible parking

We have 14 easy access parking spaces for blue badge holders near the entrance of the main car park (the first car park on your left when you arrive at Gibside).

It has a level tarmac surface. These spaces are about 70 metres from visitor reception and the path there is 1:18 uphill.

We have seven easy access parking spaces near the exit of the second car park. It has a loose gravel surface and the spaces are located on a slight sideways slope.

 

Shuttle bus service

From 17 July, there will be some changes to the current shuttle bus service and we are introducing a ‘Mobility vehicle service’. This service is aimed at visitors who are unable to make the walk from Visitor Reception to the Market Place and the Stables. 

There'll be two routes:

  • One route is between visitor reception and market place, on request every day between 10am and 5pm (except when the vehicle is running to the stables).

  • The other is from market place to the stables, which will depart from market place at quarter past every hour, and leave from the stables at half past every hour.

If you'd like to know more about the new Mobility vehicle service.

Powered mobility vehicles (Trampers)

We have two powered mobility vehicles, known as 'trampers' on offer. This allows visitors with reduced mobility a fantastic chance to explore Gibside's gardens and woodland.

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.

 
 

Raised walkway

Our new raised walkway rises gently from visitor reception towards the cafe and shop, bypassing Gibside's estate drive and offering a 1:12 gradient.

At five metres above the woodland floor, it has an octagonal viewing area which offers a great chance to spot birds in trees. There are eight steps and a step-free ramp (1:10) near the top of the walkway.

Other easy access facilities

  • An accessible toilet at market place and the Stables.

  • Two wheelchairs available to borrow for free.

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

  • We have 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.