Created by coal baron George Bowes, Gibside was fashioned with two things in mind: spectacular views and ‘wow’ moments.
And that is still true today.
Although there have inevitably been some changes over the last few decades, Gibside is now, more than ever, a place for everyone to enjoy.
You can wander along miles of woodland and riverside tracks, we particularly recommend the Route to Relaxation trail. Discover the majestic Palladian Chapel designed by renowned architect James Paine and see the ruin Gibside Hall, perhaps while looking for red kites soaring over head or roe deer bounding through the woods.
If you enjoy delving into the past, then joining a tour could be for you. Hopefully we've got you covered for whether you enjoy heading off on your own adventure or joining others to do some exploration.
Come on, let's go...
2017 is the tercentenary of the architect James Paine. Paine was the architect employed to design Gibside Chapel, and thanks to him the Chapel is now recognised for the superb craftsmanship of the stonework, and its symmetry, placing it in the company of some of the most celebrated Palladian churches in the country.
Autumn heralds moody misty mornings, gorgeous fiery hues and a non-stop performance from nature itself. And enjoying a self-led or downladed walk is the best way to look out for fungi, atmospheric spider webs, ducks returning for winter and more.
Gibside was developed by coal Baron George Bowes who revolutionised the business world in Georgian England. His daughter and heir also has quite a scandalous tale. With your support, we're caring for this 18th century landscape garden. If you'd like to hear why, perhaps a tour is for you?
As autumn creeps in it's the ideal time to capture the last of the longer evenings. Explore Gibside until 9pm every Friday and Saturday; indulge in a picnic, embark on a walk or play in the walled garden. (Normal admission charges apply.)
It may be the school holidays, however we've created a route to make sure you can still enjoy some peace and quiet. The Route to Relaxation will take you away from the crowds and on the path to some possibly needed TLC.
Once inside, it's easy to forget that we're on a hill and that a lot of hard work went into the engineering of this place. Including, a network of culverts underfoot to control the natural flow of water. Mysterious.