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.
Sometimes it's exactly what you need, a good old walk. And quite often it's about just heading off on your own adventure. If you would prefer a trail to follow, great - there's four to download, each with something a little different on offer.
With the gardens looking rather dashing, it's an ideal time to hear all about how integral they are to Gibside's story. So while the weathers tip top and the evenings are lighter, perhaps a tour with knowledgeable and friendly guides could be on the agenda?
Every Friday and Saturday evening, the whole estate is open for longer. So whether it's for a late summer sun stroll, more fun at Strawberry Castle Play Area, or downing your picnic blanket on the avenue, you are most welcome here.
If like us, you enjoy some time to reflect, the Route to Relaxation Trail could be for you. You'll discover the hidden gems within Gibside estate as well as some peace and quiet. Perfect for some 'you' time.
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.