Meander through gorgeous gardens

Flowers in the Walled Garden

Gibside was once the pleasure ground for the elite, offering beautiful gardens and grand buildings. It's now a rare surviving example of an eighteenth-century landscaped garden, with 'wow' moments and places for contemplation.

Created by coal magnate George Bowes (1701-1760), Gibside was designed to amaze and astound. While the grounds were already impressive, upon his death George's only daughter Mary Eleanor developed them into what we see now.

Gardeners working in the Walled Garden at Gibside, Tyne & Wear

Gibside's Walled Garden

Gibside’s Walled Garden is blossoming in every sense of the word. Constantly evolving and growing, it’s got quite a story to tell.

Visitors at orangery

The orangery 

Meander along the secluded path and admire the shrubbery and flowers as you go. Once at the orangery, there are more plants to admire ad views across the Derwent Valley. Mary Eleanor's orangery is possibly the most evocative structures within the estate.

Visitors looking towards the Column to Liberty at Gibside, Tyne & Wear

Column to Liberty

Standing (very) tall, the Column to Liberty was a sign of George Bowes' wealth.