Explore the grounds at Gibside

Gibside is one of a few surviving 18th-century designed landscapes and was fashioned with two things in mind: spectacular views and ‘wow’ moments. The estate, commissioned by coal baron George Bowes, offers a glimpse into the past and the compelling story of heiress Mary Eleanor Bowes. So what can you see here?

The interior of the chapel

Visit Gibside Chapel

James 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.

View from the chapel to the avenue

The avenue

The avenue, or the long walk, is of the most popular places within Gibside and it's easy to see why. Enjoy a walk along this lush, vast walkway whether it's towards the column, or the chapel, or a round trip. It's an example of a position within the gardens where you can look in each direction and see something new.

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.

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...