Scaffold Climbs at Seaton Delaval Hall
Not for the faint-hearted... Join us 36 feet up (nearly 11 metres) and get close to the restoration work-taking place at Seaton Delaval Hall as part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund-supported Curtain Rises project.
This year we're taking advantage of the scaffolding covering the West Wing and inviting you to experience Seaton Delaval Hall from a completely new angle.
Originally the service wing for the Delaval family, the West Wing survived fire in 1752 and the great fire of 1822 to become the residential area of the hall for its final residents, the 22nd Lord and Lady Hastings and is the indoor space you may have previously visited to see the furnished rooms, including the Old Kitchen.
On these unique tours you'll be able to witness the team carrying out repairs to stone work and chimneys and preparing to completely re-roof the wing.
You'll attend a short safety briefing before donning a hard hat and a hi-vis jacket and climbing the 47 steps up the scaffold tower to the building site.
Each tour will be different as our guides share the updated progress of the West Wing roof repairs with you and shows you how we're addressing urgent conservation works to secure the hall for the future.
In order to take part in the scaffold climb you need to be aged 12 or above and wear appropriate, flat footwear (ballet pumps, flip flops and heels are not permitted) and no loose, floaty clothing such as scarves or shawls. You should be happy climbing steeps stairs including one level with differing treads. There are rest points on each landing but please note the height at the top is 36 feet up (approximately 11 metres); please make sure you have a head for heights and the stamina to climb!
Tours take place at 11am and 2pm, Thursday - Sunday and are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are not bookable in advance. Please note that tours are weather dependent and can also be affected the day after bad weather. Please book with the Visitor Welcome team on arrival at Seaton Delaval Hall.