Opening times for 2 December 2023
Asset Opening time Landscape garden and woodlands 10:00 - 16:00 Café 10:00 - 15:30
No booking requirement (excluding some events). Last entry into Gibside 1-hour before closing. Visitors must vacate the car park at closing time. Strawberry Castle refreshment kiosk and Carriage House coffee shop operate at reduced hours. Gibside Chapel only open weekends excluding Christmas time, Saturday 25 November to Sunday 7 January.MTWTFSS2728293012345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031
Electric vehicle charging point
Twenty accessible parking spaces. Accessible Tramper is available to book, call 07712 535938 in advance. Shuttle bus available from visitor reception. Accessible toilets in Market Place.
Accessible route and/or map
Ask at reception for more details.
Level access to food outlet
Powered mobility vehicle available
Accessible tramper hire is available. Please call 07712 535938 to book prior to your visit.
Entrance on B6314 between Burnopfield and Rowlands Gill; follow brown signs from A1 , taking exit on to A694 at north end of Metrocentre
Find out about exploring car-free with Good Journey Travel greener, present your bus or train ticket, or show us your walking or cycle route to claim 10% discount in the café
Parking: Free parking. Electric car charging point available.
½ mile from Rowlands Gill. From Station Rd. join Burnopfield Rd. Cross the river Derwent and turn left into Gibside or choose the Derwent Walk Railway Path from Swalwell or Consett for a scenic route.
Travel by train to the Metrocentre (5 miles from Gibside) or Newcastle (8 miles from Gibside) and choose bus, taxi, cycle or foot to complete your journey.
Frequent services from Newcastle or Gateshead. The X45 takes 30 mins from Eldon Square and Central Station, 25 mins from Gateshead Interchange and 10 mins from Metrocentre. It also takes 30 mins from Consett in the opposite direction. Alight on Station Road, Rowlands Gill. It’s then a 15-minute stroll to Gibside. Buses also from Stanley (15mins).
National cycling route (NCN14), starting along the River Tyne in South Shields. Find Gibside ½ mile from Burnopfield Rd. in Rowland's Gill.
From Newcastle quayside, hire a bike to travel 10 miles on mostly traffic-free routes to Gibside.
Gibside is a three pawprint rated place. There are 15 miles of paths for you and your dog to explore, lots of facilities and they’re even welcome inside the coffee shop.
To encourage travelling by sustainable transport, we're offering visitors who choose car-free travel to Gibside, 10% discount in the café.
Gibside is the perfect place to bring a group of young people from schools, universities, Brownies and Scouts. Spark their creativity, build confidence, develop problem solving skills and enjoy nature.
Featuring 4 walking trails, places to visit, comfort facilities, access notes and dog litter bins
Georgian landscape with valley views, woodland, Walled Garden, Palladian chapel, stable block, grand ruin and Column to Liberty towering above it all.
Be king or queen of Strawberry Castle play area, build a den and challenge your family at the Low Ropes course. There's plenty of ways for kids (and big kids) to play at Gibside.
Hot and cold drinks and light snacks available to take away. Dog friendly café.
Four trails for differing abilities feature vista views across the Derwent valley and river. Walking routes stretch over acres of landscape garden, with orienteering and geocaching opportunities.
For families and adults, join outdoor events to get you closer to nature throughout the week and during school holidays.
Small bookshop by the café, selling a wide variety of pre-loved books.
Discover a much-celebrated Palladian church at Gibside, take a history tour, explore the estate and enjoy outdoor play for families.
From exploring the nature playscape, to being king or queen of Strawberry Castle play area, there are plenty of ways for kids (and big kids) to stay entertained all day at Gibside.
From peaceful strolls through the Walled Garden, where fragrant plants and seasonal vegetables grow, to adventures around the furthest reaches of the estate to spot ancient trees, vista views and wildlife going about their day.
Feel the spirit of Christmas, with a traditional feast of festive celebrations. From Saturday 25 November to Monday 8 January.
Enjoy a circular walk in Gibside's 600-acre woodland that's fun for the whole family, getting active in natural play areas and exploring the best of the estate.
A challenging 4.4-mile walk through the estate at Gibside that takes in far-reaching views of the Derwent Valley.
This route meanders around the landscape garden created by George Bowes and now in our care. You'll see grand historic features that play a huge part in Gibside's story and garden design.
Explore woodlands, meadows, wetlands and along the riverside, with estate highlights. You'll see nature at work and, if you are lucky, spot some wildlife at play.
A cliff-top cottage perching in the shadows of the iconic red and white Souter Lighthouse.
The perfect location for long days exploring the outdoors as well as rest and relaxation amongst nature.
A cosy stone cottage in the beautiful grounds of the Wallington estate, perfect for walkers, cyclists and wildlife lovers.
Follow the North star to Gibside Stables for an enchanting encounter with Father Christmas and his pointy-eared friend in this immersive theatre experience.
Follow the North star to Gibside Stables for an enchanting encounter with Father Christmas and his pointy-eared friend in a specially created smaller, quieter version of this immersive theatre experience.
Gibside is one of a few surviving 18th-century designed landscapes and was fashioned with two things in mind: spectacular vista 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.
Here, you can escape the hustle and bustle of modern life within 243 hectares (600 acres) of Georgian landscape garden. Highlights include valley views, woodland, Palladian chapel, stable block, grand ruin and Column to Liberty towering above it all.
Discover fine Derwent Valley views, winding paths and refreshing open spaces. Escape along the Avenue and around the garden for miles of tranquil walks, wildlife spotting and picnic spots. Wildlife and horticulture rich, Gibside is home to Roe deer, Red Kites, amphibian filled ponds, and a fruitful Walled Garden.
Enjoy family fun on the Explorer Trail and clamber across the nature playscape, zoom across the zip line at the adventure play area, build dens and take on the low ropes challenge.
For those looking to unwind, curl up at our café and second-hand bookshop.
If you require assistance of any kind please get in touch by calling 01207 541820.
We welcome all dogs to Gibside and know that it's a great place for them to enjoy. We do ask that they are kept on leads and that you clean up after them. Visit here for more information on visiting with your dogs.