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Things to see and do at Gibside

People walking in the distance along a long grassy path towards a Chapel with columns.
Visitors walking on the Avenue in spring at Gibside | © National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Set amid the backdrop of the Derwent Valley, close to Newcastle, Gibside boasts both historic ruins and space for roaming.

Reconnect with nature


Whether you enjoy a relaxing stroll or a longer hike over varied terrain, walking at Gibside offers opportunities to see the architecture or venture into the wider estate.

Its peaceful surroundings have rest spots aplenty, perfect for pausing to watch wildlife and to enjoy views across the landscape, within the garden and over the Derwent Valley.

There are four marked walks to choose from, with each taking you on a different route around the 18th-century landscape garden.


While visitors cannot cycle at Gibside itself, lots of people do enjoy cycling to Gibside. You’ll find spaces to lock up your bike beside the café. Please bring your own lock.

Wildlife spotting

Home to roe deer, red kites, badgers, bats and otters, you can spend a whole day observing the wildlife at Gibside. Head towards Snipes Dene and you'll find a bird hide tucked away along a path near the banqueting house. Visitors here include siskins, sparrowhawks, green woodpeckers and greenfinches as well as the more common chaffinch, nuthatch and treecreeper.

Discover the Garden

Visit with each changing season to witness the Walled Garden, from apples and pumpkins in autumn to blossom throughout spring, and wild flower meadows in summer. Find out what's growing this month. Venture further to discover the Shrubbery by the Orangery and gaze at the red oaks and European larch that outline areas of the landscape garden.

Explore Gibside’s landmarks

Aerial view of Gibside Hall ruins
Aerial view of Gibside Hall ruins | © National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Gibside Hall

Built over 100years before Bowes reimagined the landscape in the 1730s. The core of the imposing mansion is Jacobean, dating from the 1620s, and may have been built on an even older building, as some of the oak floor timbers suggest they date to the 1470s. The Hall ceased being a family home in the 1870s and provided accommodation to Land Army girls during the First World War. In the 1920s the interiors were extensively stripped out, and the roof tiles were removed in the 1950s. In 2002 the trust undertook major stabilisation work, and it’s our hope to raise enough money to make the hall accessible once again, this may take time but with every visit, we get closer to our goal.

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Activities for families

Along the Explorer Trail, families can build dens, tackle the Low Ropes course and visit Strawberry Castle play area. Join us every school holiday for free family events and new ways to play.

Rest and relax at Gibside

Sometimes there’s nothing better than losing yourself in a literary adventure at the second-hand bookshop or enjoying homemade treats at Gibside café to keep you refreshed on your journey.

You can also enjoy a variety of massage treatments and energy work in the cosy woodland bothy from Kate Cullen's Holistic Therapies (booking essential, call +44 7925 299953 for more information).

Gibside second-hand bookshop
Gibside second-hand bookshop | © National Trust Images/Tony Blackett

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