Opening times for 10 December 2023
Asset Opening time Central hall 11:00 - 15:00 Brewhouse Café 10:00 - 14:30 Garden 10:00 - 15:00 Stables 10:00 - 15:00 West wing 11:00 - 15:00
Last admission one hour before closing. Last orders at the Brewhouse half an hour before closing.MTWTFSS2728293012345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031
The Book Nook second hand bookshop can be found at Visitor Welcome.
Dogs on leads welcome are welcome in the grounds. No admission to buildings or Delaval Playdium play area (except access dogs).
Brewhouse Cafe open 10am-4:30pm serving a range of drinks, snacks, light meals and sweet treats.
Accessible toilets at Brewhouse Cafe and Carriage House toilets. A fully accessible Place to Change is available in the toilets next to the North West Woods near the Delaval Playdium. Family toilet available next to the North West Woods near the Delaval Playdium.
Car park free.
Mobility parking spaces next to admissions hut. Accessible toilet in the Brewhouse, accessible path network through the gardens.
A fully accessible place to change is available in the toilets next to the North West Woods near the Delaval Playdium.
Tablet available in the West Wing.
Braille (guide or menu)
An introduction to the property is available in Braille.
Powered mobility vehicle available
All terrain mobility scooters are available for hire on a first-come, first-served basis for outdoor use. Manual wheelchairs available for transfer inside the Basement and West Wing Kitchen.
Stepped access only to Saloon, Central Hall and upper floors of the West Wing.
Introductory film available in West Wing Kitchen Lobby, includes exploration of upper floors with subtitles and BSL.
Level access to food outlet
Manual wheelchairs available for hire on a first-come, first-served basis.
Level access available to Basement and ground floor of the West Wing. Accessible path network across the site.
A190 passes main gates, linking to A193 coast road at Seaton Sluice.
From south A19 from South Tyneside, Wearside and Teesside (tolls apply). Approximately 5 miles from Tyne Tunnel: Follow A19 to exit A1056 Killingworth/B1322 Seghill and follow signs for A190.
From A1 north/southbound: Exit Jct 80, follow signs for A19/A1068/B1318 Tyne Tunnel/Cramlington/Ashington/A189 Blyth/Seaton Burn. Follow signs for A189 Ashington then follow signs for A190
Parking: Visitor car park free. From main gates take left fork to visitor car park. Car park locked at 5pm.
Sat Nav: Sat Nav postcode NE26 4QR
Network of footpaths: Seaton Sluice (¾ mile), Seaton Delaval (1 mile), Blyth and Monkseaton Wagonways(1/3 mile).
West Monkseaton, Tyne & Wear Metro approximately 3 miles. Connects with Arriva bus services 308 and 309 approximately 1/2 a mile away on Whitley Bay seafront.
Northumberland Line Seaton Delaval train station due to open late 2024, linking with X7 bus route.
Arriva service X7 from Newcastle Haymarket Bus Station to Blyth every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday and hourly on Sundays, stopping at Seaton Delaval Hall (connects with services to Whitley Bay and North Tyneside). Goes via West Jesmond, South Gosforth, Longbenton, Balliol Business Park, West Moor, Burradon and Seghill.
Arriva service 308 from Haymarket Bus Station to Blyth South Beach via Coast Road, New York, Preston Grange, Whitley Bay. Stops approximately half a mile away in Seaton Sluice.
Go North East service 309 from Haymarket Bus Station to Blyth Bus Station via Coast Road, Meadow Well, North Shields, Cobalt, Rake Lane, Whitley Bay. Stops approximately half a mile away in Seaton Sluice.
NCN1 Coast and Castles passes approximately 1/2 a mile away in Seaton Sluice, linking Newcastle and Edinburgh.
Local networks of cycle paths including Monkseaton Wagonways. Approx 1/4 mile from Monkseaton metro station join wagonways at the bottom of Hartley Avenue. Wagonway route is approximately 3 miles in a straight line: Continue along wagonway to join the main road at The Avenue A190 and turn right for approximately 1/3 mile until reaching the main gates.
North Shields Ferry Terminal 8 miles
Travel the green way and plan your journey by train, bus, bike or foot at Good Journey.
Seaton Delaval Hall is a two pawprint rated place. There’s plenty of ground for dogs to roam at Seaton Delaval Hall. Find out where you can walk your dog on the estate and the facilities available for your four-legged friends.
Discover formal and informal opportunities for education and learning for children and young people at Seaton Delaval Hall. There are cross-curricular opportunities to learn inside and out, for all ages all, with a fun day out too!
Take a look at the map of Seaton Delaval Hall to help plan your visit.
Central Hall, Saloon & Basement
One of architect Sir John Vanbrugh’s smallest country houses, the Hall was ravaged by fire 200 years ago. The remaining central block offers a unique opportunity to discover the surviving architecture. Start your journey here and discover the industries on which the Delaval family's wealth was built.
Explore the playfully presented stories of the theatrical and mischievous Delaval family. Meet the family through the Hall's portraits and get up close with the collection in the Collections Store.
A varied garden featuring an Italianate parterre, herbaceous borders, an arboretum, a small pond and a stunning laburnum arch.
South East Gardens
The lost South East Gardens have been reimagined and feature relaxed spaces with Vanbrugh's views into the wider landscapes, a wild flower bed and playfully hidden structures for all to enjoy.
The Delaval Playdium
Inspired by the mechanics of Baroque theatre and the candle-lit shows of the gay Delavals, the Delaval Playdium play area in the North West Woods is a space to play, create and explore.
Pick up light bites, snacks, lunches and tasty cakes and bakes in our award-winning and historic Brewhouse Café.
Community Kitchen Garden
Head down to the garden at the foot of the Walled Garden - home to Tots' Plots - to see what's in the cutting garden and the no-dig beds filled with fruit, vegetables and flowers.
Church of Our Lady
Independently managed, the beautiful 11th century church was once part of the Delavals' estate and the private family place of worship. Now the parish church, opening times vary; please check before visiting.
There's lots to enjoy as a family at Seaton Delaval Hall. Whether you're uncovering the stories of the flamboyant Delavals through the collection and creative installations or you're enjoying the take on on their love of trickery and theatricality in the gardens or enjoying the Delaval Playdium, there's something for all families to enjoy and discover here.
Uncover centuries of history and the story of the flamboyant and theatrical 'gay Delavals' in architect Sir John Vanbrugh's stunning buildings at Seaton Delaval Hall. Discover the dramatic scars of the fierce fires that nearly condemned it to ruin 200 years ago and see how the creativity and mischief has returned to this country house once more.
Find out what you’ll discover in the varied garden at Seaton Delaval Hall, from a Parterre and Rose Garden to a centuries-old weeping ash and woodland waiting to be explored.
Follow the journey of conservation at the places in our care in the series broadcast on the BBC earlier in the year, Hidden Treasures of the National Trust. Go behind the scenes and hear from the experts and conservators who look after many treasured objects, including some of those at Seaton Delaval Hall. Watch the series on BBC iPlayer now.
Seaton Delaval Hall is known for its history as a place of theatricality, creativity and artistry. This history is inspiring events and activities at the hall now.
Applications are now open for the 2023-24 North East Emerging Artist Award. Established in 2021, it is inspired by Seaton Delaval Hall’s long-standing tradition of supporting the arts and encouraging emerging talent. It is open to artists from all artforms who are in or from the North East. The award’s aim is to showcase site-specific contemporary art in a historic context and to encourage emerging artists to develop their proposals at the hall. Apply now.
Join us for a relaxed and welcoming creative wreath making workshop led by Seaton Delaval Hall's Gardener, Nicola. Book now and learn how to create your own wreath using materials found on the estate.
Christmas 2023 at Seaton Delaval Hall is about enjoying the simple pleasures of the festive season, featuring seasonal delights including live music and song, natural decorations, sparkling scenery on the stage in the Old Kitchen, winter wanders and more. There's no advanced booking required and no additional costs. Just come along and enjoy a great SDH welcome and yuletide day out alone, with friends or with family, guaranteed to lift the spirits and leave you with memories that make you smile for years to come.
An easy self-guided walk taking in the points of interest around Holywell Dene and Old Hartley, including the history of the local area and Seaton Delaval Hall.
Explore Seaton Delaval Hall's estate on a circular walk in Northumberland, and discover a Norman church, a ruined castle, a nature reserve and Sluice Harbour.
This gentle trail starts from Seaton Delaval Hall and takes in much of the wider estate, incorporating local points of interest and historical facts about the Delaval family.
This circular walk from Seaton Delaval Hall, takes in signs of an agricultural and coal mining past on the route to Holywell village, and passes through woodland along the way.
Explore the villages, farmland and coast surrounding Seaton Delaval Hall and learn about a Second World War battery as well as a Victorian coal mining accident on this gentle circular trail.
Delve into centuries of history, from invading Normans to Second World War prisoners of war, on this circular trail around Seaton Sluice and Blyth, starting from Seaton Delaval Hall.
During your visit to Seaton Delaval Hall, stop by the Brewhouse Café. Housed in a 17th-century building, it offers a wide range of drinks and snacks, as well as indoor and outdoor seating.
As part of the lighthouse, you’ll be a stone’s throw from the Sunderland coast.
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.
A luxury lakefront cottage that’s steeped in history and surrounded by stunning views.
Retreat to this Arts and Crafts style house on the Cragside estate, close to the Northumberland coast.
Seaton Delaval may have been one of the architect Sir John Vanbrugh’s smallest country houses; but it was home to the larger than life Delaval family.
The house and surrounding landscape were in keeping with the style expected in Georgian society, yet behind the formality lies a story of theatricality and mischief.
Known as the ‘Gay Delavals’ due to their high spirited and flamboyant lifestyle, an invitation to one of their parties was the hottest ticket in town. In an age notorious for extremes of behaviour, they stood apart as the most notorious of all Georgian partygoers and pranksters. Imagine awaking in the house to find your room “turned upside down” with furniture fixed to the ceiling, or finding yourself in a state of undress and having the walls collapse!
Enter a world where an extraordinary lifestyle was acted out in the most colourful way. The Delavals loved a performance, staging events from rope dancers and sack races outdoors to masquerade balls and even their own theatrical productions at home and further afield, which earned rave reviews at the time.
Seaton Delaval Hall has moved from fortune to misfortune many times through the centuries and the story of its survival is as dramatic as any performance that could be staged. It still bears the scars of the fierce fires which almost condemned it to ruin two hundred years ago, but even today plays a major part in the history of the North East.
Now Seaton Delaval Hall is embarking on its encore thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and others. Between 2019 and 2022 the Hall completed a major project titled the 'Curtain Rises', which included a full reroofing of the West Wing, replacement of six chimneys and the introduction of conservation-grade heating; critical repairs to the cantilever staircases leading from the Central Hall to the Basement; the reflooring and introduction of sympathetic lighting in the Basement; conservation of structures in the landscape including the ha-ha walls, mausoleum and walled garden walls, a contemporary reimagining of the 1781 estate plan in the landscape, incorporating the reintroduction of historic path networks and improvements to visitor facilities including a new cafe, play area, accessible entrances and toilets. In addition, the hall's collection has been re-presented to better introduce the 'gay Delavals'- and better tell their stories, bringing back the drama and flamboyance for which they were known.
Learn the story of this baroque Northumberland manor house and the individuals who shaped it, including architect Sir John Vanbrugh and the notorious 18th-century Delaval family.
Find out more about the main restoration projects from the first 10 years at Seaton Delaval Hall, from restoring the weather-damaged marble floor to adding a brand new cornerstone.
Find out more about the major conservation work at Seaton Delaval Hall and discover new facilities, experiences and events thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
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