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Escape to this tranquil nature reserve: a grand forest garden and landscape park created by one of the richest men in Georgian England.

Gibside offers miles of woodland and riverside walks with views across the Derwent Valley. Explore an architectural gem of a chapel, see red kite soar above the famous tree-lined avenue; discover our ever-changing walled garden and our vibrant stables discovery centre, with lots of eating and shopping temptation on the way.

Bring the family for wildlife spotting and outdoor adventures, including nature playscape and rope-climbing challenge, or indoor fun with our milkable cow and Gibside Hall playhouse

Things to see and do at Gibside:

  • 18th-century landscaped 'forest' garden
  • Woodland and riverside walks boasting fine views across the Derwent Valley
  • Palladian Chapel with unusual three-tiered pulpit
  • Site of Special Scientific Interest - look out for red squirrels, kingfishers and other wildlife
  • Ancestral estate of the Queen Mother's family, the Bowes-Lyons
  • Award-winning toilets
  • Uncover Mary Eleanor Bowes’ dramatic story of torture and abduction
  • Look for nature at our wildlife hide and viewing cameras

How to find us

near Rowlands Gill
Tyne and Wear
NE16 6BG
Tel: 01207 541 820