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 compete in a game of frisbee golf, zoom across the zip line at Strawberry Castle play area, build dens and take on the low ropes challenge.
For those looking to unwind, curl up at the café and second-hand bookshop or admire artistic exhibits at The Stables.