Famous Eighteenth Century
landscape of the now ruined Gibside Hall.
This landscape was
all about sweeping away little flower beds and bringing in the
wider landscape with avenues and vistas and green in all its hues.
The main feature is the wide tree lined grassy avenue that races
up from the chapel through the park, stopping abruptly before
you get to the impressive Column of Liberty at the far end. To
reach this, you have to set off through the woods.
Guided walks and trails
lead you around the site, through woods and along the river, with
other landmarks on the way. Most of the buildings are ruined,
but nonetheless interesting.
At the Hall, burnt down
and now irreparable you can day-dream its past glories, as at
Gardening on a more
domestic scale happens within the walled garden with vegetables
and fruit grown for sale in the farm shop.
Adult £5.40, Child £3.15. NT members free.
Dogs on leads.
Off B6314 between Rowlands Gill & Burnopfield, 6miles south-west
of Gateshead. Bus + 1/2 mile.
Open: Daily 10am-6pm (4pm Nov - Easter).