Places to Visit:
Gibside: near Rowlands Gill, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE16 6BG
Stunning 18th-century landscape garden and haven for nature
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The National Trust website states that a visit to the property offers: “A taste of the country on the edge of the city. Discover fine Derwent Valley views, winding paths and refreshing open spaces while exploring our elegant buildings and ruins. Gibside is a Georgian ‘grand design’ on a spectacular scale. The vision of coal baron George Bowes, the Palladian chapel is an architectural masterpiece, the stable block is a vibrant learning and discovery centre, and the once grand hall is now a dramatic shell. Gibside is also a haven for wildlife with red kites often circling in the skies above. After centuries of decline, we’re reviving Gibside for people and nature. Come for events every weekend, escape along the avenue for miles of tranquil walks. Find picnic spots or enjoy family fun at the adventure play area and woodland play trail.”
It is fair to say that Gibside offers this and a great deal more. The Historical Examiner recently visited the estate to see for ourselves if it lived up to all the claims of the National Trust.
In our opinion, the car park area is a fair size and easily accessible. The walk to the payment office and then to into the estate is steep, so be warned! Overall our visit was enjoyable, and on a frosty day the scenery was stunning. We could imagine on a wetter day that the ground could become quiet unpleasant. Wear sturdy boots or wellingtons! The paths are slippy and narrow at times and whilst suitable for all ages The Historical Examiner believes that those not of sure footing would need to take care. There are other options to enjoy the estate for those of limited fitness or needing help to get around. Though taking someone with you who is strong would be a bonus, to help pull you up the steep elevations.
Images from the day!
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