Gibside

Gibside, Gateshead: Address, Phone Number, Gibside Reviews: 4.5/5

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GeordieBoy84
Durham, UK10 contributions
Great place
Nov 2021 • Friends
Great visit love this place! Did the Halloween trail and the kids loved it them went to play at strawberry castle playground.
Written November 6, 2021
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Ginger-Effie
Northumberland, UK22 contributions
A Definite Favourite
Oct 2021
Gibside is a wonderful place to walk in nature whatever your fitness level or however far you want to walk. The pathways are beautifully lines with woodland whether you take the gentle paths or go for the steeper hilly paths. There are two cafes, one in the kids play area (which is fab) and the other near the entrance. There a small shop and toilets on site too. You can spend hours here and not get bored if you love fresh air and mature. The chapel and monument are cool to see too. Our last trip was for the kids Halloween trail which they loved. I can’t really comment on price as we’re National Trust members but it’s definitely somewhere you can go and make a day of it.
Written November 3, 2021
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Nicki W
Cottingham, UK11 contributions
Overpriced and not fully operational
Oct 2021 • Friends
Not much of the site is actually open so this was basically an expensive woodland walk unless you’re a paid up NT member.
There was no mention of the chapel being closed on the website nor that, with the stables being closed, toilet facilities were also limited.
We felt that more could be done with the ‘grand’ ruin. The main information plaque on the upper path was missing and the ruin was cordoned off with ugly metal barriers/screening. Whilst visitor safety etc is obviously important surely something better could be installed.
The cafe was operating limited service which is understandable at the current time, but that doesn’t excuse a cup of milky tea. Tea needs to brewed before milk is added so maybe a move back to individual uht milk for those that would rather add their own. (Thankfully we were given extra tea bags when we mentioned our dislike of milky weak tea)
As visitors of many non NT historical sites/grounds this year, I can honestly say this is at the very bottom of the list both for enjoyment and value. Wish we’d read some reviews as we may well not have bothered.
Written October 17, 2021
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Richard B
Todmorden, UK625 contributions
Holiday with my wife 2021
Oct 2021
We were very pleased with the walking paths here at Gibside. Also the walled garden was really nice with the apple trees & wild plants .
Its a pity that there isn't a shop to sell the seeds etc.
Written October 15, 2021
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durham05
Durham, UK1,231 contributions
Interesting to see the crypt
Sep 2021
Visiting during the heritage weekend and was excited to find that the chapel crypt was open (the first time in what must have been 20+ visits). Very interesting and you see the coffins of George Bowes, his wife Mary, and some of the other family members. Icecream was another delight of this visit, but you had to join the long restaurant queue to purchase them. Could be better organised.
Written October 3, 2021
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Michael N
Cheadle Hulme, UK3,783 contributions
Seeing the rest of the grounds
Aug 2021
On previous visit a few years ago only managed to the chapel because of the poor weather. This time better weather but chapel closed for repairs.
Instead went for a long walk around the ground to see the old hall, stables and other attractions like Column of Liberty.
Seemed to for miles through the woodland but enjoyed our visit nonetheless.
Written October 3, 2021
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Marianne E
2 contributions
Almost perfect
Sep 2021
This review would have been 5 star except for the cafe. Gibside is a gorgeous place to explore any time of the year but in sept there is only one cafe open for food and they are really understaffed. I've seen this complaint on other reviews and nothing seems to have changed. We were in the queue for 30 minutes. I will certainly visit again but take a picnic.
Written September 26, 2021
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anonofbiggs
Bedfordshire, UK129 contributions
Worth Calling in
Sep 2021
Not the best time of year really for a garden, but we enjoyed walking on the shortest trail (as we only had an hour or so to spare), and we were glad that we went there.
The Walled Garden was a bit o a disappointment when it had been build up a fair bit!
Shame that we couldn't get into the chapel. It will be good once the National Trust has properly opened everything up again.
We would definitely visit again
Written September 22, 2021
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SharonJT67
Durham, UK4,912 contributions
First visit
Sep 2021 • Family
Visited for the first time today, we parked up to meet up with the grandchildren walking up the wooden walkway, think it’s incredibly ambitious to expect anyone to push a wheelchair up there as the sign suggests, I was short of breath at the top (apparently there is a shuttle bus but I didn’t se it today, but it was late on).

Spotted some deer 🦌 in the park which was lovely, plenty of walkways & dens for children to build, we only got as far as the strawberry park which was well laid out & being well utilised.

The first toilet adjacent to the strawberry park requires attention as despite locking the door it still opened so needs some attention, other than that really impressed with what we saw & would like to return to explore further.
Written September 19, 2021
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Sandi G
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK7 contributions
Would have loved a soggy sarnie!
Aug 2021
We decided to continue our burst of visits around the north east in the last week of the school holidays by going to Gibside to make some use of our National Trust cards. It's a huge area with long walks, with a lovely garden, a ruined mansion (which is off limits) and a folly. These provide some nice photo opportunities, but there is very little else to do, expecially for young children who apparently find it boring! There are play areas, but they seemed run down, and the bigger one was hard to find as the signage is poor. The cafe is overpriced too for the type of food on offer, and the sandwiches were dry - maybe the NT is trying to save money on butter! Word of warning - the way up to the grounds is via a steep wooden walkway, which may challenge some. I can imagine it would be hard for wheelchair users.
Written September 1, 2021
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