Gibside Activity Centre Accommodation Tyne & Wear

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North East

Gibside Rowlands Gill, Gateshead, NE16 6GB

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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Bank Holidays


5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years

One of the few surviving 18th-century designed landscape gardens, Gibside was fashioned with two things in mind: spectacular views and ‘wow’ moments.

Listed under: Accommodation & Residential | Bunkhouses

What we offer


The estate, commissioned by coal baron George Bowes, offers a glimpse into the past and the compelling story of heiress Mary Eleanor Bowes. 

So, if you're looking for somewhere to sleep over and would like it to be really special, how about in a grand stable block nestled within a Georgian estate? 

Stay in the renovated stable block and escape the hustle and bustle of modern life. 

Located just 20 minutes away from Newcastle city centre, Gibside has over 600 acres of gardens, woodland, country and riverside to be explored, including a Palladian chapel and ruin. Perfect for walking, it’s a haven for wildlife and nature too – you might even spot a wild Red Kite soaring overhead. 


Group Sizes Catered For


The residential centre caters for large groups in comfortable dormitory style accommodation, there’s space for up to 37 people, with a minimum booking of 15 people or the price equivalent. 


Risk Assessment Details


A risk assessment for staying in the Stables is provided upon booking.  

If groups choose to do activities with us we also supply these risk assessments to teachers.  

If a school is staying for the first time, teachers are encouraged to do a pre-visit to look around the accommodation and complete any further risk assessments they require.  

Fire alarm checks are carried out weekly, with visual inspection of fire extinguishers carried out monthly.  On the first night of a visit we will carry out a fire drill with the school group.


Pricing Information


Accommodation costs £15 + vat per person, for one night, and each additional night is £8.75 + vat per person.

The full package including accommodation, activities and catering costs £47 + vat per child, for one night, and £33 + vat per child, for each additional night.  

For groups taking out the full package, up to four adults can stay for free.  

For both packages there is a minimum of 15 people or the price equivalent.


First Aid Information

Members of staff are first aid trained however they might not always be present with the group, so members of the group must also be first aid trained.

Available Facilities


The red kite room is a multifunctional space with seating for up to 37 people to dine or to use as teaching space.

This room also includes two sofa-beds, a television, with a built in DVD player, and a selection of board games.

There is no Wi-Fi or internet access.  

If groups opt for the catering option, this is served in the Bowes Room which is connected to the residential centre. It can also be hired out separately.

Breakfast and lunch are currently charged at £4 + vat and an evening meal at £10 + vat 

Within Gibside itself, there are two main cafes; One at Market Place and one at the Stables, offering sandwiches, scones and cakes alongside a selection of hot and cold drinks.

At the Market Place café, jacket potatoes and fresh salads are also available. 

There are some pretty awesome things for youngsters and groups to do at Gibside, such as:

Strawberry Castle Play Area: Inspired by the lost Strawberry Castle garden feature, this wooden fortress welcomes many knights, kings, queens, princesses and more, every day. Swoosh down the slide, go wild on the swings, zoom down the zip wire and scramble in the water and sand. 

Nature Playscape: A woodland playscape created from materials found on the Gibside estate, is the perfect place to crawl through tunnels, balance across log bridges and clamber over tree trunks.

Low Ropes Challenge: Put your balance and strength to the test and make your way from one tree to another using the different rope challenges, if you dare… 

West Wood Activity Area: Build a den in this area of woodland using the fallen natural materials on the ground. Don’t forget to help ‘leave no trace’ and dismantle your den before you leave.

At the Stables: Take five in Renick's book shop where there's a range of second hand books. Here, you can take a seat and enjoy reading then and there or take one away with you, a small donation is always appreciated. You can also meet Daisy the cow, she's there and you can even help out by milking her.

Toilet facilities can be found at Market Place, The Stables and Strawberry Castle Play Area.


Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

The suitability of the accommodation for each individual group is assessed during a conversation with the group organiser.

Opening Hours & Information

Gibside is open all year round. 10am – 6pm during the summer and 10am – 4pm during the winter. Gibside is closed on 24 and 25 December.



“Thank you so much to everyone. We have loved our stay and the children have had an amazing experience and made some super memories.”  Lobley Hill Primary School, June 2017
“Amazing experience for all. Place beautiful, activities engaging and staff friendly and enthusiastic.” East Bolden Juniors, July 2017


Location Information


Gibside is just one of many National Trust places within the North East including Seaton Delaval Hall, Washington Old Hall, Penshaw Monument, Wallington, Hadrian’s Wall UNESCO World Heritage Site, Souter Lighthouse, Cragside, Cherryburn and Allen Banks.https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/days-out/regionyorkshirenortheast/north-east 

About the National Trust: The National Trust looks after more than 250,000 hectares of countryside, 775 miles of coastline and hundreds of historic places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. For more information and ideas for great value family days out go to: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/

Gibside is just 20 minutes from the centre of Newcastle City Centre: https://www.newcastlegateshead.com


Room Sizes and Facilities


The Red Squirrel dormitory sleeps 16 in bunk beds and the bat dormitory sleeps 17 in bunk beds and one single bed.  The leaders’ rooms each sleep two people in bunk beds.  There are shared bathrooms, one for each dormitory with a separate leaders shower room. 


Booking information


Gibside Stables Learning and Discovery Centre -  / 01207 541200


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