Birkheads Secret Gardens

The Secret Gardens were created by the present owners Christine & Mike Liddle. The three acre garden, situated in rural Gateshead between Beamish Open Air Museum & Tanfield Steam Railway, comprises of a series of inspirational gardens displaying a wide variety of hardy plants to provide colour, scent etc. to suit the diverse conditions found here. No garden ticket is necessary to visit the coffee shop, gift shop or nursery sales area so call in for coffee and browse our hardy garden plants grown 650 ft above sea level.

Sorry, no dogs allowed in our open plan coffee shop but plenty of outdoor seating for you and your pet with orders brought to your table. Groups welcome but please read our ‘Groups’ page if you are more than 14 members.

1.3 Spring blossom1.5 Ladies in GArden

You can enjoy the gardens, look for inspiration, bring the kids to do a nature trail, walk the dog (kept on a lead please). If it’s wet, bring your wellies and we’ll loan you an umbrella. We are open until Oct. 16th. this year when we will close until March 1st ’17

Unwind with a drink and a bite to eat on the terrace or on cooler days stay inside the cosy coffee shop with its wood burning stove. There are sweet and savoury delights to tempt all customers with seasonal, locally sourced food where possible; snacks & light lunches, delicious cakes with speciality teas & coffees.

July Bowes Garden July Pink &Purple border


Opening Times/Prices


GARDENS; Wed – Fri.  10am-5pm.                           Sat & Sun 11am-5pm

COFFEE SHOP;   Wed – Fri. 10am – 4.30pm.                       Sat – Sun 11am – 4.30pm

There is no charge to visit the coffee shop, nursery or gift shop areas

(NB. The coffee shop  closes 30 mins before the garden every day. ( 4.30) every day.

We are closed Mondays & Tuesdays 



Adults: £4.50 Seniors & Students £4.20
Child: aged 4-15 £2.00

Sorry No Picnics.


Adult/Senior single season tickets: £12.00 or  Bring a friend (double) season ticket: £23.00

Season tickets grant unlimited access to the gardens, nursery & coffee shop during normal open hours 



Show your season ticket  on a Friday and receive 10% discount on your food and drink in the coffee shop. 

Club CC Cycle to the Secret Gardens and show your card to receive 10% discount on food & drinks