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.

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.

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

No garden ticket is necessary to visit the Coffee Shop, Gift Shop or Plant Sales area so call in and browse our hardy plants grown 700ft above sea level.

Gardeners' Blog

Extended car parking area

This week we’ve put in another few parking spaces.

Opening Times/Prices

OPEN   Wednesday March 9th 2016

(off peak hours apply in March & October)

Wed – Friday 10am – 4pm. Sat – Sun 11am – 4pm 

Close for winter Oct 16th

OPEN peak season April-Sept  

Wed- Friday 10 – 5pm Sat – Sun 11 – 5pm

Open all Bank Holidays 

Adults: £4.50 Seniors & Students £4.20
Child: aged 4-16 £2.00 or £3.00 with garden quiz pack ( suitable ages 3-10 )

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 

Weekday-only season ticket available for discounted price of £8.50 single & £18.00 double


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

Cycle to the Secret Gardens and receive 10% discount on food & drinks