Birkheads Secret Garden
The weather men tell us autumn has begun, slightly shorter days and the garden is looking good, sit anywhere in the gardens, to experience the intense sense of contentment of everything around you, the birdsong, scent, humming, buzz of pollinators in autumn flowering borders, the butterflies and swallows are still around. The clean air lichen on shrubs & trees tells you that everything is as it should be in this tiny corner of the world, absorb it all and experience your own sense of Wellbeing. Or join one of our Autumn Events; Details on the Blog Page on the right of this page or under News & Offers.
The Gardens, Plant Sales & Coffee Shop are open until 3.30pm on weekdays & 4.30pm at weekends, with the addition of Tasty Soups, Toasties, Sausage & Bacon sandwiches, and Toasted Cheese Scones. Delicious Cakes, Cream Scones, Milk Shakes, Speciality Teas & Coffees to enjoy indoors under the grape vine or outdoors under the Loggia or on the terrace in the Topiary Garden after your garden stroll. The Secret Gardens were created by the present owners Christine & Mike Liddle working to improve the environment left by a heritage of coal mining and intensive farming. The gardens comprise of a series of inspirational gardens displaying a wide variety of hardy plants to provide colour, scent etc. to suit the wide range of 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 range of 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 – please read our ‘Groups’ page if you are more than 16 members. The 3 acre gardens are situated in rural Gateshead between Beamish Open Air Museum & the Tanfield Steam Railway.
You can enjoy the gardens, enjoy the views & look for inspiration.