We’re open: Fri, Sat & Sundays 11am-3pm

Why not arrange to meet up with family & friends? 

UPDATED   April 10th by Christine   RELAXATIONS –  We can now meet up with family & friends from 2 households in outdoor spaces. If you’re looking for a ‘safe space’ to celebrate getting together, take a walk, maybe  with a coffee & treat from our coffee shop 11am-3pm. (No need to book if you’re happy to wait  5 minutes if you arrive at the same time as other visitors so that we can give you both a safely distanced visit. We’re also going ahead with 2 events in April – Early Perennials (23rd) & Forest Bathing (30th) – More Details on the Events Page

FOOD –  Take Away refreshments only at the moment,  drinks can be taken around the gardens or to your car, until those restrictions are lifted. ( April 12th )You will be asked for contact details for Track & Trace.  Masks Must be Worn when ordering refreshments & in the shop.

GREEN POLICY.  We’ve purchased special cups so that we can compost them please deposit in the bins provided.


WE have  a ONE WAY SYSTEM from the Car Park around the Secret Gardens in place to ensure that you don’t come in contact with other visitors. Visitor numbers will be monitored.

TRANSACTIONS;  We are encouraging card & Contactless Payment Systems  you will be outdoors at all times for Tickets & Plant Purchases. Staff will be regularly washing hands, cleaning down the Indoor & Outdoor Surfaces & Card machines. The Coffee Shop has a  One in -One out system of entry for ordering food with a Virus Screen in place. All other Gov’t. recommendations & guidelines  are in place.

There is no charge for entry into the  NURSERY/PLANT SALES AREA   

We will be posting regularly on our blog pages & Facebook with lovely pictures  from the gardens. Keep up to date by liking us on Twitter, Facebook @birkheadscoffee. or checking our blog pages on this site or if you would like to receive our e-newsletter just sign up at the bottom of this page. Take Care of yourselves, Christine & Mick 

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 are a series of inspirational gardens within a large rural garden, displaying a wide variety of hardy plants to provide colour, scent etc. to suit the wide range of diverse conditions found here.

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.

1.3 Spring blossom1.5 Ladies in GArden

You can enjoy the gardens, enjoy the views & look for inspiration.  

July Bowes Garden July Pink &Purple border



OPEN FRIDAY – SUNDAY IN  April 11am-3pm 

Last entry 3pm for the gardens.



NB. ADMISSION charges have remained the same for 8 years and are essential to help pay for maintenance  of the gardens, thank you for your support, we need it this year more than ever before.

SEASON TICKETS  REVISED CONDITIONS; – COVID 19 – Things may change but we’ll do what is in everyones best interest & safety