Best wishes to You & Yours for good health, good fortune &  happiness in 2022. Check here for Special Snowdrop occasional open days after February 18th. & we’ll hope to see you with the Snowdrops, Christine & Mick

UPDATED   1/1/22  by Christine.  Take Care of yourselves & others, we hope that you & yours enjoy a happy, healthy New Year.  

We hope to reopen in spring( Covid permitting) when the weather improves & we’ll have plenty of outdoor undercover eating areas  with Healthy Veg. Soup, delicious Toasties, Bacon Baps, Teacakes & special treats from the coffee shop.

Sorry No Picnics.  One family pet is welcome- on a short lead please.

In the Nursery there are plenty of plants available to extend the interest in your gardens  and the gardens are looking terrific with unusual plants and rich autumn colours. Advice freely given.

SOCIETIES / GROUPS are welcome but must be pre booked so that we can guarantee multiple parking / coach places. Please avoid Sundays. Cycling Clubs welcome at any time we’re open. 

Details of our 2020 Memorial Bank are on the Blog Page.


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. We’re finding that with 14+ garden areas, there is plenty of safe space for all. 

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. We are keeping  guidelines of spacing & masks indoors in place

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 14 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.

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



CLOSED  until February / March – weather dependent. Check our home page from Feb. 18th onwards.

Next Years entrance cost will remain at £5 per person.

 Special Weekends & Events; Please check here or @birkheadscoffee  before setting out as there are no regular opening hours until the weather improves.

‘BRING A FRIEND’ SEASON TICKET FOR two £30 free entry until the same day of purchase next year. 

NB. ADMISSION charges have remained the same for 9 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

CONTACT Christine 0n 07778447920