Our opening times until Oct.17th: Friday – Sunday 11am-3pm

UPDATED   11/10/21 by Christine.  We’ve extended our open days this year into Oct. we’ll be open 11am-3pm Fridays – Sundays until Oct 17th We have plenty of outdoor eating areas ( some are undercover) with Healthy Veg. Soup, delicious Toasties, Bacon Baps, Spiced Teacakes, Cakes etc. Seasonal lattes,  Gingerbread,  Caramel & Pecan flavoured from our coffee shop.

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.

We will be closed for essential work – planting 3,000+ bulbs from Oct 18th-28th.

Pumpkin Hunt Fri. 29th -31st Oct. 10am-3pm for the young & young at heart, so why not come along & follow the trail. A ‘Treat’ for any child (or adult) in fancy dress. Adult £5 Child £3 Family 2+2 £15. We’ll be taking bookings from Saturday 9th Oct. Please ring 07778447920 

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.

Details of Bulb Lasagne workshop Friday 8th Oct. are on our Events Page

FOOD –  You will be asked for contact details for Track & Trace or if sitting indoors.

GREEN POLICY.  We’ve purchased special cups so that we can compost them please deposit in the bins provided. ( You could take them home & reuse as plant pots.)


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. 

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

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.

There is no charge for entry into the  CAFE/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 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



OPEN  Fri – Sunday 11am-3pm until the Oct. 17th. Closed 18th-24th for essential maintenance. Re-Open 29th-31st. for a Pumpkin Hunt. Adults £5 Children £3.

 Nov / Special Weekends & Events; Please check here before setting out as there are no regular opening hours during winter months

‘BRING A FRIEND’ SEASON TICKET FOR two £30 lasts until the same day next year. 


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

CONTACT Christine 0n 07778447920