Birkheads Secret Gardens

 Our snowdrops herald the coming of spring and there are still plenty to see in flower in combination with lots of different varieties of Crocus, Daffodils & Hellebores many of them our own hybrids.  Call into the coffee shop afterwards for hot & cold refreshments  by the woodburning stove. Our tiny gift shop has lots of unusual gift ideas for Mothers Day or if you have a weekday free why not bring Mum for lunch as an early Mothers Day treat.

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. No garden ticket is necessary to visit the coffee shop, gift shop or nursery sales area so call in for coffee and browse our 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.

1.3 Spring blossom1.5 Ladies in GArden

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

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


 We’re open now for the ’17 season. 


We will be open on Good Friday 10am-5pm & Easter Sunday  & Monday 11am-5pm

GARDENS; Wed – Fri.  10am-5pm.                           Sat & Sun 11am-5pm

COFFEE SHOP   Wed – Fri. 10am -4.30pm              Sat – Sun 11am- 4.30pm


Adults: £5.00 Seniors & Students £4.50
Child: aged 4-15 £2.50 includes a Key for the wishing tree and a garden trail sheet. 

SEASON TICKETS If you’re planning to visit the gardens more than twice this year, the season ticket will save you money.     Adult/Senior single season tickets: £13.00 or  Bring a friend (double) season ticket: £25.00

SEASON TICKET RENEWALS SPECIAL OFFER -bring your key ring from last year and your replacement will be discounted to £12 or £23.

SEASON TICKETS– grant unlimited access to the gardens, nursery & coffee shop during normal business hours. 


OFFERS & DISCOUNT Show your season ticket  on a Friday and receive 10% discount on your food and drink in the coffee shop. 

Club CC Cycle to the Secret Gardens and show your card to receive 10% discount on food & drinks