Birkheads Secret Garden

Autumn has begun, with slightly shorter days but mild weather and the garden is looking colourful with fruits, berries, leaves etc. Rest 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 are still around. The sound of migrating geese can be heard at dusk. 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 by kicking up crunchy leaves like a 5yr old on a  welly walk with no one to watch! Make the most of it , fill up your memory bank- we close on Oct.27th for winter. 

The Gardens & Plant Sales  are open 11am-4pm Friday-Sun. The Coffee Shop is open 11am until 3.30pm with lots of new & seasonal tasty treats for you to try. A whole new range of autumn gifts & ornaments have given a new look indoors where Vanessa has been creating all week. Eat under the grape vine or outdoors under the Loggia or on the terrace in the Topiary Garden after your garden stroll. Check our Facebook page for special offers.

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.

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.

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



GARDENS   Fri, Sat & Sun. 11am-4pm 

CAFE 11am- 3.30pm


NOV & FEB SEE SPECIAL EVENT ON WEBSITE Please check before setting out.



Adults: £5.00 Seniors & Students £4.50

Child: aged 4-15 £2.50 includes an I spy trail around the gardens. 

NB. ADMISSION charges have remained the same for 7 years and are essential to help pay for maintenance  of the gardens, thank you for your support.

RHS Members Please check your handbook, Friday is RHS day.

SEASON TICKETS  Mar- Sept 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: £12.50 or  Bring a friend (double) season ticket: £25.00 Weather permitting we try to add a few ‘extra’ days during Oct, Nov & Feb. but these are weather dependent.  Extra days are also free entry to season ticket holders.

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 Coffee Loyalty Card