Birkheads Secret Garden

The weather men tell us autumn has begun, slightly shorter days and the garden is looking good,  sit 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 and swallows are still around. 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. Or join one of our Autumn Events; Details on the Blog Page on the right of this page or under News & Offers.

The Gardens, Plant Sales & Coffee Shop are open until 3.30pm on weekdays & 4.30pm at weekends, with the addition of Tasty Soups, Toasties, Sausage & Bacon sandwiches, and Toasted Cheese Scones. Delicious Cakes, Cream Scones, Milk Shakes, Speciality Teas & Coffees to enjoy indoors under the grape vine or outdoors under the Loggia or on the terrace in the Topiary Garden after your garden stroll.  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 comprise of a series of inspirational gardens 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  Wed, Thurs, Fri, 10am-4pm  Sat & Sun. 11am- 4pm

CAFE closes at 3.30pm


GARDENS Friday, Sat & Sun 11am -4pm

CAFE closes at 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