Birkheads Secret Gardens

 We’re open for the 2019 season

Lots of unusual spring bulbs, Hellebores, Flowering trees  & Shrubs plus the Wildflower Meadow with its carpet of Fritillaries are all looking lovely this week. We’ve scented shrubs in flower and you’ll see we’ve been very busy during the winter. The Gardens, Plant Sales & Coffee Shop will be open with food & hot drinks to warm you up after your garden stroll. We’ve also lots of new gifts in the shop and new additions to the Coffee Shop menu.   My a new planting opportunity in the Cottage Garden is quickly being filled up with new shrubs & perennials suits now difficult to see where the major works took place in February.

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, working to improve the environment. 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.

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;- APRIL 3rd – MID Oct. 

WED, THURS & FRIDAYS 10am-5pm 

SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS 11am-5pM.

EASTER OPENING:-

Open Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Sunday & Monday 11am-5pm.

EASTER EGG TRAIL for school holidays is included in entrance fee.

The coffee shop closes at 4.30pm each day.

ENTRY CHARGES APPLY TO SECRET GARDENS but not the Plants sales or Coffee areas. Adults: £5.00 Seniors & Students £4.50
Child: aged 4-15 £2.00 includes an I spy trail around the gardens. 

NB. ADMISSION charges have remained the same for 6 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- Oct 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 at the beginning and end of the season. These are also free 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. 

SORRY NO PICNICS 

OFFERS & DISCOUNT Coffee Loyalty Card