How To Find Us

From A1(m) approx 6 miles from north or south.

A1 > A692 from the north or A693 from south. > A6076 Stanley – Sunniside. Brown tourist signs on A6076 turn into Birkheads Lane. Pass Hedley Grange, Farm Shop, Hedley Hall Woodland Trust, our car park entrance is a further 400yds on your left, past the pond and exactly one mile from leaving the A6076. This is also the recommended route for coaches using the drop off point.

ACCESS – Car / Coach Parking

Free parking space for customers. approx 22 cars /mini buses.

There is a sloping path from the car park to the Coffee Shop, Nursery & Tea Terraces.

Coaches by prior appt. only. Group organisers will be given parking instructions for coaches.

Wheelchair Access

The Coffee Shop, Nursery & Tea Terraces are accessible for wheelchair users. The gardens have many changes in surfaces and are on a slope. We are sorry but mobility scooters are too wide for the gravel paths. There are seats dotted around the gardens. Our drive may be used as a drop off point for the coffee shop if you are not the driver. Please don’t park on our drive unless pre- arranged as it restricts other visitors access. We have two toilets both accessible by ramps, one with baby changing facilities Tel. 07778447920.

CYCLISTS, WALKERS & PUBLIC TRANSPORT Map Ref NZ 220 569

Buses run half hourly between Newcastle & Stanley X 30/31 Disembark at Tanfield Steam Railway and follow the Bowes Cycle Path ( on the opposite side of the road from the railway entrance) Walk 1 mile / 20mins along a reasonable surface with panoramic views to Birkheads Lane. At the road, turn right to pass in front of Birkhead Cottages then enter our drive into the Topiary Garden. We have a safe bike parking area in the yard for cyclists.
Bus operator – Go North East.

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