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.

OPENING HOURS

MAY – AUGUST

GARDENS Wed, Thurs, Fri 10am-5pm Sat-Sun 11am-5pm.

CAFE closes 4.30pm.

AUG. BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY OPEN 11am-5pm

CAFE closes 4.30pm

SEPTEMBER & APRIL

GARDENS  Wed, Thurs, Fri, 10am-4pm  Sat & Sun. 11am- 4pm

CAFE closes at 3.30pm

OCTOBER & MARCH

GARDENS Friday, Sat & Sun 11am -4pm

CAFE closes at 3.30pm 

WINTER 

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

PLANT SALES & COFFEE GARDEN AREAS ENTRY IS FREE. 

ADMISSION TO SECRET GARDENS

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. 

SORRY NO PICNICS 

OFFERS & DISCOUNT Coffee Loyalty Card