Open Fri, Sat, Sunday 11-3pm  

UPDATED   1/8/21 by Christine.  August already and the Swallows are gathering to head south,  we’ll have to make the most of getting out & about in the warm weather to get out & meet with friends. In addition to our usual days we will be open Thurs. 19th, Thurs. 26th plus Bank Holiday. Mon. 30th.   We have plenty of outdoor eating areas ( some are undercover) with delicious toasties, bacon sandwiches or a sweet treats from our coffee shop. The Gardens are open at the same time, although last entry to the Gardens is 2.30pm.  No need to book for either, although I can be contacted on 07778447920.

Details of this months events on our Events Page

FOOD –  You will be asked for contact details for Track & Trace.  Masks Must be Worn when ordering refreshments in the coffee shop.

GREEN POLICY.  We’ve purchased special cups so that we can compost them please deposit in the bins provided. ( You could take them home & re use as plant pots.)


WE have  a ONE WAY SYSTEM from the Car Park around the Secret Gardens in place to ensure that you don’t come in contact with other visitors. Visitor numbers will be monitored, we’re finding that with 14+ garden areas, there is plenty of space for all. 

Sorry No Picnics.  One family pet is welcome on a short lead please.

TRANSACTIONS;  We are encouraging card & Contactless Payment Systems  you will be outdoors at all times for Tickets & Plant Purchases. Staff will be regularly washing hands, cleaning down the Indoor & Outdoor Surfaces & Card machines. The Coffee Shop has a  One in -One out system of entry for ordering food with a Virus Screen in place. We are keeping  guidelines of spacing & masks indoors in place.

There is no charge for entry into the  CAFE/NURSERY/PLANT SALES AREA   

We will be posting regularly on our blog pages & Facebook with lovely pictures  from the gardens. Keep up to date by liking us on Twitter, Facebook @birkheadscoffee. or checking our blog pages on this site or if you would like to receive our e-newsletter just sign up at the bottom of this page. Take Care of yourselves, Christine & Mick 

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 14 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.

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




Last entry 2.30pm for the gardens.



NB. ADMISSION charges have remained the same for 8 years and are essential to help pay for maintenance  of the gardens, thank you for your support, we need it this year more than ever before.

SEASON TICKETS  REVISED CONDITIONS; – COVID 19 – Things may change but we’ll do what is in everyones best interest & safety

CONTACT Christine 0n 07778447920