This 18th century hall with evolving gardens is a place of reinvention, with a story spanning more than 300 years. Shaped by its numerous occupants, it has an intriguing story to tell, beginning with the wealthy teenager who built the mansion and through its occupation by the RAF in World War II, to its reinvention as a country house gallery in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery. In the garden, the story continues with numerous sections showing Italian, Victorian and even horse racing influences as traditional herbaceous borders contrast with sweeping lawns, formal gardens and beds, wildlife areas, and a restored working walled garden.
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Captain Cook is said to have got his taste for adventure by exploring the slopes of Roseberry Topping as a boy, so think how you could be inspired by a trip up this iconic landmark. Your hike will be rewarded with a truly incredible view, so unroll your picnic blanket and settle in for the afternoon. Throughout the summer, you’re likely to see a range of butterfly species which are attracted to the wild flowers beside the walking tracks. At the top, look out for wall butterflies resting on the rocks.
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High Force and Low Force Waterfalls
The 70-foot drop of High Force makes it the highest uninterrupted drop of water in England. Surrounded by the rolling hills of Upper Teesdale, High Force sits within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and boasts a variety of animal and plant life including wildflowers, ferns, roe deer and rabbits which can be spotted throughout the summer across the trail, so don’t forget your camera. The Pennine Way footpath runs alongside the river at Low Force which is definitely worth a visit to appreciate a better view of the wildlife and see the spectacular 18-foot high set of falls tumble over the Whin Sill, which formed 295 million years ago from molten rock.
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Alnwick Castle & The Alnwick Garden
In the award-winning garden, you can marvel at the magnificent Grand Cascade, wander through the Rose Garden, wonder at the Poison Garden, and get lost in the Bamboo Labyrinth, while fans of the boy-wizard will want to visit the castle for the inside track on the filming of the first two Harry Potter films – as well as many other much-loved dramas – but don’t forget that the castle has been the home of the Percy family for over 700 years and holds an extraordinary collection of artworks by the likes of Canaletto, Titian and Van Dyck.
Gibside’s stunning 18th century landscaped gardens are popular with visitors of all ages. Right now you can explore a range of themed gardens, woodland walks and parkland, and even a neo-classical chapel – all whilst taking in the breathtaking views of the surrounding Derwent Valley.
Near Rowlands Gill, Gateshead NE16 6BG
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