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The Bowes Museum Garden & Park

Barnard Castle

The gardens were originally designed by John and Joséphine Bowes and the formal parterre garden complements this unique building. Today you can explore acres of parkland, enjoy a picnic or go for a peaceful stroll around the grounds, where there are specimen trees from all over the world. There is also a new childrens' play area for families to enjoy which includes a climbing frame, balancing log and bars, a slide, large bucket swing, stepping stones and a bridge beam.

Durham University Botanic Garden

Durham

The Botanic Garden at Durham University is open to the public, who can wander through the alpine garden, winter garden, bamboo grove, glass houses and the recently developed woodland garden and wild flower meadow. It is set in 10-acres of mature woodlands on the southern outskirts of Durham city.

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Brancepeth Castle

Durham

The castle was originally founded many centuries ago by the chief of the Anglo Saxon Bulmer family whose last male heir, Bertram Bulmer had a daughter called Emma who married Gilbert De Neuville, a Norman baron who had come to England with William the Conqueror. De Neuville's descendants were called the Nevilles and were the owners of Brancepeth Castle until the sixteenth century. The castle is a Grade-II listed building and is now under private ownership.

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Raby Castle

Darlington

Raby Castle is surrounded by 200 acres of green parkland, which is also home to red and fallow deer. There are walks through the park and around the ponds where there is plenty of wildlife on show. There is also 5-acres of traditional 18th century ornamental walled gardens including fabulous yew hedges, trees, plants and ornaments from the 18th and 19th century.

Crook Hall & Gardens

Durham

The 13th century Grade I listed Medieval hall in Durham City provides a spectacular backdrop to the stunning gardens. Visitors from all over the world come to share in the timeless magic of Crook Hall and leave inspired by these idyllic English themed gardens.

Wynyard Hall

Billingham

Wynyard Hall is surrounded by 150 acres of historic parkland. The gardens host one of the largest rose gardens in the UK and are home to 3,000 dazzling David Austin roses. The gardens are a popular North East visitor destination. The edible garden houses vegetable plots filled with home-grown produce that supplies the cafe and restaurant. The marquee garden displays Italian-inspired landscape, while the wild garden is of a more informal, relaxed design. The hall contains luxury accommodation and a lakeside spa within the old Victorian boathouse, which offers a range of therapies. There is a restaurant that serves a fine dining menu, Sunday lunch and seasonal dishes, and there is also the library that provides a setting to enjoy afternoon tea. There is also a cafe serving a seasonal menu, the farm shop which is filled with artisan and locally sourced produce, and the glasshouse which boasts a stunning luxury homeware and gift collection.

Rokeby Park

Barnard Castle

Rokeby Park was built by its owner and amateur architect, Sir Thomas Robinson, in 1735. Rokeby Park represents the heyday of the Palladian-style country house. There are no formal gardens but there are grounds and the natural beauty of the Greta river and the Tees. The Tees runs from west to east half a mile to the north; the Greta from south to north a few hundred yards to the east. They converge at the Meeting of the Waters, a local beauty spot accessed along Mortham Lane.

Old Durham Gardens

Durham

Charming public gardens offering a variety of riverside and woodland walks, alongside a walled garden, less than a mile from Durham city centre.

Eggleston Hall

Barnard Castle

The walled garden at Eggleston Hall specialises in rare and unusual species with an emphasis on hardy herbaceous stock, which thrive in the climate of the northern dales. The surrounding wall is home to a variety of fruit trees and an alphabetical apple walk has recently been planted. The ruins of the old village church can be visited with some fine stone carving. The paths are mainly gravel but wheelchair visitors are very welcome. Dogs on leads can also enter the gardens. There is a large sales area as well as wonderful borders, glasshouses and mature trees.

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The Bowes Museum Garden & Park

Barnard Castle

The gardens were originally designed by John and Joséphine Bowes and the formal parterre garden complements this unique building. Today you can explore acres of parkland, enjoy a picnic or go for a peaceful stroll around the grounds, where there are specimen trees from all over the world. There is also a new childrens' play area for families to enjoy which includes a climbing frame, balancing log and bars, a slide, large bucket swing, stepping stones and a bridge beam.

Eggleston Hall

Barnard Castle

The walled garden at Eggleston Hall specialises in rare and unusual species with an emphasis on hardy herbaceous stock, which thrive in the climate of the northern dales. The surrounding wall is home to a variety of fruit trees and an alphabetical apple walk has recently been planted. The ruins of the old village church can be visited with some fine stone carving. The paths are mainly gravel but wheelchair visitors are very welcome. Dogs on leads can also enter the gardens. There is a large sales area as well as wonderful borders, glasshouses and mature trees.

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Raby Castle

Darlington

Raby Castle is surrounded by 200 acres of green parkland, which is also home to red and fallow deer. There are walks through the park and around the ponds where there is plenty of wildlife on show. There is also 5-acres of traditional 18th century ornamental walled gardens including fabulous yew hedges, trees, plants and ornaments from the 18th and 19th century.

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The Bowes Museum Garden & Park

Barnard Castle

The gardens were originally designed by John and Joséphine Bowes and the formal parterre garden complements this unique building. Today you can explore acres of parkland, enjoy a picnic or go for a peaceful stroll around the grounds, where there are specimen trees from all over the world. There is also a new childrens' play area for families to enjoy which includes a climbing frame, balancing log and bars, a slide, large bucket swing, stepping stones and a bridge beam.

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Raby Castle

Darlington

Raby Castle is surrounded by 200 acres of green parkland, which is also home to red and fallow deer. There are walks through the park and around the ponds where there is plenty of wildlife on show. There is also 5-acres of traditional 18th century ornamental walled gardens including fabulous yew hedges, trees, plants and ornaments from the 18th and 19th century.

Durham University Botanic Garden

Durham

The Botanic Garden at Durham University is open to the public, who can wander through the alpine garden, winter garden, bamboo grove, glass houses and the recently developed woodland garden and wild flower meadow. It is set in 10-acres of mature woodlands on the southern outskirts of Durham city.

Eggleston Hall

Barnard Castle

The walled garden at Eggleston Hall specialises in rare and unusual species with an emphasis on hardy herbaceous stock, which thrive in the climate of the northern dales. The surrounding wall is home to a variety of fruit trees and an alphabetical apple walk has recently been planted. The ruins of the old village church can be visited with some fine stone carving. The paths are mainly gravel but wheelchair visitors are very welcome. Dogs on leads can also enter the gardens. There is a large sales area as well as wonderful borders, glasshouses and mature trees.

Crook Hall & Gardens

Durham

The 13th century Grade I listed Medieval hall in Durham City provides a spectacular backdrop to the stunning gardens. Visitors from all over the world come to share in the timeless magic of Crook Hall and leave inspired by these idyllic English themed gardens.

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