Seaton Delaval Hall is a National Trust Site just outside of Seaton Sluice. The grounds are full of beautiful gardens, deep history and of course the hall itself. All of which makes this site one of the most popular national trust sites in the North East.
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Entrance to Seaton Delaval Hall
Seaton Delaval Hall is a National Trust Site, which means members of the trust get in for free. However, for everyone else, it costs per entree:
Family tickets are available, more information is here.
Their open hours are seasonal. In the winter (which this year is running till February 21st), the site is open 10am-3pm. In the summer, it stays open later 10am-5pm. Outside of bank holidays and school breaks they are closed Mondays and Tuesdays too. But check ahead with the site to make sure they are open here on their website.
Parking at the site is included in the ticket cost. And there did seem to be a decent enough sized car park with an overflow area. Although if you are visiting during high season, I would suggest getting there early!
Postcode: NE26 4QR
History of Seaton Delaval Hall
There is a very long history of this site and I couldn’t possibly begin to fully unpack that here. However, there are some bits that I think are great to know before you visit.
The Delaval family dates back to the time of William the Conquerer who gifted them land in Northumberland following their help at the Battle of Hastings. However, it wasn’t until the 1700s that the Delaval estate was purchased and the hall was built in the 1720s.
Fast forward to the night of January 3rd 1822, and the hall caught fire. Luckily the exterior survived the blaze. But the hall was gutted and the roof along with it. For 40 years it stood in a state of disrepair before it was replaced.
The site was finally sold to the National Trust in 2009 making it a fairly new addition to the catalogue.
Things to do at Seaton Delaval Hall
The gardens are absolutely stunning at Seaton Delaval. And you really can spend a couple hours exploring them!
These gardens are full of amazing art exhibits, a summer house, the Church of our Lady, stables and more. There is so much the explore in these gardens it could make for an amazing day out. My favourite part of the gardens was the incredible rhododendrons which were all in bloom when we visited last May. There is also a really pretty pond area with deck chairs to sit in and enjoy the space.
As for where to eat, there is a nice cafe on site. Their cheese scones were really good, but the shortbread biscuits, even better! Although if you are going to visit, then I would recommend you take a picnic and find a nice spot in the gardens to eat it.
If you wanted to extend your day out, then there is a couple of walking trails from the site to the coast. There are two you can do, the shorter one is between 4.5 and the longer is 5.8. You can read more about this route over on the National Trust website.
They often have various events on too, especially during the school holidays. So if you are planning a visit it’s work checking their page of upcoming events to see what they have coming up. You can do so here.
Overall, a day out at Seaton Delaval Hall could be a really great out, and is one of the more reasonably priced National Trust sites in the North East too! Have a read of this page if you want to know more about other sites in the area for you to explore.
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