Seaton Delaval Hall - National Trust

Seaton Delaval Hall - National Trust
The Avenue Seaton Sluice
Whitley Bay
NE26 4QR

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014




0191 2379100

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Exterior view of Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland

The romantic and partly-ruined, Seaton Delaval Hall was built between 1718 and 1731 by Sir John Vanbrugh, architect of Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard, and is one of the most important historic houses in Britain. The Hall, its gardens and grounds in south Northumberland, near the coastal town of Blyth, was acquired by the National Trust in December 2009 after a tremendous fundraising effort by the local community.
We hold regular arts, heritage and community events as well as children's craft and outdoor activities. Please visit our website for a full list of our events.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Winter Opening Times (1st October - 1st May)
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday
11am - 3pm (last entry 2.15pm)

Summer Opening Times (1st May - 30th September)
All days excluding Wednesdays (SDH is closed to the public on Wednesdays)
11am - 5pm (last entry 4.15pm)

Admission charges

Including Gift Aid:
Adults £5/ Children £2.50

Not including Gift Aid
Adults £4.50/ Children £2.25

Free for National Trust Members unless otherwise specified.


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Additional info

Parts of the estate, including the Main Hall are not accessible for wheelchair users. Please call venue for more details.

Collection details

Architecture, Social History

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Girl with flowers

Kids' Gardening Club

  • 7 September 2014 1:30-3:30pm

Join our garden team for digging, planting, weeding, harvesting or eating.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Heritage Open Days 2014: Seaton Delaval Hall

  • 13 September 2014

Seaton Delaval Hall is a great house set in its own estate with lovely gardens and a fine collection
yet it is also much more.

It is a signpost pointing to the diverse history of a family which acquired land here in the late 11th century. The house occupies the site of a Norman settlement, and its original Norman chapel remains in use today.

Built between 1719 and 1730 for Admiral George Delaval, it is not only the finest house in the north east of England, but also among the finest works of its architect, Sir John Vanbrugh, one of the masters of English Baroque.

For 900 years, the estate has been a stage for drama, intrigue and romance while the surrounding landscape has fuelled industrial revolution. The house has survived terrible fires, military occupation and potential ruin.


Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.