Seaton Delaval Hall

The Avenue
Seaton Delaval
NE26 4QR

+44 0191 237 9100

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 90 reviews
Find within approx miles of Seaton Delaval Hall


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. Now it provides an amazing space for arts, heritage and the community to come together.

Seaton Delaval Hall features in the itinerary...
Fish & ships

Ticketing and entry prices for Seaton Delaval Hall

Type Entry for Guide price
(Adult - Gift Aid)
per ticket
(Child - Gift Aid)
per ticket
(Family - Gift Aid)
per ticket
(Adult - Standard)
per ticket
(Child - Standard)
per ticket
(Family - Standard)
per ticket
(Group Child)
per ticket
(Group Adult)
per ticket

National Trust members go free

Dates & times for Seaton Delaval Hall, Seaton Delaval

From To
Monday03/09/2018Sunday21/10/201811:00 - 17:00
Monday22/10/2018Sunday04/11/201811:00 - 17:00

Also open seven days a week during school holidays. For detailed opening times please visit

Car parking available at Seaton Delaval Hall Historic sites Attraction Car parking available
Dogs / pets allowed at Seaton Delaval Hall Historic sites Attraction Pet friendly
Toilet Facilities at Seaton Delaval Hall Historic sites Attraction Toilet facilities
Child / family friendly at Seaton Delaval Hall Historic sites Attraction Family friendly
Certificate of ExcellenceCertificate of ExcellenceCertificate of Excellence

Return visit here

bdon257, Morpeth, United Kingdom
We visited again this time with our granddaughter and we had another great visit. The volunteers are friendly, knowledgeable and keen to help. The ongoing restoration work is interesting to see and a huge multi million project is ongoing. The gardens boasts community plots which are full of fruit, vegetables and flowers. The hall itself is a magnificent shell with only the wings unscathed by the fire which destroyed the centre. The formal gardens are looking very good at present with mature trees shrubs and enclosed floral beds. The Norman church of Our Lady is accessed through the gardens. We will certainly return in future to see the changes from the restoration process.

Great place, great staff, great visit

Phil7631, Durham
Having just bought a NT membership my wife and I have been to a couple of properties over the last few weeks, including Wallington and Cragside. I have to say that I probably enjoyed this more SDH more than either of those. The staff were great and seemed to take great pleasure in explain the history of the Hall and the Delaval family. Give it a go, you won't be disappointed

A little more information

I’m a great fan of self guided tours and would have really liked a little more written information around the grounds. However, there is more great stuff to be said than my little whinge. The group introduction on the steps was informative and engaging (he compared himself to Ken Dodd but I thought the recollection of the facts was very impressive) and I would spare the 30 minutes to listen. I would definitely revisit, they have big plans for this site and it will be great to go back and see what they have come up with. The site has a very fun humour, lots of grounds, and indoors for if it rains you out. I would say certainly fun for all ages.

An unusual National Trust building

101dot, Eastbourne
From the outside this looks like many of the National Trust buildings, a large country house. But when you enter you quickly realise that it is just a shell with a view damaged statues as the result of a devastating 19th century fire. You can still access most of the rooms and learn about the theatrical family who owned the hall and of some of the tricks they play on their guests. The ground are accessible and enjoyable.

Carnival & the Storm

Michael S, Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom
We've visited three times now, the last being at Christmas. Note over the winter time the west wing is closed off just for the Santa's grotto but also to clean and restore the rooms and items within. The rest of the hall is open though. Summertime on the other hand, everything is open with full access to the grounds. The last weekend of July was a special weekend with a Carnival theme. Throughout grounds there were circus performers, circus workshops, street performers and orchestral groups. The orchestral group positioned in the garden adjacent to the summerhouse was a great place out of the way from the hustle and bustle to relax for a while. The summerhouse also sold refreshments to accompany the relaxation. The performers were all excellent, the kids particularly Brian Airhead. I'm not sure if it was him or not but there was a very similar act on Britain's got talent. The weather wasn't great this particular day so it wasn't as busy as it could have been. It was an advantage to the people that were there was more items to try in the circus workshops without to much waiting. It was also easier to watch the shows without fighting a crowd. With one particular act, a comedian fiddle player, he performed with the weather against him. Performing straight Infront of the southern entrance to the hall, he performed as the audience sat on the steps watched him and the storm heading our way. He finished his act just in time as a thunderstorm hit. A few helped him collect his p.a. system and get it inside. Heavy rain, hail, thunder and lightning hit. Everyone gathered in the main hall and the doors were shut for everyone's safety. It was an unusual feeling almost of unity, everyone in the same boat, mingling and chatting with complete strangers as we all watched the storm battering everything outside. A national trust staff member commented how the hall had probably never had so many people in together and how it almost felt like one of the flamboyant gatherings that the Delevals used to host. As the storm passed everyone went their separate ways and the exciting experience was over. The weather did not spoil the event at all but for me brought more drama to the occasion. As well as the goings on in the grounds the gate in the south west corner was opened to allow access to the adjacent church which has just opened after restoration. The church of our lady is not part of the national trust but the parish church deep in history connected to the Delevals and the hall itself as well as strong connections to Durham Cathedral. Highly worth visiting as part of you visit. A great visit as always but even better on this occasion with all of the entertainment.

Find us on Facebook

<div class="fb-like-box" data-href="" data-width="300" data-height="350" data-colorscheme="light" data-show-faces="false" data-header="true" data-stream="true" data-show-border="true"></div>

Follow us on Twitter



Search for things to do

Search for events

Search for accommodation

Sign up for our newsletter

It's in our nature
Tourist Information Centres in Northumberland
Late availability noticeboard