Seaton Delaval Hall

The Avenue
Seaton Delaval
NE26 4QR

+44 0191 237 9100

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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.

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Dates & times for Seaton Delaval Hall, Seaton Delaval

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Monday16/04/2018Sunday27/05/201811:00 - 17:00
Monday28/05/2018Sunday03/06/201811:00 - 17:00
Monday04/06/2018Sunday22/07/201811:00 - 17:00
Monday23/07/2018Sunday02/09/201811:00 - 17:00
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

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Fascinating and enjoyable visit

TheUKwanderer, Kent, Uk
A really good day out with helpful, approachable guides and members of staff. Standing on land originally gifted to the Delavals by William the Conqueror in 1080, the Hall was completed in 1728 but a fire in 1822 started in the SE wing and spread into the central Hall. The SE wing was subsequently demolished, although some remains of this structure are evident. Although various attempts have been made at restoring the Hall, including re-roofing in the 1860’s and later replacement of doors and windows, the Hall remains as a fascinating shell to this day. Evidence of fire damage is all around you as you explore the Hall, with the main Hall open to the underside of the roof, blackened, damaged statues still in their niches and the melted wrought ironwork on the stairway. A surprising feature is that a couple of rooms between the Hall and the demolished SE wing were untouched by the fire and remain in their former state. The marble floor of the Hall has been conserved and is a reminder of the Hall’s former glory. The cellars, which were not damaged in the fire give an interesting insight into the structure of the building as well as 18th century storage and life "below stairs". The east and west wings are undamaged. The east wing presently houses the stables and a small tea room, having been a prisoner of war camp in WWII. The west wing became the home of Lord Hastings and some fascinating paintings are to be seen in the upper gallery. Try to spot the interesting “tricks” that the artist has played with perspective. The front of house presentation by the guides is not to be missed – currently taking place around 12.30, this gives a great deal of depth and insight into how the land was acquired, the Hall built, the fire and subsequent attempts at restoration. The Hall has recently received a major lottery grant and this coupled with National Trust funding should see some major transformations on this site in the coming months and years. A large obelisk can be seen due south of the Hall, marking the spot where Admiral George Delaval was killed in a fall from his horse in 1723. The rest of the gardens and the woodland walk are well worth a visit – particularly in mid-late spring when bluebells abound. There is plenty of room for children to run around, as well as a sheltered courtyard behind the east wing, with tables for picnics. The church to the south west is worth a visit. Top marks to Harry, Sue, Robin and the rest of the team at Seaton Delaval for a really enjoyable day. We’ll be back!

Local History

pedro19662018, Northumberland, United Kingdom
My wife and I have been to Deleval Hall at least twice recently with our National Trust cards and we always enjoy it and like to see the difference in the gardens due to the change of the seasons. We are local to the area and always enjoy speaking to the local volunteers who give us different stories and facts each time we have been. If the weather is good then can spend 1-2 hours there easily and nice place to wander around in the grounds. Will be there again soon !


HawaiiSeaDog, Hawaii
As members of the NT we stopped on our way south. Enjoyed light refreshments then took a walk around the house and ruined building. Although it was a sad story about the fire and the damage it caused, the positive side is that one could see construction details right up to the roof line. It was also interesting to see some of the measures made to secure the building from collapse after the fire.

Wonderful place but

Dawn S,
Seaton Delaval Hall is a lovely place to visit. The gardens are beautiful and the buildings were very interesting. The only thing that ruined our experience was the hard sell of membership to the national trust before we’d even stepped through the door.

Go in the summer with a picnic!

kakaboom, London
We visited in the Easter Holidays with a 4 year old and 1 year old. We have NT membership so can’t comment on the entry cost. The staff were all very friendly, we paid £2.50 to do the Easter trail which was really good and took us around most of the grounds and the kids got an Easter Egg at the end. It was a very cold day and there had been a lot of rain in the preceding week this meant that there was a lot of mud in some of the woodland areas and even on the well kept paths making it unsuitable for all but the most off road buggies. (Which we are fortunate to have) The house is interesting, especially the central hall which was affected by a fire. The grounds are well kept and there is plenty of space. There are some boxes of footballs and garden toys on the open lawn which we had a quick play with, you could certainly spend hours here in the summer. There is a small playscape for younger kids, both our children enjoyed exploring it as well as building dens in the woods There are plenty of good picnic spots and it the summer it would be ideal - unfortunately the cafe is a big let down - although the staff are lovely. There is very little food on offer, mostly pre packaged sandwiches, dry scones or soup in a paper cup. On a cold day in the Easter holidays at midday there were 2 kids cheese rolls left, for some unknown reason they were unable to make anymore ham rolls and they had no yogurts for the kids lunch boxes. The coffee was luke warm at best and the cutlery was wooden and broke when trying to spread butter! The cafe is incredibly small and certainly isn’t somewhere you can warm up and re-fuel and led to it being a rather tense environment for a lot of families vying for very little space. We would return to the property but in the summer with a picnic!

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