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“Friendly staff, beautiful flowers and interesting architecture”

Seaton Delaval Hall
Ranked #6 of 19 things to do in Whitley Bay
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Reviewed 19 July 2013

A relaxed experience from arriving. No long drive to get there, just past Whitley Bay on the main road. Wind your way around the beautiful grounds for wild spaces, old trees and formal gardens with beautiful flowers. Mid restoration hall is still open to see the work in progress and original features. Lovely staff, eager to help and pass the time of day or explain the site. Sit in deckchairs with an ice cream by the blue painted wood summer house. A wonderful day.

1  Thank Jusboro
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Reviewed 19 July 2013

The Hall is a work in progress, slowly being restored and extra parts are due to be opened up.

The gardens were stunning when I visited, well worth the trip just for that.

As usual the NT staff were very good.

Thank Steve B
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

Worth seeing now and worth regular visits to see work in progress
Disabled facilities not great but can do in a wheel chair with fit able bodied carer. Cafe terrible with great staff. Worst coffee and scones in any N.T. Property ever.
Needs big spend and lots of effort but I'm sure it will be a great addition to portfolio. Willing to support it but beware of catering standards.
P.S nice play area plenty of space for kids to run around.

1  Thank Peter B
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

It is wonderful that the National Trust have taken over the restoration of this hall, but so far there is not a great deal to see. On the other hand, if you go now and see the extent of the damage you will want to go back in a few years time to see the full restoration. The gardens are beautiful and worth a visit and make up for the paucity of the interior. Note however that different parts will come open later in 2013.
The cafe is small and adequate but if you want a meal go elsewhere.

Thank Pippa65
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Reviewed 30 June 2013

If staying in the area, it's a nice place to kill an hour. The hall was badly damaged by fire some years ago and was having some roof renovation done when we visited this year so not much open. They are in the process too of building a new cafe/shop so facilities would improve for families later this year.

The house is a very poignant reminder of what can happen if we don't look after our homes/heritage. The visit made us feel quite sad as the building was obviously once a very majestic party place... Born to show off and entertain but, due to the fire, is now mainly a shell.. Don't be fooled though. Venture upstairs to the hall viewing gallery and admire the surrounding view and get lost in the memories of happier times which would have filled this space.

Nice grounds (if not massive) and a pleasant stroll.

1  Thank SiGEB
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