£1.5m investment at Gibside
The National Trust is to invest one and a half million pounds improving facilities at the Gibside estate near Rowlands Gill in Gateshead.
The announcement comes just weeks after the Trust pledged an investment of £650,000 at Housesteads Roman Fort.
Visitor numbers at Gibside have increased from 60,000 to 166,000 in the past ten years.
National Trust visitor numbers increase
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The National Trust is enjoying bumper visitor numbers in the region. Gibside near Gateshead has had a busy bank holiday so far.
It's one of several places that have seen an average 12% more people through its gates between March 2011 and February 2012.