Howick Gardens & Arboretum

Estate Office
Howick Hall
Alnwick
Northumberland
NE66 3LB

01665 577285/577191

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Overview

Howick Hall Gardens are deliberately aimed at garden lovers and are a plantsman’s delight with extensive grounds offering a stunning variety of unusual plants throughout the seasons.

BBC Gardeners’ World magazine included the gardens in a list of the top five coastal gardens in the country, and The Independent newspaper voted it one of the best ten gardens to visit in spring.  In 2009 the garden was voted 'Garden of the Year' by Garden Museum and Gardens Illustrated magazine.
 
Spring
The garden year starts with the Snowdrop Festival in February, followed by carpets of vibrant yellow daffodils between March and May. The woodland garden (Silverwood) also flourishes until late spring with camellias, magnolias and species rhododendrons. Howick is also well known for Lady Mary’s ‘Botticelli Meadows’ where colourful tulips are randomly planted in the wildflower meadows. 
 
Summer
The more formal borders and terraces are at their best in summer and the Bog Garden, with its unusual herbaceous plants grown from seed collected in the wild abroad, blooms throughout July, August and September. 
 
Autumn
Autumn brings brilliant colour across the whole Estate when every leaf becomes a flower and the berries glisten and ripen. There are over 65 acres of woodland walks in the Arboretum which is planted with over 1,800 different species of trees and shrubs, most of which are labelled.
 
Nature Trails
Families can take on a seasonal ‘Family Challenge’, meandering through the woodland walks, nature spotting on the way – look out for red squirrels, and ducks, swans and herons on the pond.
 
Tea Room
The stately Earl Grey Tea House serves home made light lunches, snacks and afternoon teas. Howick was the Grey family seat and home to Charles, 2nd Earl Grey, who was Prime Minister during the time of the passing of the Great Reform Bill of 1832, although he is probably better known for the famous tea which was blended especially for the water at Howick and named after him. His monument stands at the top of Grey Street in Newcastle.
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Ticketing and entry prices for Howick Gardens & Arboretum

Type Entry for Guide price
Single
(Adult)
1
£7.70
per ticket
Free
(Child)
1
£0.00
per ticket
Concession
(Over 60s)
1
£6.60
per ticket
Includes a 10% voluntary Gift Aid donation
Coach parking available at Howick Gardens & Arboretum Garden Attraction Coach parking available
Onsite Car and Coach Parking, Wheelchair Friendly with Disability Map
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Tearoom - serving light lunches and teas
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Disabled Toilet Facilities
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tripadvisor
15/10/2017

A must for Gardeners and lovers of Nature Walks.


Joyce G, Berwick on Tweed, null, United Kingdom
The Gardens and Arberatum are in the grounds of Howick Hall which belonged to Earl Grey of the Great Reform Bill in Parliament and the Tea which has his name. There are formal gardens and acres of mature woodland with new plantings. We visited in Autumn and the colours were exceptional. Other visitors told us the Springtime flowers are spectacular. The House is not open to the Public but there is a very informative Visitor Centre. There is a Tearoom which serves Breakfast, light lunches, afternoon tea, scones etc. A short walk takes you to the Northumberland Coastal Path.
tripadvisor
11/10/2017

Lovely gardens


PaulandJane7, Darlington, United Kingdom
I love the gardens here, a great place to visit. There is an opportunity for a variety of walks to enjoy the huge variety of trees. I looked forward to visiting the tea rooms but although the setting is beautiful the service was appalling. The staff seemed reluctant to serve you and spent more time in the kitchen socializing. The cheese scones were totally lacking in flavour. A very disappointing visit
tripadvisor
11/10/2017

Great walks, lovely tea room but a touch expensive


redhead49, north-east england
I'm ashamed to admit that, as a local, I only recently realised that the Grey's of Howick were the same family as Grey's Monument and Grey Street in Newcastle and of course, the famous Earl Grey tea. So we went to visit Howick Hall Gardens & Arboretum to find out a bit more. There's a bit of an exhibition in the Hall but none of the rest of it is open to the public. I wonder if they could do a bit more here? I learned more reading a book they kindly provide in the tea room - there's great local history about a chest from shipwreck off shore turning up in France (those lost are buried in the Churchyard) and the development of the Co-op locally. Perhaps the exhibition could include a bit more non-gardening stuff? The gardens and arboretum are great for a wander and I don't think you need to be a massive plant enthusiast to enjoy it. It's a shame dogs aren't allowed though. We walked for about 3-and-a-half hours in all and rounded it off with a visit to the tea room (with a cup of Earl Grey tea of course!) We had a lovely day, but with entry and a snack plus tea for two we spent over £30 and that did just feel a little steep. A great day out though.
tripadvisor
27/09/2017

Lovely gardens


PDB51, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Great set of gardens, the formal borders even in September were full of colour and interest. The woodlands and other gardens were very well laid out and interesting. The Tea Room was very pleasent with a good selection of cakes and snacks. Howick is a definitely worth a visit and offers very good value for money.
tripadvisor
26/09/2017

A great place to walk amongst a fine collection of plants and shrubs as well as trees


unclebobjim, Woburn Sands, United Kingdom
Although it was a damp day, it did not spoil our enjoyment of this wonderfully organised but wild collection of shrubs and trees. Unfortunately, we did not really have the weather or the time to do the walks justice, but we did get enough of a flavour to want to go back again. Having managed to get around the splendid gardens without getting wet we allowed ourselves a visit to a the Earl Grey Tea Rooms - a very pleasant and different experience.
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