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
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Onsite Car and Coach Parking, Wheelchair Friendly with Disability Map
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Tearoom - serving light lunches and teas
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tripadvisor
12/08/2017

Lovely gatdens


CumbriaBerry, cumbria
This is the third visit we've made to Howick at different times of the year, spring, autumn and now summer and we were lucky to visit on a day when Lady Howick had the private garden open (donations to the church) What a beautiful garden it is and the agapanthus are a dream. We were lucky enough to have a chat with Lady Howick's private gardener who was a lovely, friendly and knowledgeable lady who was more than happy to chat and give us some helpful advice on certain plants that Lady Howick had but we were having some issues with back in our own garden. We came away with some great ideas for the garden of our new home we are buying. The rest of the grounds are also lovely and you can have a really good walk and easily fill in a full day. We particularly like the woodland areas where just small sections are planted up with plants you would only expect to see in a 'proper' garden. On to the tea shop which is very nice, tuna and cucumber sandwiches for me, ham and cheese toastie for my husband, grilled cheese in the outside which is a different take but delicious and a sausage sandwich for our daughter, the highlight for me was the rose, chamomile and lavender tea which was Pukka, it's my favourite brand and which we always use at home so makes a change from Twinings which is the usual brand served in tea shops. Reasonable entry fee and free parking just outside the main gate and plenty of spaces and helpful gentleman in admissions who gave us advice on nearby Craster for a visit on the way back to our nearby B&B.
tripadvisor
10/08/2017

Couple on a self catering holiday in Beadnell.


vanguard1950, Cheadle Hulme, United Kingdom
Although the house is not open, the gardens are a wonderful place to wander around. There are formal gardens as well as a lot of woodlands with species collected from all over the world. We were very lucky in that we had a conducted tour with one of the gardeners (at no extra cost) and that lasted two hours and was most enjoyable to learn where the species came from and who collected them. There is a cafe/restaurant serving drinks and food in the old ball room.
tripadvisor
09/08/2017

Lovely walk


sandraclaire, Norfolk, United Kingdom
We had a lovely walk round the gardens and saw many trees, most of which were named. We were lucky to also be allowed to see the private garden which was ablaze with colour.
tripadvisor
09/08/2017

Lovely gardens and tea room


Teacherontour2014, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
The gardens and arboretum are extensive and peaceful. The tea room is lovely with a wonderful range of home baked cakes. The soup and salads are also good although the portions are a little parsimonious for the price.
tripadvisor
08/08/2017

Relaxed planting and posh tea


weekenderinthesun, England
This garden is quite different to most English country house Gardens, with the main focus being on the Arboretum collection. Most of the plants and trees were collected last century by the fifth Earl Grey, and the planting around the house is very naturalistic and relaxed. I would recommend the tours in the afternoon with the volunteers, which will give you a highlight of the main parts of the garden. The woodland garden is stunning in early summer, and the bog garden is great in July and August. Check the website for what will be at its best when you visit. Don't miss the fabulous tearooms, in the ballroom of the house to try the ubiquitous Earl Grey tea, named one of the former inhabitants, Charles, second Earl Grey, who was the British prime minister in the 1830s and instigated the great reform act. There is a small visitor centre but the house itself is not open to the public which is a great shame. There are some great walks around the property, down onto the beach at Howick, you should aim to spend at least three or four hours here
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