Howick Gardens & Arboretum

Estate Office
Howick Hall
NE66 3LB

01665 577285/577191

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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.
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. 
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 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
per ticket
per ticket
(Over 60s)
per ticket
Includes a 10% voluntary Gift Aid donation

Dates & times for Howick Gardens & Arboretum, Alnwick

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Saturday06/02/2016Sunday13/11/201610:30 - 18:00
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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A treasure of a garden

konsilanto, Scotland
The garden is designed with subtle informality. The arbitration is of national importance. The guided tour was particularly good. This garden was much superior to my expectations!


Mike J, Lincoln, United Kingdom
We spent a delightful day at Howick hall. The gardens were fading as it was October but the grounds were well maintained and the Autumn plants were putting on a fine display. We thoroughly enjoyed our wandering through the grounds and around the church before making our way back to the tearoom for an excellent homemade lunch. I would recommend the quiche. All staff were pleasant and informative A thoroughly enjoyable day

Modest, but very pretty

Sheila W, Ripon, United Kingdom
This is a very pretty landscaped garden on a small scale. We found it wonderfully relaxing to wander around and rest awhile. In the house there is an interesting and informative exhibition about the garden, its history and design. We enjoyed our refreshments in the tea room - Earl Grey tea of course, with real leaves, and some delicious fruit cake. Plenty of choice, and nicely served in spacious surroundings.

Poor food and service in the tea room

bigmacScotland, Scotland
By comparison to Alnwick, the gardens were a big disappointment, but it was the tea room for lunch that sealed its fate. Uneatable tasteless soup, unsmiling service and poor value.

Should have a pricing structure

tandh2016, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
These gardens look like they would be marvellous in the spring with colour everywhere and probably worth the entrance fee, not so in September I'm afraid, you can have a woodland walk for free nearly anywhere in England that is as good or better than on offer, they should have a pricing structure to take into account that the garden and woodland are going or has gone into rundown for the winter



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