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

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Dates & times for Howick Gardens & Arboretum, Alnwick

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Saturday06/02/2016Sunday13/11/201610:30 - 18:00
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Wonderful tea-room and extensive grounds

Ian M, Horsham, United Kingdom
This garden is maybe at its best in the spring, however it still had plenty of colour in September. There are many walks through the grounds with amazing trees and meandering river. The visitors centre is really good with wonderful photos and useful explanations. The Earl Grey Tea Room is an amazing setting with very helpful staff and wonderful home baking/cooking. Recommend the quiche salad but specials, including Craster Kippers, looked good too.

Gentle walk through the woods

We took our two year old grandson, with his balance bike, for a walk through the woods. We all loved it even though we got caught up in a heavy downpour. During spring/summer I can imagine this being very colourful however not so in September. We had a snack in the Earl Gray tea room, very tranquil room in the hall but perhaps the menu was a touch expensive? The hall is not open to the public although the entrance hall does host a display of the history of Earl Gray I feel that a lot of investment is needed to bring this attraction up to a standard to justify the £7.50 entry fee. On a positive note NO dogs are allowed so we did not have to worry about our grandson treading in dog muck.

Beautiful gardens

michelle0404, England
Decided to visit having driven past so many times. Very much worth stopping. Great walks beautiful gardens and a great tea room

Nice for woodland walking

Happygran7491, Kendal, United Kingdom
We visited end of summer and very best of flowers rain battered and past best. Had wander round pond and garden. We had a delicious snack lunch and equally delicious Earl Grey tea from the home of Earl Gre and Earl Grey tea. Loved the wood walk to the coast and up the coast and excellent circuit back to Howick. Fabulous sunny day and sea views. Inspirational as an amateur painter!

Beautiful gardens

PipR57, Frome, United Kingdom
Wonderful gardens to while away any day. A mixture of symmetrical manicured gardens and wild spots a and a bog garden. Interesting plants and plenty of colour. The church in the grounds was worth a visit.



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