Howick Gardens & Arboretum

Estate Office
Howick Hall
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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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stubal, Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
Poorly maintained paths. The signage is not good and inaccurate in places. We found the map poor and not a lot of help. Snow drops were lovely but that's about all there is at this time of year ( Feb 19th) Expensive for what's on offer. Lady taking payment a bit surly.

February snowdrops walk

DavePuls, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
Wonderful walk in the woods and parkland past huge beds of snowdrops. Long walks of at least 1 or 2 hours. A bit muddy in places, but a good map and easy to find your way. The cafe was good, a very historic setting, but the drinks and service was not exceptional. Well worth the visit and would have been better if we had had more than 2 hours to spend.

Great walks

Lesley W, yorkshire
We stayed at the bathing house which belongs to Hawick hall so had full use of gardens great walks really enjoyed

A lovely way to spend our anniversary

ClaretMad61, lancashire
Our 30th Wedding Anniversary was yesterday & we spent it in glorious sunshine walking around the gardens. It was a treat and I am sure it looks even better in the Spring Had the Rarebit and a drink in the café which was very nice in a spectacular settings

Great place for autumn colour

David R, Royston, United Kingdom
Lovely gardens and a magic place to wander around to see the autumn leaf colour. There is a good map and you can walk a considerable distance around the lovely grounds. The only disappointment was the restaurant where the food was poor: salad leaves that were unwashed and a live slug wandering around the plate - and no apology either. Don't let that put you off a good walk around the garden but perhaps bring your own picnic.



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