Grand Gardens

Grand Gardens

Overview


Northumberland, the birthplace of famous landscape gardener Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, is a garden lover’s paradise.


Born at Kirkharle, Brown attended Cambo village school and then went on to learn his trade on the Kirkharle Estate in the heart of the Northumbrian countryside.  He transformed landscapes across England creating ‘quintessentially English’ gardens and landscapes that looked natural and a part of the surrounding countryside.  Today Kirkharle Courtyard is a unique shopping experience with an eclectic variety of nationally-renowned crafts people selling everything from papier mache artwork to classically inspired sculptures.


Less than three miles from Kirkharle is Wallington, home to generations of the unconventional Trevelyan family. Wander along the winding Serpentine Path through the East Wood home to red squirrels, otters, bats and great spotted woodpeckers.  Hidden beyond Neptune’s Gate at the edge of the wood is the Walled Garden filled with colourful borders, decorative shrubs and specimen plants.


A couple of miles away is Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens. Looked after by English Heritage, Belsay is a unique combination of Grecian architecture, medieval ruins, formal terraces and the jungle-esque Quarry Garden, a truly unique fantasy of ravines and pinnacles filled with exotic plants.

Garden enthusiasts will love Howick Gardens & Arboretum. Snowdrops in February are followed by carpets of vibrant yellow daffodils between March and May. In the summer the formal borders and terraces are awash with colour. There are over 65 acres of woodland walks in the Arboretum which is planted with over 1,800 different species.


Hidden away amongst 450 acres of park and woodland in mid-Northumberland is Linden Hall, the perfect place to stay after a day of exploring Kirkharle and Wallington. Relax with a beauty therapy treatment or swim in the pool before enjoying dinner in the double AA rosette Dobson Restaurant.


National Trust’s Cragside offers enjoyment for the entire family with a rhododendron maze, waterfall, the Trim Trail where the whole family can test their agility and one of Europe's largest rock gardens, not forgetting the colourful 66 metre herbaceous border.


Continue your voyage of horticultural discovery at The Alnwick Garden, a modern masterpiece of worldwide renown. The Grand Cascade gives spectacular displays every half-hour, the Poison Garden houses some of the world’s most dangerous plants and the Rose Garden enriches the senses with riotous colours and delicate scents.


A few minutes drive from The Alnwick Garden is The Hog’s Head Inn, silver award winner in the 2015 North East England Tourism Awards. Named after the tavern in the Harry Potter books The Hog’s Head Inn is a mecca for meat lovers; look out for The Hog’s Head Inns speciality steak range, including the sensational 19oz Tomahawk.

Places and distances


Master craftsmanship
NE19 2PE

Come to Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard and enjoy a truly unique shopping experience of art & craft workshops, gifts, vintage & antiques. All set at the birthplace of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, arguably Britain’s most famous landscape architect, who was responsible for many of our beautiful parklands.

Approx 1.69 mile(s) between Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard and Wallington House, Gardens & Estate
Wallington
NE61 4AR

Discover Wallington, much-loved home to generations of the unconventional Treveylan family and a magnificent estate where politics and play came together in the heart of Northumberland.

Approx 5.14 mile(s) between Wallington House, Gardens & Estate and Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens
Welcome to Belsay Hall Castle and Gardens
NE20 0DX

With so much to see and do, a trip to Belsay is one of the best value family days out in North East England. Explore the grand medieval castle, later extended to include a magnificent Jacobean mansion and don’t miss the stunning views from the top of the tower.

Approx 11.95 mile(s) between Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens and Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club
Welcome to Linden Hall
NE65 8XF

Built in 1862 and set in 450 acres of peaceful park and woodland, the magnificent Georgian hotel has its own Championship golf course and spa, offering stunning views of the Cheviots and Northumberland countryside.

Approx 0 mile(s) between Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club and Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club
Welcome to Linden Hall
NE65 8XF

Built in 1862 and set in 450 acres of peaceful park and woodland, the magnificent Georgian hotel has its own Championship golf course and spa, offering stunning views of the Cheviots and Northumberland countryside.

Approx 10.69 mile(s) between Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club and The Alnwick Garden
Garden 1
NE66 1YU

One of the world's most extraordinary contemporary gardens.

Approx 1.15 mile(s) between The Alnwick Garden and The Hogs Head Inn
The Hogs Head Inn
NE66 2BF

Welcome to the award-winning Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick. Inside, you'll find a contemporary, friendly inn serving homemade food all day, every day from breakfasts and lunches to light bites and evening meals. 

With 53 en suite rooms, The Hog's Head Inn is the perfect place to stay in Alnwick for business or pleasure. 

Approx 4.92 mile(s) between The Hogs Head Inn and Howick Gardens & Arboretum
Daffodils and Howick Hall
NE66 3LB

Beautiful gardens, woodland walks, a Prime Minister and a famous cup of tea - Earl Grey of course since Howick was his home!  Enjoy Snowdrops, Daffodils, and Rhododendrons in spring; Tulips in the Wildflower Meadows, and later the Bog Garden, Borders and Terraces in summer; and brilliant autumn colour in the woodland walks.

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