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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(Over 60s)
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Includes a 10% voluntary Gift Aid donation
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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Day out

Kaycee J, Manchester, United Kingdom
These gardens are huge and if one had the energy to complete all the walks it's a day long trip out. We did one of the short routes. Loved the on site church with its ww1 exhibition. Very interesting churchyard and published material on some of the inhabitants! The bog garden is the jewel in the crown so colourful. Loved our time here

Nature in all its glory

Privately owned beautiful Georgian house set in glorious Northumberland countryside & surrounded by a variety of gardens managed so well that many appear to have developed naturally. Many well defined paths providing walks of different distances throughout the grounds, most of them also suitable for wheelchair users. Staff knowledgeable & enthusiastic about the place, helpful & informative about when to visit to see particular plants at their best. Well worth taking the guided tour to learn more about the history of the house & the connection to Earl Grey of tea fame. Not for the faint-hearted, though, as plenty of territory is covered & can be a challenge for those relying on walking sticks etc. The main part of the house accessible to the public is the lovely curved tearoom, where table 15 gave a perfect view of the spot where various birds & a red squirrel came to feed & definitely posed for pictures very close to the window. Food OK with typical prices for this kind of establishment, a few local specialities, but nothing outstanding & generally pretty pedestrian. Don't fall for the afternoon tea, though, as it's considerably more expensive than buying each element separately. On the whole, a very enjoyable visit.

Hidden gem

Chrisgale, Sheffield
Found this by accident on way to Craster. Stunning tea room, home of Earl Grey. Had coffee and a lovely walk and then went back for lunch and excellent Earl Grey tea. . Good food reasonably priced. All the staff were lovely, in addition there was a short talk in the morning about the Suffragette link to the house. Really lovely gardens and a new feature is the sensory garden completed with the Autistic society. Small shop, good parking, lots of walks, you could easily spend the day here. Needs to be better advertised. Staff seemed to really care about the place, loved it.

Snowdrop Walk

Stephen R, Newcastle upon Tyne
The snowdrop walk is a very bracing but relaxing afternoons meander through the grounds. Because it is in winter there tend to be fewer people around ,except in the tea room. A visit to the home of Earl Grey is not complete without a visit to the tearoom for a pot of Earl Grey tea and cake. The menu provides a good choice for a greater appetite. Access however cannot be gained without paying to visit the grounds.Not a downside for us but makes it a bit expensive for some who only want to sample the delights of the tea room. Nevertheless a good day out with an invigorating walk and relaxation in the warmth of the Hall.

Wide variety of gardens in one place

dgjh, Preston, United Kingdom
Bog garden, arboretum, woodland and herbaceous borders all in one location. Recently opened sensory garden created with autistic children in mind is so well thought out and a great place for all ages Highly recommended



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