Howick Gardens & Arboretum

Estate Office
Howick Hall
Alnwick
Northumberland
NE66 3LB

01665 577285/577191

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Overview

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.
 
Spring
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. 
 
Summer
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
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.
 
Sensory Garden
The Sensory Garden is a new addition to the main garden attraction featuring a special selection of plants and materials laid out in such a way as to stimulate the senses of sight, sound, smell, touch and taste. The aim of the garden is to provide both children and adults with autism (and other disabilities) a safe and stimulating environment to explore their senses.
 
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
Single
(Adult)
1
£7.70
per ticket
Free
(Child)
1
£0.00
per ticket
Concession
(Over 60s)
1
£6.60
per ticket
Includes a 10% voluntary Gift Aid donation
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Onsite Car and Coach Parking, Wheelchair Friendly with Disability Map
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Tearoom - serving light lunches and teas
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tripadvisor
03/07/2019

A Lovely Experience


JohnGMorpeth, Morpeth
We have visited Howick Hall often over the years and have been pleased to see the gardens blossom ( no pun intended) into the delightful attractions they are today. By having different main attractions at different times of the year there is something for every garden lover to enjoy. The Tea Room is well worth a visit, delicious food served in a lovely indoor setting with views of the garden and the many birds enjoying their habitat as well as tables outside to enjoy the sunny days. The variety of walks means that every visit can be different if you can come often or a full day can be spent enjoying the grounds. A day ticket allows visitors multiple entries during the day. The only downside is the failure to tarmac the car park which consists of loose stones. This is the first thing visitors see upon arrival at Howick Hall and it is disappointing to put it mildly. The only blot on an otherwise delightful experience.
tripadvisor
29/06/2019

Really Relaxing


Sussexpete, Sussex, England
Lovely gardens and woodlands. Great house, shame it's not open to the public. The Bog and Sensory gardens are very effective. The Wild Origin garden is a peaceful oasis. The Tea rooms are well run and very friendly. The Ploughman's lunch is great. Well worth a visit for some gentle relaxation.
tripadvisor
23/06/2019

Lovely Arboretum


Charlotte W,
Love visiting here! It’s off the beaten track Nicely kept gardens and the Tea Room cakes are amazing!! You must try the Earl Grey tea as it was originally produced for him.
tripadvisor
21/06/2019

Beautiful gardens


Yoakley123gardener, Margate, United Kingdom
Had a lovely walk through beautiful tranquil grounds, fine specimens of trees in the arboretum, fine shrubs, beautiful views. Very informative staff. Good history on the home of earl grey tea. Well layed out grounds, very interesting place for plantsmen and horticulturalists. Thought provoking place.
tripadvisor
17/06/2019

Relaxing Sunday afternoon


EnglandMick, Leeds, United Kingdom
Beautiful gardens. We visit at different times of the year and love how the gardens change. Such a relaxing place and the best tea rooms too
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