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.
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

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(Over 60s)
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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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Enjoyable lovely grounds

Sally H,
Really helpful staff and the use of an electric wheelchair made the visit for us, shame we couldn't get to arboretum but the Victorians really didn't consider disabled access when they planted it but the gardens and woodland walk were lovely,

A delightful woodland walk with a lovely lunch at the end.

John P, Hexham, United Kingdom
This is a splendid place which we visit several times during the year. All the seasons show different flora and the trees are labelled to indicate their origin. The grounds are very well kept and continue with the ‘natural’ scene......nothing is false, which cant be said for all venues. The tea room has refreshments for everyone and the staff are well trained and pleased to assist.

Amazing place!

astridc00per, Kettering, United Kingdom
We recently had the most fabulous day at Howick Hall gardens and arboretum. Really interesting and informative display before strolling round the extensive gardens and arboretum. Allow plenty of time to thoroughly take in the beauty of this place before sitting back and enjoying a snack in the tearooms. Particularly loved the new sensory garden, very well thought out. We completed our visit with afternoon tea - with, of course, Earl Grey tea - excellent!

The woodland walk is fabulous

Judith468, York, United Kingdom
We were a group of mature ladies staying locally and just saw a leaflet for Howick Hall at our cottage so we thought we’d take a look. What amazing value for just over £6! The gardens are lovely and the woodland walk is fabulous! Went to the tea rooms for a cuppa and read a little history about Earl Grey and his family which was very interesting. Great value, will definitely visit again at another time in the season.


We happened to come across Howick Hall while driving along the coastal route, and were so glad we stopped off here. We went on a tour of the gardens with a volunteer. She was very knowledgeable of the history of the hall and of the details of the garden. Would highly recommend making a day trip here. We finished the day by going to the tea room on-site and having some Earl grey tea!



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