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.
 
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
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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Disabled Toilet Facilities
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tripadvisor
11/08/2018

Cake!!!


Sarah M, Worcester, United Kingdom
This is one of the nicest places offering delicious tea and cake in the most glorious surroundings - I feel like I have stepped back in time and this wonderful place never disappoints! We walked around the extensive arboretum and then headed out onto the coastline below Craster along the coastal path and then back to the car. Good value for money. My two especially loved sitting on the window seats in the tearoom watching the great range of birds on the feeders outside the Windows!!
tripadvisor
10/08/2018

A hidden gem


Rachel R,
Even in the height of summer, this beautiful place wasn’t busy. A wonderful garden and arboretum with a vast array of insect life. Paths in the west arboretum and gardens are wheelchair navigable. All the staff were brilliantly helpful. Great tearoom.
tripadvisor
05/08/2018

Sensory garden a must


Zorah G, Houston, Texas
When visiting, know in advance what you’re coming to see so that you’re delighted rather than disappointed. Coming here is to see the gardens, the church, and to take tea in the Earl Grey teahouse. The hall is not open to visitors since the lord and lady are still in residence. That said, the entrance hall can be toured to see the architecture, the renovations of a once fire-destroyed hall, and learn about the family. The gardens are more woodland walk than flowery, but there are so many hidden gems and hidden views that it is well worth admiring. The new sensory garden is a must see for all ages, and most especially if you have a child or relative with special needs (there’s plenty of seating for parents as you allow your child to explore the enclosed area). I very much enjoyed the entire visit, and although I suffer from limited mobility, I was easily able to walk the gardens and visit the church. I stopped at the teahouse after the walk and was delighted by the service and scrumptious sweets. Yes, it’d be wonderful to see inside the hall, as well, but let us keep in mind that this is a residential home and respect those in residence. I am honored to be allowed to see what all I did see and would visit again in a heartbeat. For those who enjoy gifts, there is a small gift shop at the ticket center which offers book guides, magnets, cards, and other souveniers. While a guided tour is not mandatory since it is lovely just to walk the woodlands and gardens, I’d recommend asking for the tour if it is available. Informative and fun!
tripadvisor
05/08/2018

Beatiful


Barbara M, Stafford, United Kingdom
This is a place We can visit over and over. The plant collection is so vast and interesting and the entry price so reasonable. It's also worth coming just to visit the cafe.Such a wonderful room.
tripadvisor
01/08/2018

Beautiful, but tea room a let down


Dani G,
This was our second visit to Howick, visiting with our two teens and four year old. Once again the gardens are stunning (albeit parched due to the hot weather we’ve been having). Walking around the grounds was lovely and spotting Butterflies, dragonflies and herons around the pond was particularly lovely. Our visit to the tea room was very disappointing however, one toasted sandwich, two ham and cheese sandwiches and a tuna and cucumber sandwich took over half an hour, with others being served before us who ordered after us! The food was also disappointing being asked if we wanted crisps or salad, seriously our local play centre serves both as standard! Using the Earl Grey legacy I’m afraid but nothing to write home about..... Staff a mixed bunch! Would recommend this little gem, but do yourself a favour and take a packed lunch!
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