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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tripadvisor
19/09/2018

Just wanted to have a cup of tea and cake!!


VariousHols, South West England, United Kingdom
My husband and I wanted a cup of tea and cake but unfortunately would have had to pay £7.00 + each as we would have to go around the garden to get to the tea room. We did not want to do this, we only wanted a cup of tea. We did not visit the garden or had a cup of tea. It would be better if potential customers were given the opportunity of just using the tea room only.
tripadvisor
17/09/2018

Beautiful and interesting gardens


holidayer1097,
Lucky to visit in a tour group so shown around by the Head Gardener and two volunteers. Lord Howick used to travel abroad on plant and seed hunting expeditions but these are now undertaken by the Head Gardener. This means the Gardens are stocked with many different and unusual trees and plants. Unfortunately a short visit so only time to see a small section of these beautifully maintained gardens. Worthy of a much longer visit.
tripadvisor
15/09/2018

Restful Gardens and afternoon tea


Paul T, Newcastle, United Kingdom
One of our favourite stopping off places when we walk from Craster and back again along the coast The new sensory garden is restful and playful and we enjoyed taking our friends for tea and scones in the Hall.
tripadvisor
02/09/2018

Great gardens


Tanda2013, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Enjoyed a lovely day here. Good variety of gardens to visit and lovely woodland walks. The earl gray tea house was superb had a seat at the window next to the bird feeders great viewing for bird watchers
tripadvisor
27/08/2018

Beautiful day out


Gillian2226,
We had a great time here. The history of of the family and their gardens are beautiful-take good shoes to walk around. The tea rooms are well worth a visit too,
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