Howick Gardens & Arboretum

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Howick Hall
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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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Sadly disappointing

miken2011, Blandford Forum, United Kingdom
So much to pack in a short visit to this wonderful part of our country and this garden felt sad and slightly neglected... sure there are wonderful paths and down to the sea but very poor labelling and not much in flower when we visited. Shouldn’t compare with pristine Alnwick they are very different gardens but we were disappointed and again no dogs allowed in . Compare that to snowdrop day in Welford Park when so many dogs and we’ll behaved owners delighted in the visitor experience! Didn’t feel this was good value at all.

Very interesting

poggy11, Harrogate, United Kingdom
Wonderful gardens, bulbs, shrubs, and trees from all over the world.Magnolia, daffodils, and many others in abundance. Interesting visitor centre. Tea room with the history of Earl Grey tea. Beautiful panelled room. All staff helpful and pleasant. Weather fine and warm!

Lost In an Adventure

Decided to visit these gardens, after visiting Alnwick, for the second time. You can really get lost in this place. Bit wet in the afternoon but cheered up...gave us an excuse to try out some Earl Grey afternoon tea. Tea room was packed, of course. Would highly recommend. Absolutely worth the the admittance fee.


Jingle05, Yorkshire
Howick Hall is virtually on the Northumberland coast and well worth a visit. In February, whe we visited, millions of snodrops lined the paths, encircled the trees and dotted around the lawns. Glorious. Home of Earl Grey himself and when we finished walking around the really attractive (well marked) woodland walks we ended our visit with a visit to His Lordship's Tea Rooms. Early Grey? But of course. We both also had some Leek & Potato Soup and it was truly good. Thick, lumpy, well seasoned and with a cleartaste of leek. Howick Hall is interesting, historic and welcoming. Well worth a visit.

Lovely diverse gardens

301lisa33, Coventry, United Kingdom
These are lovely diverse gardens with many tree-d areas including an arboretum leading down to the coast. These gardens may be of interest if you are interested in exotic trees but more people would be interested in coming when either the snowdrops or daffodils are in flower. These 'events' are managed well. Not all paths are easy, so wear sensible footware. Be aware that if you do go out of the 'gate' down at the beach you face a longer route by road back to the Hall



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