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
13/11/2017

Great place to visit in the autumn


PETER L, Grantham, United Kingdom
Visited with some friends this autumn. Very friendly lady on reception selling the entrance tickets. Lovely stroll around the grounds with some incredible colours on the trees. Good idea to wear boots as it can be a bit muddy in places. Fairly well sign posted although lots of little paths to walk down. Went into the tea rooms in the hall and had a good cup of Earl Grey. Definitely worth a visit.
tripadvisor
01/11/2017

Better next time?


seasider63, Newcastle upon Tyne
Have visited the tea rooms a few times over the years. Usually enjoyed sandwiches, soup or scones. Today had a disappointing dry cheese scone. Hopefully better next time.
tripadvisor
26/10/2017

Great find


780HelenA, Stafford, United Kingdom
We'd been past this several times over the years but never been in. Perhaps we didn't see it at its best as it is autumn however it was still fabulous. Under 16s go free. Our daughters loved it. It's well marked out and easy to get round. We stayed for about 2 hours as visited on our way home from somewhere else but could have easily stayed longer. There are activity trails for children. Little church was lovely. The only slightly disappointing thing was the tea room, great setting but distinctly average tea and latte. However that's probably just personal tastes and would definitely go again to the gardens and would certainly recommend
tripadvisor
26/10/2017

Lovely walks


Sue W, Bolton, United Kingdom
Came here while we were visiting Northumberland,children were free and they gave us a matchbox to collect things in.The cafe is lovely Earl Grey tea is a must and the cream scones.The park itself is lovely lots of different walks to take,our only gripe was that the church was not open and we would have loved to have gone inside.would recommend a visit if you like nature and food walks
tripadvisor
20/10/2017

Interesting


Roy N,
Worthwhile if you enjoy a good walk in pleasant woodland. Also we were very impressed with the cafe environment.
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