Howick Gardens & Arboretum

Estate Office
Howick Hall
NE66 3LB

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
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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A garden for all seasons

Ducklegs, Prudhoe, United Kingdom
We visit this beautiful place several times a year, usually first in February to enjoy the snowdrop walks followed by March/April to enjoy the amazing display of daffodils planted throughout the woodland, gardens and arboretum. May brings magnificent Magnolias , Azaleas , Rhododendrons, Primulas and much more. The arboretum is filled with interest at all times of year and if you're lucky you will come upon deer browsing quietly amongst the trees. There are several walks of varying lengths and plenty of seats to rest and enjoy the peace and quiet. There is a lake with a resident pair of swans and often cygnets in tow ( seven in 2017) and you will often see a grey heron fishing here. The bog garden is beautiful in the late spring and summer and from there you have access to the sensory garden. The house is not open for visitors but on the ground floor you can visit the Earl Grey tea rooms , unfortunately at busy times ie school holidays, bank holidays there is often a queue for a table. The small church on the estate is worth a visit as is the cemetery , burial place of members of the Grey family. A totally different experience from the Alnwick Garden which is a few miles away but if you enjoy trees, beautiful walks and views this is one of the best in Northumberland.

OK to stop if you are passing

AgedMan, United Kingdom
As NT members we sometimes stop off at private estates to take a look around. Visited Howick Hall Gardens and whilst they are nice, the place seemed to be neglected in areas, especially around the house (which is not open for visits). We didn't stay for a cup of Earl Gray Tea (hate the stuff). Overall, a bit pricey for what is it I thought. Prefer to stick with the NT properties I think.

Rude service to family with disabled father

cat w,
Very disappointed and upset at treatment we received in tea rooms. After waiting in the queue for a table we saw a free table and we decided to sit there. My dad has a recent brain injury and therefore needs to rest and sit down often. Once we were seated the waitress (ginger hair, floral top) told us we were not allowed to sit there - it didn’t quite fit with her system. We quickly explained my dads disability and need to sit there and she impatiently insisted we sit at the table next to us. She didn’t appear to care about what we had to say and rushed us. We decided to leave but quickly tell the waitress about why we thought it wasn’t appropriate. While explaining she hurried us to finish and didn’t apologise at all, simply reiterated that we shouldn’t have sat there and she showed no empathy to our situation. Tainted the experience for us.

A peaceful place for beautiful walk.

amcloughlin137, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
We visited this lovely place to walk around the woodland paths to see the amazing snowdrops. It was really enjoyable. Entrance was only £7.70 for seniors including car parking,a bargain for the lovely walks available. After our walk we had coffee in the delightful tea rooms. Worth a visit.

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,



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