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.
 
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

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
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tripadvisor
18/05/2019

Lovely gardens and a pleasure to visit


Hutt0n, Guisborough, North Yorkshire
The gardens, set out by the Earls Grey, are in 'rooms' that come to life as the flowers and trees blossom. Very extensive and one could easily spend a whole day or more exploring. Tea Shop/Cafe available and food is excellent.
tripadvisor
17/05/2019

A lovely place


MoW581, Manchester, United Kingdom
Howick Hall Gardens are a lovely little gem of a place to visit. We visited in May and got to see the random display of late tulips and daffodils throughout the lawns in front of the house. What I loved was that this is not a rigidly planned out garden. Clearly a lot of planning has gone into it but the paths meander through different areas of fabulous wild flowers, azaleas, hydrangeas and many more besides. Be sure to visit the the Sensory Garden which has been designed in collaboration with the National Autistic Society. It is a celebration of sights, sounds, things to touch and hear and is something that all of us - with a diagnosis on the autistic spectrum or not - can savour and appreciate. The tea room serves home cooked lunches and cakes in the former ballroom of the house I promise that you won't be disappointed if you pay a visit.
tripadvisor
11/05/2019

Wonderful


Tom P, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
These gardens are beautiful,. We visited in May and the flowers were out in the woods. Tulips in gardens are not usually my favourite, but the individual tulips in the long grass meadows were stunning, and worth the visit in themselves. The who E garden was peaceful, and uncommercial. It is off the beaten track, but well worth looking out
tripadvisor
09/05/2019

Loved the arboretum and tea room


Julie M, Pontefract, United Kingdom
Visited just prior to the formal gardening flowering but still enjoyable. The rhodendrons were out and many other specialities. Plant lovers dream and the arboretum held some treasures. We had to visit the tea room and try the Earl Grey tealoaf and tea in the elegant room. The church was a small gem too.
tripadvisor
27/04/2019

Beautiful gardens - better than Alnwick!


nomadwithpen, United Kingdom
These are beautiful gardens to visit in Northumberland, quieter and less commercial than the gardens at Alnwick. Best time to visit in Spring!
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