Glorious Gardens

Glorious Gardens


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Northumberland’s unique collection of gardens are a real delight, which isn’t a surprise as we have a great gardening pedigree. Famous landscape gardener Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown was born here and learned his trade on the Kirkharle Estate in the heart of the Northumbrian countryside.


1.    Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens is a real treat. On top of the delights of the built heritage of the Hall and the Castle, Belsay transports you to what feels like another world. The Quarry Garden is home to species of plants that shouldn’t be able to survive this far north, but its sheltered climate provides the ideal conditions. There are formal gardens too, plus an unforgettable Rhododendron display.

2.    Open only by appointment, Whalton Manor Gardens can give your group a special VIP-like experience. Their exclusive private tours can be tailor-made to your requirements, whether you fancy a cream tea after exploring the three acres of Gertrude Jeckyll influenced gardens, or a delightful lunch in the shadow of the Lutyens-designed Italianate summerhouse.

3.     A Royal Horticultural Society partner member, Bide-a-Wee Cottage Gardens has been crafted out of a former quarry and is now home to hundreds of varieties of plants including The National Collection of Centaura.

4.    Linden Hall is a Georgian country house hotel, hidden away amongst 450 acres of park and woodland, making it the ideal base for exploring the gardens of Northumberland. Their 50 bedrooms are serviced by a health and leisure spa and a 2 AA rosette restaurant plus an 18 hole golf course, complemented by a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

4.    Book a tour of The Alnwick Garden and you won’t be disappointed. This modern garden is the Duchess of Northumberland’s labour of love and it shows. The Grand Cascade will give your group that ‘wow factor’ moment, while the Poison Garden will intrigue and surprise them.

5.    It is a little known fact that Earl Grey Tea was brewed for the water at Howick Hall Gardens & Arboretum, which was the 2nd Earl Grey’s home for a time. Enjoy an afternoon tea followed by a walk around the estate, whose extensive grounds are aimed at garden lovers and have something to offer in all seasons, from the Snowdrop Festival in February to the fantastic Autumn colours of their 1,800 species of trees.

Tourist Information Centre

Morpeth and Alnwick Tourist Information Centres are both open all year and happy to help.

Contact Details

Hopefully this itinerary has given you some ideas for planning your group visit to Northumberland. If you need any further help, please don’t hesitate to contact Natalie at Northumberland Tourism – your group travel liaison.          01670 794900

Places in this itinerary

Belsay Hall
NE20 0DX

Lose yourself at Belsay with its unique combination of Grecian architecture, medieval ruins, formal terraces and lush jungle-esque Quarry Garden.

Italianate Summer House
NE61 3UT

Open by appointment, this three-acre garden is bursting with inspirational planting and magnificent architectural structures designed by Edwin Lutyens and influenced by Gertrude Jekyll.

quarry pond
NE65 8PR

A Royal Horticultural Society partner garden with two acres, richly and diversely planted.

Macdonald Linden Hall
NE65 8XF

Set within stuninng 450 acres of Northumberland countryside, the hotel boasts a health club and spa facilities alongside an 18 hole golf course. We have an award winning restaurant and a pub, and the relaxing lounges and drawing rooms are perfect for morning coffee and afternoon teas. Take advantage of the surrounding grounds for long walks with the wildlife.

Alnwick Garden
NE66 1YU

One of the world's most extraordinary contemporary gardens.

Howick Hall Gardens
NE66 3LB

Beautiful gardens, woodland walks, Sensory Garden, a Prime Minister and a famous cup of tea - Earl Grey of course since Howick was him home!

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