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
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Onsite Car and Coach Parking, Wheelchair Friendly with Disability Map
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Tearoom - serving light lunches and teas
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tripadvisor
14/09/2017

HISTORIC HOWICK HALL GARDENS


Carol B, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Tuesday 22 August 17. My husband and I decided to visit Howick Hall Gardens. Howick Hall was the home of the Grey family from 1319 until the death of the 5th Earl Grey in 1963. The Estate then passed to his eldest daughter, Lady Mary Howick and through her to her son the present Lord Howick of Glendale, grandson of the 5th Earl Grey. Charles 2nd Earl Grey is the most distinguished member of the Grey family. His statue stands on the column at the top of Grey Street in Newcastle (Grey’s Monument), and Grey College in Durham. As leader of the Whig party he was Prime Minister from 1830 to 1834, during which time the Great Reform Bill of 1832 passed in the teeth of opposition from the Duke of Wellington; this started the process of parliamentary reform which eventually led to our modern democracy. Slavery was abolished during his ministry. He married Mary Elizabeth Ponsonby in 1794; the marriage was happy and fruitful and the couple had 15 children. Howick Hall is also the home of Earl Grey tea! The tea was specially blended by a Chinese mandarin for Charles 2nd Earl Grey, to suit the water from the spring at Howick, using bergamot in particular to offset the taste of the lime in it. Lady Grey us it in London when entertaining as political hostess, and it proved so popular that she was asked if it could be sold to others. This is how ‘Twinings’ came to market it and it is now sold worldwide. Sadly, the Greys being un-businesslike, failed to register the trade mark and as a result they have never received a penny in royalties. My husband and I started our tour of the garden by first of all walking though the ‘Silverwood’ Woodland Garden, with its lovely silver birches and leafy nooks and glades, from here we strolled over a very ornate bridge over a tumbling stream and went to visit the church. The church of St Michael and All Angels stands to the south-east of the hall. Inside opposite the pulpit can be found the marble tomb of the Prime Minister 2nd Earl Grey. The small stone gargoyles on the exterior of the north wall were carved by the 3rd Countess, Maria and she was also responsible for the decorative carving on the stone pillars inside the church. Maria was rather a sad figure, being childless and she was heartily disliked by her in-laws, one can only hope she found peace and solace in her art, which is quite lovely. My husband and I also looked round the church yard and took some nice photographs of some of the memorials. My husband and I then turned left down a path which led us to the lovely terrace boarders across the back of the house, the agapanthus here were wonderful in there shades of blue and there was a nice pool with a trickling cherub fountain, where we sat on a bench in the sunshine listening to the water splashing in the pool. We then strolled in Lady Grey’s Private Garden, which was open today; it was a very pretty garden with colourful cottage boarders and a lovely rose arch with lovely white roses. My husband and I left this garden by a gate and then walked along the daffodil bank and past the hydrangea garden with its late flowering lace caps and walked past the wildflower meadows. We then strolled round to The Bog Garden with its many unusual herbaceous plants which include Astilbe, Primula and Trollius just to mention a few. My husband and I were now in need of refreshment, so we strolled round to the lovely Earl Grey Tea House, which is situated in the old ballroom in the east quadrant of the hall. My husband had Earl Grey tea with lemon with a large slice of fruit cake and I had a cream tea with wonderful warm scones and whipped cream and Earl Grey tea with lemon (Yes! A cup of tea – a rare thing indeed!!), which was really nice and we spent a pleasant hour here and I wrote a poem called ‘Howick Hall’. If you like woodland and gardens, then this is one for your Bucket List.
tripadvisor
08/09/2017

A fantastic place!


Caroline067, Hampshire
Really enjoyed our visit here. Spent the whole day and still didn't see everything, the woodland paths seemed to go on for miles. There were different garden plant habitats and if you are a plantaholic like me, you would love it! The perennials were varied and were in very good condition. The arboretum was extremely interesting though at the far end, it definitely needed more attention. There were some very unusual plants with protection from rabbits around them and with horsetail growing inside, but I guess most visitors wouldn't get that far. They would however miss out on the hundreds of plants from around the world, a magnificent collection.
tripadvisor
08/09/2017

A pleasant afternoon's wander with a nice lunch


Googly2010, Tonbridge, United Kingdom
Our visit would have been more enjoyable had the weather not been coldish with lowering skies, but you can't control the British weather. The gardens and arboretum are huge - you could easily spend a whole day here. Due to my painful knee we restricted ourselves to a small part of the wilder areas (bog garden, part of arboretum, magnolia garden) plus the formal gardens. The flower borders are now largely over but would have been magnificent a month ago. We found the exhibition on the arboretum and collections of trees in the main house was beautifully done with some lovely photos and interesting information. We also enjoyed our lunch in the ballroom, very tasty sandwiches and good cakes! If we lived nearby a season ticket (do they offer one?) would be very tempting.
tripadvisor
06/09/2017

Beautiful English Garden and a Nice Walk


BillW611, Ripon, WI
We visited the gardens with our granddaughters who love flowers. Although August is not the best time to visit a garden, Howick still provided a nice show. It is quite large with both a garden area and an arboretum, and there are wide walks though all parts. Our girls loved it, as did we.
tripadvisor
04/09/2017

Not just gardens


Martin H, Stockport, United Kingdom
This can be a straight formal garden tour or something more as there are a series o walks which leave the garden confines but cover the wider escape one of which ( The Long Walk) is about three and a half miles round and goes out to the coast. I say this because the leaflet you get with your entry is initially a little confusing due to the way it is folded...or at least I found it so because it seems to highlight these longer walks the way it opens up, not the very impressive series of formal gardens which I suspect many come for. There are also some very nice tea rooms in what ws ht e ballroom to the side of the house. So there is a lot to do in say 2 hours but you could make the site the basis of a whole days excursion if you want to add in one or more walks.
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