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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Certificate of ExcellenceCertificate of Excellence
tripadvisor
23/04/2017

A great, friendly place to visit.


Jem61147, Cramlington, United Kingdom
Greeted at the admissions kiosk by a friendly, very well informed lady who gave an abundance of information about the Gardens. After exploring various areas we visited the Earl Grey Tearooms where we enjoyed delicious cakes and tea served by very friendly staff. A great place to visit, beautiful gardens and Tearooms with very friendly staff.
tripadvisor
17/04/2017

A lovely Oasis


Lorna M, Lewes, United Kingdom
Just the thing for a lunch in-between garden walks. My Herring Salad was memorably (and locally sourced, of course). They even took care of my gluten problems, making sure I had new potatoes instead of bread, which I appreciated.
tripadvisor
16/04/2017

One of the reasons why we love Northumberland


pfc302, Chester-le-Street, United Kingdom
I first discovered Howick Hall whilst working nearby,my first visit was rather rushed as we had little time and had made prior arrangements.So our next visit was far more leisurely made ,we made the most of the beautiful gardens and loitered with intent in fronf of the delightful cakes in he tea room,one tea,one coffee and two cakes later we left contented but have repeated this little ritual quite a few times since and try to visit in different times of the season to make the most of the gardens.
tripadvisor
15/04/2017

A really lovely day out


Chris P,
We have driven past Howick Hall many times on our way to Craster etc., and always planned to visit some day. Today was the day. We had a lovely time, plenty of flowers and flowering shrubs to see even though it is still a bit early in the year. The gardens are such that you are hardly aware that there is anyone else about, and are very peaceful. We had a very nice lunch there. All the staff were very friendly and helpful, greeting us politely and wishing us a pleasant time. We will be going back again to see the gardens later in the year because we are sure that a bit later in the year they will be even better.
tripadvisor
15/04/2017

A step back to a more genteel age!


MikeH007, Grantham, United Kingdom
We have been to this area of Northumberland before but hadn't visited Howick Hall Gardens so were very pleasantly surprised at this wonderful step back in time. We arrived a few minutes before opening time still but received a great welcome with lots of information at the entrance office. A map showing the various walks was provided suggesting a route that gave the most advantageous views of the wooded and formal gardens. The grounds are spectacular as the rhododendrons were in flower and many other woodland species were at their best. A gentle stroll through the various areas harked back to more genteel times. Only a small proportion of the Hall is available to be viewed, namely the entrance hall and the ballroom which is now the coffee shop but we understand that the family would like to open more at some stage in the future. If you love gardens then you will not fail to enjoy these and with a very reasonable entrance fee it really should be a must. We will definitely call again as there are so many varieties of plants to see in such a beautiful and natural setting.
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