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“Not a place for knights and valour”
Review of The Alnwick Garden

The Alnwick Garden
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Ranked #6 of 44 things to do in Alnwick
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Owner description: The Alnwick Garden is one of the world’s most extraordinary contemporary gardens. From poisonous plants and treetop walkways to glorious roses and towering delphiniums, the Duchess of Northumberland’s vision for a forgotten plot is now a truly 21st century experience full of imagination and fun, all brought to life with water.
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

There may be an attempt to clothe Alnwick Castle in Medieval Chivalry, but it fails miserably when it comes to value for money. The welcome was great... the parking attendant helpful with overseas guest, well done!!!... There after it was a case of you know you will not be able to get into that part of the building even though you will pay the full price. The falcons will not be flying until late bacause of the filming, this restaurant is not available for the public. Come on Percy Northumberland, you have to decide, its either the humble peasant or the ITV... When you try to do both, you leave the peasants in revolt. A family of 5 can pay pver £100 to be ripped of... far more honest to close the place down for the filming, but then you might loose those on whom you depend. Stay away... leave it for another day.

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Reviewed 7 August 2014

Yes it's a garden. But it isn't a gardener's garden - think theme park rather than garden. And as a theme park it succeeds. As a garden we were disappointed.

The waterfall is a wonderful feature….but at its foot is an area where 'the kiddies' are driving around in little tractors (sponsored by John Deere?). It detracts from the feature. The whole garden is 'kiddie-centric". The Poison Garden was so popular that the queues put us off all day. The Rose Garden is something that has lots of roses, but no theme, no structure, and shows above all that this garden is for show and is not a gardener's garden. The walled garden had structure, but was not particularly stimulating.

We paid £3.50 to park. Then walked a long way to the gate. Then queued twenty minutes to pay £19.80 (two pensioners) to enter). I think that is a reasonable price for what you get. The cafe is well planned, clean and the food is fine, good choice, and not overly priced. The whole attraction has been designed to be wheelchair friendly and they have made real efforts and done well in this area.

This isn't a great garden. It is successful destination tourism. It is where 'we can take the kiddies for a day out'. Real garden lovers try elsewhere unless you, like us, are curious.

1  Thank archaeologyman
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

Lovely garden with lots to see, enjoyed the poison garden, something different. Would definitely return to eat at the Tree House, but would need to book.

2  Thank Katie W
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

A great day out- a bit pricey but a good day.
Take a change of clothes for the kids- they're bound to get soaked in the various water features.
Some nice walks, and a guided tour of the poison garden is worth doing too.
As expected the food is pricey, but there's a huge lawn to sit and eat a picnic.
My best advise would be to check the weather forecast before you go- I think the rain would shorten your trip.

Thank jamesfeatherstone
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Reviewed 6 August 2014 via mobile

Combined this visit with a trip to the castle in one day and that was plenty of time to see both.

The grounds themselves are beautifully set out, with different themes. The poison garden is worth a tour of as it will amaze you at how many plants are poisonous that you would never think would be!
The rose garden smelt heavenly as all the flowers were in bloom as you walk through.

The bamboo maze was fun to navigate round and you would come across people being dragged round and round by their children as they were enjoying it so much!

The centrepiece fountain is mesmerising to look at and it was nice to sit down by the side and just watch and listen to the water. Be careful if you do sit down by the fountain as it sometimes squirts water in an arch over where people walk and soaks you! As it was a hot day when we went, the kids were all in their swim gear and loving it!

Lovely cafe and gift shop by the entrance too.

There is also activities put on for children to keep them entertained and the little ducklings wandering around the gardens proved to be a highlight for some children!

All in all a lovely day out for all.

Thank Natwill27
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