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“Keen gardeners only.”

Howick Hall Gardens
Ranked #8 of 44 things to do in Alnwick
Certificate of Excellence
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
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Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 1 September 2014

We've driven past this place countless times - but haven't called in until now. If you are touring Northumberland, you will be spoilt for historic houses and gardens. This should rank amongst the best -but it doesn't.
The atmosphere, from the moment you enter the ticket office, is a bit bleak and down. The gardens are maintained in a 'natural' state. Some might call it 'untidy'. There are no plant names or information boards. You have to be a keen gardener to know what you are looking at. Some visitors are obviously very knowledgeable. I'm afraid, we are not. The history of Earl Grey and the family were my main interest - but this aspect was poorly served. Why on earth they don't make more of the family history is beyond me. The small snippets of information that are given are fascinating.
Look, this isn't Alnwick Garden or Cragside ( both great days out) - but it should and could be better than this. In one of the most beautiful corners of Northumberland, it disappoints. Even the tearoom was half empty on a glorious August weekend. Worth a trip if you are a very keen gardener. Otherwise, go to the beach or Alnwick Gardens.

Thank Rambler
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Reviewed 31 August 2014

Visited this garden as my family love tea and wanted to see the house Earl Grey lived in. We had tea and cake first in a beautiful room with wood paneling. The tea and cake was lovely and the staff friendly and attentive. We then moved onto the gardens. We only had an hour but you could easily spend a whole day wandering the gardens. Lots of benches to sit and ponder your surroundings.

1  Thank Caroline R
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Reviewed 30 August 2014

The first comment about this place is the impertinence of charging a substantial amount of money to walk in unkept woodland. There are many woodland areas where you can walk for nothing. There is one area, the small Bog garden which has a herbaceous border and the rest is wild, weedy forest. The house is a beautiful building, entirely empty and unavailable. The restaurant in the grounds is fine. It should move somewhere else which does not charge for entry. This is one of the biggest ripoffs I have experienced.

1  Thank DaoHaddington
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Reviewed 28 August 2014

To wander around these beautiful gardens was a complete joy. The under planting must have been a huge undertaking. Everything was in good condition and we enjoyed the walk round such a peaceful place.

2  Thank Scodgit
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Reviewed 24 August 2014

The hall isn't open to visitors but its the grounds you go for. There is a very pretty bog garden and short woodland strolls that most people would be able to stroll through, before stopping off at the tea rooms in a beautiful room in the hall itself for lunch, cake or a cuppa. Then there are the more extensive arboretum grounds to walk through if you have the time and ability. The selection of trees is astounding, from all over the world and I walked around here for 2.5 hours in all, making the entry fee excellent value for money. there are so many benches to stop at and sit and just enjoy the grounds on a warm sunny day its great to find a bench and read a book!

2  Thank JoEastMidlands
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