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Howick Estate Office, Alnwick,
Northumberland, NE66 3LB

01665-577285 / 577191

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Early Season:   Feb to March,  Wed - Sunday 10.30am - 4pm
Main Season:  April to Sept,  DAILY  10.30am - 6pm (last entry 5pm)
Late Season:  Oct to mid Nov,  DAILY 10.30am - 4pm

Parties/Coaches: Yes

Guided Tours Available

Group Appointment: Yes


House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:

Feb April - May June - Aug Oct

To see:

Snowdrop Festival Woodland garden Front borders/terraces & Bog garden. Autumn Colour

Admission Prices

Adult £7.70; Child Free; Concessions £6.60; Child free
(charges include a 10{78c5981cc65ef312afd2a01238b92ad49ab85a4991a386013c7fa8e22d3121d9} voluntary Gift Aid donation). Season tickets: Single £28, Double £48

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: No
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: No
Other Facilities & Comments:

Limited access for the disabled. Plants occasionally for sale. Earl Grey Tea House serves lunches, teas and light refreshments. Howick Family Challenge - Nature Trail - any time.

Garden Features & Events

An arboretum created from wild seed collected in China, Japan, the Himalayas, North America and Europe opened in 2006. Many labelled trees and shrubs and three new woodland walks of varying lengths to be enjoyed.

Rated by BBC Gardeners' World magazine as one of the top 5 coastal gardens in the country

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Dunstaborough Castle Hotel, Embleton Old Rectory, Howick


Robsons, Craster

Inns & Pubs:

Jolly Fisherman, Craster Shoreline Cafu00e9, Craster Cottage Inn, Dunstan Burnside, Longhoughton Saddle Hotel, Alnmouth Jolly Fisherman, Craster

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Howick village Craster village Longhoughton village Boulmer village Alnwick town

Description of Garden

The emphasis of the garden is pleasant informality in the style of William Robinson. Being only a mile from the sea many plants too tender for the same latitude inland flourish here as they do on the West Coast of Scotland or in the West Country in England. Eucryphia cordifolia, Drimys winteri, Embothrium coccineum, Rhododendron fragrantissimum are just some of the plants that one would not expect to see on the east coast of Northumberland. A pair of Magnolia campbelli can be magnificent in flower in early April.

The herbaceous borders were planted by Lady Grey with the agapanthus on the second terrace being a special feature as they are mainly original plants bred by Lewis Palmer as the Headborne hybrids now widely marketed. There is a very pleasant Long Walk, a dene which starts at the end of the woodland garden and winds down to the sea for one and a half miles following Howick Burn.

History Of Garden

Howick was the family home of the Grey family from 1319 until the death of the 5th Earl Grey in 1963. It then passed to his eldest daughter, Lady Mary Howick, and then to his grandson, the present Lord Howick of Glendale. The 2nd Earl Grey was the Prime Minister principally responsible for the passing of the Great Reform Bill of 1832 which saved parliamentary democracy. He was a keen gardener and tree planter and planted many of the hardwoods, particularly the beech and elms most of which sadly have already died or are at the end of their natural lives.

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