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“Interesting, but expensive and not good for pushchairs or wheel chairs”
Review of The Alnwick Garden

The Alnwick Garden
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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 October 4, 2012

This was my 2nd trip to Alnwick gardens, and the first time I did not have a push chair with me!
The ticket booth is hard to find, but the tickets, though expensive, are valid for a year, which is OK if you live nearby!
My toddler really did enjoy it, there are ride on peddle diggers at the base of the grand cascade and he adored those. He liked filling them up from the base of the Grand Cascade. He also love the fountains in the serpent garden, and we all liked the excuse to play in them ourselves. Do take welly boots and water proofs for small children though, as they will get wet!
The poison garden gives a silly and slightly sensationalised over view of the properties of common plants, but its fun.
We had morning coffee in the restaurant and it was very good, the toilets are spectacular, but the shop is very twee.
The problems started when we tried to go up to the top of the garden. The only level, ramped access, rather then steps, takes you right round the back of the garden behind tall hedges. You have the choice of missing things or having to go back and forwards a lot. We ended up dragging an empty pushchair up a lot of steps while my toddler ran off ahead to hide in various hedges and goggle at the fountains.
The tree house was also quite fun, but again not good with a pushchair! Taking it over the wobbly bridges was interesting.

1  Thank Beth B
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

A very full day that you could take at your own pace. Gardens were very interesting, especially the POISON GARDEN.

Thank Mike V
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Whilst in the area for a week we had to visit the gardens. In all it was a great experience, the waterfall, fountains, are the stars. Hand on heart it may be a little pricey, however once you pay your ticket is good for twelve months.

Thank VikingYork
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

We visited Alnwick gardens in September, a totally confusing method of entrance and validating tickets, staff were rude and unhelpful and gave us the impression that they were not really interested in their job except taking your money.The grand facade was fairly impressive but the rest of the gardens were not that inspiring(could have been the time of year).Save your money
and go to Keukenhof Garden in Holland.

1  Thank Sydney T
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

We enjoyed our visit to the Gardens and the Castle; however, as it was close to the end of the season it was probably not the best time of the year to visit. The water features are spectacular, and the gardens themselves a great place for young children to explore and play. The Castle was just that - a castle. Apart from the views there was little to hold a visitor's attention for long. That said, children seemed to be enjoying the broomstick training. For the occasional visitor, a single day's admission is expensive; however, we liked the fact those that lived locally could make multiple visits at no extra charge. On a slightly negative note, the Garden Cafe served us tea by placing a tea bag in a cup of hot water. On a second visit, later in the day, a tea pot was provided but no additional hot water. In sum, worth a visit but be careful about the time of year when you visit if it is a one-off.

Thank HenGus
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