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“Howick is a hidden gem, don't spoil it”

Howick Hall Gardens
Ranked #6 of 43 things to do in Alnwick
Certificate of Excellence
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
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Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Northumberland
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Howick is a hidden gem, don't spoil it”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

What a star amongst 'gardens'

If you want a monoculture of roses or cherry trees or huge man made waterfals, go to Alnwick Garden.

If you enjoy and are inspired by the blending of gardening and landscape, then Howick is the place for you. Although there is an area of formal garden around the house, the real joy is in the landscape and the arboretum which stretches down to the sea. There are a myriad of paths through the trees - most of them labelled, and the Long Walk takes you down a sheltered valley forming a part of the arboretum, with plantings of newer specimens in the care of magnificent mature beech trees. As you wander the paths htere are constant surprises, be it in plantings around the house, or in the informal areas where newer plants, shrubs and trees are in their labelled and rabbit proof jackets,
In the spring the snowdrops and daffodils lift the spirits. and as the year progresses clearings amongst and beside the paths come alive with different species.

Oh yes - and the tearoom is elegant, roomy, and has excellent fresh and home made food, served by people who make you feel like a vistor, and not just another punter.

HIghly recommended to gardeners and tearoom afficionados
Look out for the Northumberland Snowdrop, the Handkerchief Tree ( Davidia involucrata) in bloom, and of course, Earl Grey tea - you're where it was invented!

Just - Don't go if you think a garden has to have 30,000 roses or spectacular man made energy using waterfalls to be a garden.

Visited August 2012
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Thorpeness, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Unexpected visit to a plantsman's garden”
Reviewed September 22, 2012

We stumbled across Howick Hall as we motored south down the coast from Bramburgh Castle. The cafe was regal and served an amazing selection of teas and cakes. The garden is tranquil and in particular the bog garden was full of colour. Beautiful little church.

Visited September 2012
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Hullbridge, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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“Very nice”
Reviewed September 22, 2012

We had a lovely walk then had afteroon tea in a very pleasant room overlooking the gardens. Lovely experience.

Visited August 2012
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lancs
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47 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Not as expected”
Reviewed September 8, 2012

Nice tea rooms with delicious food,gardens were a bit of a let down though a good variety of decent snacks,and home made cakes,a variety of fresh coffees to choose from.

Visited September 2012
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Leeds
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27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Splendid Cream Tea”
Reviewed September 7, 2012

Excellent cream tea for two was had in the Howick Hall tea room. A good selection of tea and no skimping on scone size or accompanying cream and jam - served in the old Ballroom of one of the wings, it's a realistic experience.

Visited September 2012
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