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The Alnwick Garden, Alnwick

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Must see · Castle · Garden
Green and boasting the luxury of a typical British estate garden, The Alnwick Garden sits on a lush expanse of land in the heart of the Northumberland countryside. First established in 1750, the garden is blessed with tasteful landscaping, ornate stone works, and picturesque pathways. It now covers 17 hectares (42 acres) of land and endures as a reminder of a golden age of British architecture and design. Enter the Venetian gates of the ornamental garden and wander along pathways lined by fruit trees and lavender. Sit by the bubbling pool in the center and admire the colorful varieties of flowers surrounding you. Wrap up your visit with refreshments in the cafe, a 560 sq m (6,000 sq ft) treehouse, which is one of the largest of its kind in the world. To visit The Alnwick Garden on your trip to Alnwick, use our Alnwick road trip planning tool.
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  • was ther in June 2019 (not dec 2019). entrance fee allow us to return FOC. Sadly we could not. One can spend the whole after noon there. Check out the poison garden! :)  more »
  • Nice autumn visit , still plenty to see . Vivid safe prior to lockdown 2. Poison garden , very helpful staff . Look forward to visiting In the summer  more »
  • Despite clearly being outside its peak season the gardens still managed to keep us occupied for a couple of hours. There were understandably fewer flowers, but the cherry orchard was beautiful and...  more »
  • Fantastic place! Loved The Poison Garden tour. The gardens are beautiful and so relaxing. Praise for Sandy who met us at the entrance. A lovely man who is very informative and friendly. He's a real asset to your team!
  • Lots to see and do. The free 20 minute poison garden tour is worth doing. You'll never be without your gardening gloves again. But they only take 20 people at a time so investigate that first. The water features are all magnificent and kids love getting wet in any of the fountains. Maybe take a towel on a hot day. It's getting to the end of the flowers now but I'm sure there's more highlights. Parking is £3 all day and is only 10 mins stroll from the market square so it's worth it. Good cafe too with ample seating inside and out and nice meals and snacks. Also there is the tree house restaurant which is well worth a peek even if you don't go in for lunch. Very unusual labyrinths and plenty for all the family at the gardens including a fantastic fantasy mini golf course outside. Plant sales too.
  • Lovely place to visit providing fabulous views and walking gardens. Water feature is fun and adds to the gardens. Lots of things to do that children will enjoy. Cafeteria style restaurant and lots of places to sit viewing the water feature and large open grass area. Parking requires some walking, although it is wheelchair friendly. Worth a visit on a nice day. Enjoy a visit to the Treehouse Restaurant and try out the swinging bridges!
  • Fascinating, quirky, varied and high quality. Much more to offer than just plants. Very impressive waterfalls and fountains. Lots of stuff for kids. Probably unique. However someone to talk about the plants themselves would have been nice.
  • We headed over to Alnwick garden after the castle. There’s a lovely walk between the castle and gardens with stunning views of the castle and countryside. Highlights of the garden were the cherry orchard, rose garden and formal gardens. The poison garden tour was just OK and could have skipped it. This place has the feel of an amusement park of sorts around the entrance and cafe. Seek out quiet spots around the perimeter for some solace.

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