Alnwick Garden

Covering 42 acres, the gardens at Alnwick were opened to the public in 2001. It cost £60 million and is the biggest tourist attraction in the North-East of England.

The most popular feature of the garden is the Poison Garden. Filled with poisonous plants, this area of the garden is also used for drug education. During the Second World War, 24 people died after eating boiled rhubarb leaves which allegedly taste similar to cabbage.

There’s an Alnwick Garden route planner on their website where you can choose which part of the garden you want to visit. Here are some of the different areas: Bamboo labyrinth, Serpent Garden, Rose Garden, Grand Cascade, Ornamental Garden, Cherry Blossom Orchard, 12 acre Walled Garden and the Poison Garden.

Jane, Duchess of Northumberland commissioned the Belgian landscape designers Jacques and Peter Wirtz to design the gardens in 1997.

Alnwick Gardens is separate from the Castle and belongs to a charitable trust. If you wish to visit Alnwick Castle, you will need to buy a separate ticket.

The gardens are open from March until October but check the website for details

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Address: Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1YU View map Phone: 01665 511350 Length of visit: 3-4 hours
Dog friendly: No
Cafe: Yes
Car park: Yes
House open: No
House open - occasionally: No
Family friendly: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Wheelchair - majority: Yes

For information on opening times and to buy tickets: Click here

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