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The gardens at Howick are deliberately aimed at garden lovers with the extensive grounds offering a wide variety of plants throughout the year and are open from early February until mid November.


The season starts in early February with the ’Snowdrop Festival’. In late March/April there are spectacular drifts of daffodils to be seen throughout the grounds. In April/May the Woodland Garden is particularly lovely with rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias, and the tulips also appear in the wild flower meadows in May. The formal gardens, including the herbaceous borders and terraces in front of the Hall, come into their own from June onwards. The Bog Garden lasts from June to September and is mostly planted with unusual herbaceous material grown from seed collected in the wild, which will be of particular interest to dedicated plantsmen. The late season brings brilliant autumn colour in late September through to mid November.


Howick Hall Gardens has been rated by the BBC Gardener’s World Magazine as one of the top 5 coastal gardens in the country and rated the Independent Magazine as ’one of the Best 10 Gardens to visit this spring’.

 Visitor Information - Garden Opening Times


Early Season (incl Snowdrop Festival)

Wed - Sun 10.30 - 4pm

Main Season 

(British Summer Time)

DAILY 10.30-6pm (last entry 5pm)

Late Season  From 1st Oct

DAILY from 10.30am with last entry 4pm



Admission Charges

Adults - £7.70*

Over 60s - £6.60*

Children - FREE

Includes a 10% voluntary Gift Aid donation.

Season Tickets

Single - £28

Double - £48
Season Tickets grant unlimited access to Gardens, Arboretum & Tearoom during normal garden opening hours.

Sorry, no dogs, assistance dogs only.

Head Gardener’s Diary

Gardener's Notebook

gardens illustrated magazine cover

Garden of The Year, 2009

Awarded by: Gardens Illustrated and Garden Museum

Read the magazine article (pdf)

With thanks to Gardens Illustrated.