Frequently Asked Questions

Are dogs allowed in the garden?  Sorry, no.  However there is a very good 'doggy day care' centre at Lee Moor (about 2 miles away) where you can arrange to leave your dog in the excellent kennels they have there.  Ring Ann Dunn at Happy Hounds Kennels 01665 572425 

When do the Garden Tours take place? - The Garden Tours take place on Mondays and Friday at 2pm and are open to ticket holders. The tours are given by Howick Hall Garden Volunteers. Meet at Admissions Kiosk.   Learn about the history of Howick Hall, the family and the gardens.

Group/Coach Tours:  Please download a booking form from this website or contact the Estate Office via e-mail at or telephone 01665 577285.

Public Transport to Howick Hall Gardens? - Arriva Bus Company run a bus service from Newcatle to Alnwick/Alnwick to Newcastle on an hourly basis.  For an up to date timetable please contact them on 0871 200 2233, or through their website address at     

Travelsure operate a bus service (number 401) between Alnwick and Beadnell/Beadnell and Alnwick and drops off at the entrance to Howick Hall Gardens.  For an up to date timetable please contact Travelsure on 01665 720955 or 01668 219291, or through their website address at

What is the Family Explorer Challenge? - The seasonal Family Explorer Challenges are nature trails which meander through the garden and arboretum and pose a number of orienteering and wildlife questions.  Look out for swans, ducks, herons and red squirrels.