11 Gardens to Visit This Autumn | Living North

11 Gardens to Visit This Autumn


Alnwick Garden
If you can’t get enough of our region’s beautiful gardens, here are some of the very best which remain open this autumn and beyond

1. The Alnwick Garden

Open all year

The Alnwick Garden is renowned for its unique design, and features such as The Poison Garden, the Serpent Garden and the Treehouse – the largest in Europe. However, it also offers spectacular sights in autumn and winter, including the transformation of the hornbeams that border the Grand Cascade, and the golden glow of the pleached crab apples. 

Denwick Lane, Northumberland NE66 1YU

01665 511350 www.alnwickgarden.com


2. Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

Open daily until 31 October (weekends only thereafter)

The gardens at Belsay Hall really come into their own during the autumn months, with the brilliant white bark of the Himalayan birch and the red-leaved Euonymus at the entrance of the unique Quarry Garden and the autumnal leaves of large beech trees that carpet the quarry floor. From November, enjoy the pinkish red rhododendrons and the pink and white of winter-flowering heather.

Belsay, Northumberland NE20 0DX

01661 881636 www.english-heritage.org.uk 


3. Bradley Gardens

Open all year

Owned by Bridgewater Interiors, Bradley Gardens has become a real food and shopping destination, with a cook shop, home store, ladies’ accessory store, plant and garden shop and a fantastic café, housed in the original Victorian glasshouse. The 18th century walled garden provides a wonderful, secret garden feel to this exciting destination.

01661 852176 www.bradleygardens.co.uk


4. Cragside

Open Tuesday to Sunday until 30 October, then Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the winter

The unique former home of the brilliant Victorian inventor and innovator Lord Armstrong offers a stunning garden and woodland experience, which includes one of Europe’s largest rock gardens and the beautiful lawns, ponds and borders of the formal gardens. And, with an adventure playground and a labyrinth through the Rhododendron Forest, the kids will love it too. 

Please note: there is currently no disabled access to the formal gardens.

Rothbury, Morpeth NE65 7PX

01669 620333 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside


5. Crook Hall Gardens

Open Wednesday to Sunday all year round

Crook Hall Gardens offers nine different areas, each with their own special charm and history. These include the secret walled garden, the Shakespeare walled garden, the moat pool and ponds, an arbour above the pond houses hops, vine and a lovely elm. For the kids (and adults too), there is a grass maze to enjoy and, in the autumn, the orchard provides an abundance of fruit.

Frankland Lane, Durham DH1 5SZ

0191 384 8028 www.crookhallgardens.co.uk 


6. Durham University Botanic Garden

Open all year

This 10-hectare site provides a wonderful experience for its many visitors, including a network of paths through mature woodland, a wild flower meadow, woodland garden, alpine garden, bamboo grove, glasshouses and a café – it’s a cracking place to wile away a few hours.

South Road, Durham DH1 3TN

0191 334 5521 www.dur.ac.uk 


7. Eggleston Hall Gardens

Open all year

This working garden and nursery is an ever-evolving space that offers new experiences every time you visit. The garden walk is usefully marked with 22 numbered stones, which take you past herbaceous borders, lawns and a wishing pool, as well as shrubs, trees and perennials and a replica of The Angel of the North. 

Barnard Castle, Durham DL12 0AG

01835 650230 www.egglestonhallgardens.co.uk 


8. Howick Hall Gardens

Closed between mid November and early February

The gardens of Howick Hall were established by Earl Grey (of Earl Grey tea fame) and include a rockery, woodland garden, a wild bog garden around a ponds and an arboretum, an impressive 65-acres housing shrubs and around 11,000 trees. There’s also a lovely café where you can enjoy a cup of Earl Grey tea.

Alnwick NE66 3LB

01665 577285 www.howickhallgardens.org 


9. Longframlington Gardens

Open all year

Owned by garden designer Hazel Huddleston, this beautiful 12-acre garden is a real hidden gem, and offers visitors a wealth of treats – particularly in autumn, with the appearance of changes in leaf colour, late-season flowering and fruits. There are also temporary and permanent exhibitions and collections, a nursery and plant centre and a café. 

Longframlington, Morpeth NE65 8BE

01665 570382 www.longframlingtongardens.co.uk


10. Wallington Hall

Gardens and woodland open all year

A walk through East Wood offers tall trees, shrubs, ponds and an abundance of wildlife – look out for woodpeckers, bats, red squirrels and even otters. Beyond Neptune’s Gate at the edge of the wood is the 18th century Walled Garden, filled with borders, shrubs, specimen plants and ornamental trees, a small nuttery and a stream that trickles down through the garden. 

Cambo, near Morpeth NE61 4AR

01670 773600 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wallington


11. Wynyard Hall

Open all year

After a multi-million pound redevelopment, utilising the creative talents of award-winning landscape architect Alistair Baldwin and rose expert Michael Marriott, the gardens now boast over 3,000 roses, alongside a selection of shrubs, trees, water features and meandering paths. There is also an excellent café, a farm shop and three new attractions on the way: The Glasshouse, Edible Garden and Potting Shed.

Tees Valley TS22 5NF

01740 644811



Published in: August 2016

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