6 June 2017

Alnwick Gardens


We went for a short break in Northumberland last month.  We stayed at The Percy Arms in Chatton which was about half way between Alnwick and Holy Island, both of which we visited.  The first place we went to was Alnwick Castle.  You have to pay for entry to the gardens separately but the castle ticket allows you to visit for a whole year.

As it was the beginning of spring, a few of the flowers weren’t out just yet but there were still lots of pretty colours, especially the tulips and the hedge below.  There’s also the impressive fountain and arches to walk round, as well as the cherry blossom and bamboo gardens.


Behind the Grand Cascade we found a little collection of gardens to explore – the Ornamental gardens with its lovely fountains and the Rose Gardens. You can also go on a tour around the Poison Garden.  The tour lasted about fifteen minutes and they explained which plants were poisonous including rhubarb leaves, daffodils, poppies and even doc leaves. Some of the plants are so dangerous that Alnwick Garden have a licence to be able to keep them and they are kept in cages.


Alnwick garden boasts the largest collection of ‘Tai-hauku’ cherry blossom outside of Japan and there are over 300 trees in the Orchard. They only bloom for around two weeks a year, usually the end of April/beginning of May, but it’s dependent on the weather so it’s hard to predict. There are plenty of double seated swings positioned around the orchard giving you a unique opportunity to swing underneath the shade of the trees.

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