The North East is full of breathtaking views and exquisite locations. Here are some of our favourite Gardens in the area that are a pleasure to visit, no matter what the season.
The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland:
A beautiful contrived garden both in and out of season with something for visitors of all ages to enjoy throughout the year. Unique attractions like the poison garden, bamboo maze and the magnificent water features bring people from all over the UK to the garden. Alnwick Garden is currently hosting their Halloween event which runs until October 31, closely followed by their winter wonderland spectacular in the run-up to Christmas.
Washington Old Hall
Washington Old Hall is a picturesque manor house in the centre of Washington village. The manor house provides a direct link to first American president George Washington as it’s where his ancestors took the family surname. Old Hall has been under the care of the National Trust since 1956 and its peaceful, well-kept gardens and café ensure a good day out.
Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens, Ponteland
Surrounding the 17th century Grade II listed mansion are the zoological gardens, full of wondrous creatures to bring delight to visitors of all ages. The estate demonstrates a fantastic way to have a fun-filled day with woodland walks, gardens, farm, play area for children and a café for the adults. Kirkley Hall is also the region’s main centre for a variety of short and long-term agricultural and horticultural courses.
The tranquil Georgian garden has 600 acres of riverside and woodland walks. The National Trust site offers a welcome escape from the boisterous boom of city life and dogs are welcome as long as they are kept on leads. Take part in Gibside‘s pumpkin trail from now until Saturday, November 4 from 11am-3pm daily.
Saltwell Park, Gateshead
This 55-acre park, which was listed in the top 10 in the UK, is located in Gateshead and has lots to offer to its visitors all year round. The Victorian park, designed by Edward Kemp, opened in 1876 and was hailed “The People’s Park”. It boasts a four-acre boating lake, a woodland island, Grade II Saltwell Towers and a yew-tree maze to name but a few attractions. Saltwell Park is also home to three war memorials and was the first North East site to link with the British Legion Field of Remembrance.
Whalton Manor Garden, Morpeth
Although the smallest garden on this list at just three acres, Whalton Manor creates a stunning atmosphere that is overflowing with natural beauty and inspiring architecture. Due to its size, the garden is not open to the public and can only be visited by appointment, making the 90-minute tour one to be treasured. With features such as pergolas, a stone-paved courtyard and game larder it is no wonder that Whalton Manor Garden is one of the North East’s most sought-after wedding venues.
Bradley Gardens, Wylam
The 19th century walled garden, situated just 9 miles from the city centre, has become a hidden gem. Over the course of 160 years, it has seen many owners and also some neglect. In 2013, it was sold again and pulled by the roots into the 21st century. When visiting the Bradley Gardens in 2018 you can expect to do some upmarket shopping and eat spectacular food while feeling you are in a secret oasis.
Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Northumberland
Like many places on our list, there is far more than just a garden to Belsay Hall. The estate comprises of a 14th-century castle, an 18th-century hall and remarkably vast garden between the two buildings. Sir Charles Mannock, who was responsible for the building of the hall, also contributed largely to the ‘wild’ look of the garden which was created in the remains of the quarry. Belsay Hall is host to an array of events and continues the festive spirit in December.
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