Howick Hall Gardens And Arboretum
Estate Alnwick Northumberland

Howick Hall Gardens And Arboretum

Estate In Alnwick, Northumberland

The ancestral home of the Earls Grey since 1319. (As in the tea!)

Located in the coastal town of Howick and a 15 minute drive from Alnwick are the Howick are the beautiful Howick Hall Gardens And Arboretum.

Since 1319 it has been the ancestral seat of the Earls Grey and the famous tea is actually named after the 2nd Earl. With 65 acres of beautiful gardens to explore you will certainly have earned your sit down with a cup of tea at the end of the day!

Howick Hall was designed and built by Newcastle architect William Newton in 1782 for the Grey family. It was enlarged by Charles 2nd Earl Grey in 1809, to accommodate his ever increasing family. (Charles had 16 children in total!)

Charles was Prime Minister from 1830-1834 and was famous for the Reform Act of 1832, which brought parliamentary reform to the House of Commons. His government also enacted the Slavery Abolition Act 1833, bringing about the abolition of slavery in most of the British Empire.

As well as his notable political career, Earl Grey tea was also named after him. There are a number of stories around why this happened, but according to the Grey family, the tea was especially blended by a Chinese mandarin for Lord Grey to suit the water at Howick Hall.

It's very likely you've seen the Monument in Newcastle dedicated to Earl Grey. There are tours to the top of the monument which give fantastic views over the city, unfortunately they are not running at the minute due to Covid restrictions, but keep checking Google for updates!

Anyway, back to the hall. There was sadly a huge fire there in 1926 which destroyed the whole of the interior of the main house. It was rebuilt in 1928, but the Grey family moved out of the house in 1963 after the death of Charles Grey, 5th Earl Grey. His grandson Charles Baring and his family now live there.

Additional photographs below kindly supplied by Neil Jupp.

  Add To Bucket List   I Have Visited This Place

Get 3 points if you have visited this place. Already visited by 51 VIPs.

Login to the VIP area to add places to your bucket list, mark them as visited and more importantly see where you rank on the league table.

How To Find Howick Hall Gardens And Arboretum

Where Is Howick Hall Gardens And Arboretum?

Show Place On Google Maps

Lat / Long

55.450631, -1.609668

What three words

blush.built.waiters

Where To Park For Howick Hall Gardens And Arboretum?

Just parking in the dedicated car park for the hall.

Contributed by Sandra Clemens

I love the great outdoors and have been a National Trust & English Heritage member for years. I also love going off the beaten track and finding places like Sharp's Folly or Rothley Castle which are hidden gems in Northumberland. My favourite recent hike was climbing Red Screes in the Lake District on a whim, not fully grasping how high 776m was. It was still an achievement to conquer a Wainwright walk and I hope to do more one day.

More Places from Sandra
Sandra Clemens

More Places In Alnwick

Find more fabulous places in Alnwick, Northumberland and if you know of a place we haven't listed, then let us know.

Alnwick Water Tower
Alnwick Water Tower
Water Tower Alnwick Northumberland

A water tower sitting next to the kitchen garden of Alnwick Gardens.

Jenny’s Lantern Folly
Jenny’s Lantern Folly
Folly Alnwick Northumberland

A ruin of a folly shaped like a shepherd's hut on the Alnwick moors.

Thrunton Wood
Thrunton Wood
Landscape Alnwick Northumberland

A spectacular woodland planted on crags to the north and south.

More Estates

So this estate wasn't enough and you want more? Don't worry we have you covered.

Ormesby Hall
Ormesby Hall
Estate Middlesbrough North Yorkshire

Grade I listed mansion house predominantly 18th century.

Seaton Delaval Hall
Seaton Delaval Hall
Estate Seaton Valley Northumberland

A beautiful grade I listed country house a mile from the coast, packed with glorious history!

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens
Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens
Estate Belsay Northumberland

A Greek Doric style house, 14th century castle and 30 acres of beautiful gardens.

Never Miss A Fabulous Place

If you are afraid of missing out on all the fabulous places we post, or just want to be the first to know, then sign up to the Fabulous North.

Each week we will email you all the brand new places that we visit.

Sign Up To Alerts
Sign up to newsletter
Fabulous North On Facebook

Find Us On Facebook

We post all our new places daily on our Facebook Groups page, so join the group today and be notified when we add a new place.

Join Our Facebook Group