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Spectacular homes and gardens near the Park

Houses & Gardens


Lose yourself in English country gardens, an innovative Victorian’s palace of invention, imposing castles or Capability Brown parkland – with these attractions situated just outside Northumberland National Park.

Alnwick Gardens.

Alnwick Gardens, with its spectacular water features and poison garden, is popular with visitors.

Alnwick Gardens

Near Alnwick. Admission charge. Charge for car parking. Toilets. Café. Visit for: A contemporary garden including the spectacular Grand Cascade, Serpent Garden, Poison Garden and Bamboo Labyrinth. The green fingered will love dining in the Treehouse, high in the canopy. For the website, click here.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

Near Morpeth. Admission charge. Car parking. Toilets. Café. Dogs allowed in the grounds. Visit for: The unfurnished Hall and its soaring pillars, the ruined medieval castle with stunning views from the top of the tower and the 30 acres of grounds. The unique Quarry Garden is full of ravines and exotic plants. If you’re here in February, the snowdrops are magical. For the website, click here.

Bide-a-Wee Cottage Gardens and Nursery

Near Morpeth. Admission charge. Visit for: A delightful garden crafted out of a former sandstone quarry over the last 25 years. It specialises in ferns, shrubs, perennials and grasses. For the website, click here.

Chillingham Castle

Near Alnwick. Admission charge. Car parking. Toilets. Café. Visit for: A chance to follow in the footsteps of royalty to see this beautiful castle, dating from the 12th century. There are also formal gardens laid out by Capability Brown and woodland walks. For the website, click here.

Cragside House.

The exceptional view up to the beautiful Cragside House near Rothbury.

Cragside House

Near Rothbury. Admission charge. Car parking. Toilets. Café. Visit for: A stately home with a difference! The Victorian inventor Lord Armstrong packed his house with gadgets such as a lift and Turkish bath. There is furniture and artwork galore. As the first house ever to be lit by hydroelectricity, which you can discover in the hands-on electricity exhibition. The extensive grounds include an adventure playground and are particularly beautiful in springtime when the rhododendrons bloom. For the website, click here.

The Garden Station

Near Hexham. Free. Car parking. Toilets. Café. Visit for: A relaxing stroll in the charming woodland gardens planted around a restored railway station. The café displays pictures by local artists and visiting exhibitions. For the website, click here.

Kirkharle Lake and Courtyard

Near Wallington. Free. Car parking. Toilets. Café. Visit for: A chance to stroll round the gardens and lake at the birthplace of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. A collection of boutique shops, arts and crafts workshops set in a converted 18th Century farm courtyard make for a great retail experience too. For the website, click here.

Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens

Near Ponteland. Admission charge. Car parking. Toilets. Café. Visit for: A hands-on family day out checking out over 130 species of animals including lemurs, wallabies, snakes and meerkats. There’s also a Victorian walled garden and a large collection of unusual trees, shrubs and borders. For the website, click here.

Wallington House, Gardens and Estate

Near Cambo. Admission charge. Car parking. Dogs allowed in the grounds. Toilets. Café. Visit for: A friendly stately home packed with treasures such a pre-Raphaelite paintings and beautiful antique furniture. Explore the walled garden, rose gardens woodland and parkland. The influence of Capability Brown, born in nearby Cambo, can be seen throughout the 100 acres. For the website, click here.

Whalton Manor Gardens

Near Morpeth. Admission charge. Pre-arranged group visits only. Visit for: A beautiful English country garden of three acres. It includes a Lutyens designed summerhouse, pergolas and a vast stone paved courtyard and steps. For the website, click here.

Open Gardens

In spring and summer, private gardens are opened for charity. Take a look at the calendars to see if there’s one near you:

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Northumberland National Park Authority is the statutory Planning Authority for the area of the Northumberland National Park. View our planning pages here.