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Review: Alnwick Castle

Attraction - Castles & places of worship

Alnwick, United Kingdom

Poison Garden

  • By SilverTraveller lionpops

    9 reviews

  • October 2017
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In October we hired a Hoseasons Lodge in Northumberland. This was to celebrate 30 years of marriage and visit Alnwick Poison Garden. This has been on my bucket list for a few years. We arrived early and had coffee in the rickety Charlie Bucket style house. Then went to the garden where we obtained a free timed ticket for the poison garden.
While we waited for 0930 start we chatted with our guide,you have to be escorted through. We spent 25 minutes learning about the plants to discover pretty much all of them were growing in our own garden. All but cannabis and Spice,both plants for which the garden had a license to grow, I bought a book on the garden and some of its plants much to the concern of my dear husband. We then spent the rest of the day wandering the rest of the gardens and castle including the museums. There is so much to see here that we returned for a second day. If you validate your ticket at the visitor centre on your first visit you can get unlimited access to the castle for twelve months.well worth the visit. Buy your tickets online as they are cheaper and arrive early to avoid coaches.

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  • DRSask
    almost 4 years ago
    Lovely place. We were there in May. We didn't get into the castle this time as we spent all our time in the gardens and on the woodland walk which provides a magnificent view of the castle.
  • PamWNorth
    almost 4 years ago
    The Alnwick Garden is a fascinating beautify place to visit. I am lucky enough to live close to it and I dont think I will ever sicken of visiting it. I also like the fact it is disabled friendly and staff are trained in disability awarenesss making it a welcoming venue for disabled people..

  • Lottie
    almost 4 years ago
    Lol, yes it was actually a major construction to get it to look that rickety.
  • lionpops
    almost 4 years ago
    Lottie so that’s what Charlie Buckets house was called!
    Yes we did not miss anything. Even got into the walled garden which was closed. I told a staff member I had travelled from Norfolk and he let me in and gave me free reign to wander. When I return I will book in to the Tree House Restaurant.
  • Lottie
    almost 4 years ago
    Yes, Alnwick Castle is an amazing place. Did you visit the Tree House also?