Welcome to Howick Hall

The ancestral seat of the Earls Grey

Howick Hall Gardens & Arboretum, the ancestral seat of the Earls Grey since 1319. Discover the history of the 2nd Earl, after whom the famous tea is named, wander through the beautiful gardens created by the 5th Earl Grey and his family or for the more energetic explore the arboretum a united nations of shrubs and trees covering over 65 acres. Take a rest from exploring in the Earl Grey Tea House for a bite to eat and a cup of Earl Grey Tea.

Painting of Earl Grey

Where the story is told about how these beautiful gardens evolved

There’s always something new to see

A United Nations of trees & shrubs

A treat exclusively for visitors to the garden

What’s On @ Howick Hall

Beautiful Gardens, Woodland Walks…

a Prime Minister and a Famous Cup of Tea

Howick Hall Gardens

The Gardens

Always something new to see

The Gardens are best known for their spring bulbs and the Woodland Garden; there are also summer borders and a rockery specialising in summer plants. In addition the wild bog garden around a pond is at its peak in high summer.

The Arboretum

A United Nations of trees and shrubs

It is divided into two sections, the West Arboretum, which is the smaller and adjacent to the gardens, and The East Arboretum, which is much larger and not suitable for wheelchairs, being too hilly.

Howick Hall Arboretum
Howick Hall Visitor Centre

Visitor Centre

The history of the Hall, Gardens and Grey Family

The exhibition tells the story of how the gardens and arboretum have gently evolved through generations of passionate gardeners and plantsmen. In addition the displays include some fascinating history about family members and their contribution to the gardens. Also interesting facts about unusual trees and plants growing at Howick, including tales from plant hunting expeditions abroad.

There’s always time for tea!

The Earl Grey Tea House

Enjoy a cup of Earl Grey tea in our elegant Earl Grey Tea House under the watchful gaze of Earl Grey himself. The Teahouse is open whenever the gardens are, exclusively for visitors to Howick Hall. The Earl Grey Teahouse offers a full range of teas and hot coffee. As well as cakes, scones and the infamous Earl Grey tealoaf. Light lunches are served daily, together with a specials boards. Which offer dishes in addition to that offerd from the standard menu. All of which are served to you by our friendly staff.