Hidden Gems – Anyone for tea?
Howick Hall in Northumberland is the home of the Grey family who have lived here since 1329. It was here that the 2nd Earl Grey who was the Prime Minister of Britain in 1830 till 1834 retired after his political career. It was his government that abolished slavery in the British Empire. The famous Earl Grey Tea was blended in his honour. Unfortunately he didn’t copyright the name and the family never received any royalties from Twinnings who marketed the blend. This is a popular destination for many visitors and it has something to offer for all the family during your holiday in Northumberland. Opening times vary according to the time of year and the gardens are closed during the winter. Please check the Howick Hall website before visiting.
Howich Hall is a grade II listed building that is open to the public together with the very fine gardens and arboretum. The gardens extend over many acres and are a plant lover’s delight. As well as formal plantings, there are areas that are large areas dedicated to wildflower meadows and conservation. The gardens are the work of the 5th Earl Grey and his wife and have been awarded many accolades including “Garden of the Year” in 2009. Within the house you will also find a very good tea room and shop.
No holiday in Northumberland would be complete without a visit to this beautiful house and gardens. This is a great day out for all the family and well worth a visit. There are plenty of parking facilities and the house and grounds contain a wealth of fascinating features and facilities.
There are a number of properties in the area that offer self catering in Howick, the nearest being in the village of Howick itself. This is a popular destination for visitors to Northumberland and is easily accessible by road. Properties that provide self catering in Howick and the surrounding villages are usually in high demand during the peak holiday season so please book well in advance of your holiday in Northumberland.
For further details visit http://www.howickhallgardens.org