A public garden in Northumberland has been named as one of the best to visit in the UK, just in time to watch the seasons change.

If you’re looking for a place to stroll around as the leaves change colour this autumn whilst admiring picturesque outdoor views or sitting down for a cosy afternoon tea as the air becomes crisp, Alnwick Garden could be the place.

The North East attraction was ranked in sixth place in the ‘UK's most popular public park and picnic spot’ list according to research by price comparison site Idealo.

The experts analysed Instagram hashtags and Google search volumes to reveal the most popular gardens around the UK, helping nature enthusiasts plan the perfect day trip. 

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Alnwick Garden named among the UK's best public gardens to visit this autumn

Idealo said: “Coming in sixth is Alnwick Garden in Northumberland, which sees 33,100 Google searches per month and over 34,400 tagged Instagram posts.

“The garden sits beside Alnwick Castle, and promises a fun day out for the whole family. Its Poison Garden is perhaps the most tantalising feature of all, housing 100 species of dangerous and toxic plants that are only available to admire through a carefully guided tour.

“Plus, kids are in for a treat with the garden’s brand new playground Lilidorei, which is home to the biggest play structure in the world.”


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On Tripadvisor, Alnwick Garden has a current rating of 4/5 out of 5,036 reviews.

One visitor said: “Gardens look great in early autumn. Lots of green. Amazing topiary. Fruit on the crab apples displays. Winding path through the fruit trees that are just starting to turn red and bronze. And the water features of course. Good coffee. Great day out. Also fun on the crazy golf, as always.”

This couple who were treated to a day out wrote: “We were given a “behind the scenes tour” and Afternoon Tea as a gift from our son and daughter in law.

“We had a really good day enjoying it all. I must mention Dean who was our personal guide. What a lovely man, full of knowledge about the Pump Room and the Poison Garden. We learnt so much ! Thank you Dean.

“Our afternoon tea was really lovely.”

Top 10 public gardens to visit in the UK

From The Eden Project to the Lost Gardens of Heligan, here is a map showing the best public gardens to visit in the UK:

Kew Gardens is crowned the most popular public garden in the UK, attracting over 200,000 Google searches each month and nearly 744,000 Instagram posts tagged #KewGardens.

Located just 30 minutes from central London, Kew is known for housing one of the most diverse botanical collections in the world, boasting over 50,000 living plants.

To find out more about the UK’s most popular gardens, you can read the full research on the Idealo website.