This week, Quingo Scooters are heading to Alnwick, Northumberland as part of our Accessible Attractions series. Alnwick Garden, a complex of former gardens for Alnwick Castle, offers a fun and exciting day out. This day is a must for any lovers of nature and adventure!
Situated in the heart of Northumberland and north of Newcastle, the revived gardens offer entertainment for the whole family. The Duchess of Northumberland’s vision for a forgotten plot has been transformed into a magical experience full of enchantment and imagination. Home to one of the largest wooden tree houses in the world and a poisonous garden, there’s plenty to do at Alnwick Garden.
The Alnwick Garden is home to one of the most innovative gardens in Britain. As well as displaying seasonal flowers and plants in its impressive grounds, guests can also explore treetop pathways and see magnificent water features throughout. There are also activities for all to enjoy throughout the park.
- A Garden of Fairytales: Inspired by the Grimm fairytales, this interactive experience invites guest to save Beauty from the garden’s Evil Queen. Solving clues along the way, guest travel along a magical journey, in which benches sing, frog princes talk and magic mirrors guide your way. Live actors play fairytale characters and direct guests on their quest. This experience is magical for the whole family.
- Christmas At Alnwick Garden: Beginning in late November, Christmas starts to arrive at Alnwick Garden. Throughout the end of November and December, you can expect to see many Christmas treats. From Christmas Markets and ice skating, to disco party nights and mixology courses, there’s something here for everyone. Different activities are available most days and more information can be found here.
- The Treehouse Restaurant: With a gradually sloping pathway up to the entrance, this offers a unique dining experience for the whole family to enjoy. With wooden pathways, twinkling lights and a log fire, it’s a magical experience situated in the trees of Alnwick Garden. Showcasing local produce, the menu always has seasonal delights. Here you can enjoy The Duchess of Northumberland’s own “Deadly Jane” range of cocktails, a fine selection of wine and beer, and regular live music.
Opening Times and Entry
The Alnwick Gardens are open daily, excluding 25 December. Opening times vary by season. The summer opening times are 10am-4pm (31 March-31 October). The winter opening times change more frequently due to seasonal festivities and can be found here. Ticket prices vary, with carers obtaining free entry.
The Alnwick Garden is just off the A1 in the heart of Northumberland. It is easily accessible by car, train and bus. If you are travelling by car, the route is well signposted and the main car park is off Denwick Lane. There is free blue badge parking provided. Buses connect the gardens to Newcastle and surrounding towns. If you are travelling by train, the Alnmouth stop is 4 miles away from the Alnwick Garden, with connecting buses and taxis available from here. More information can be found here.
Alnwick Garden has smooth, solid surfaces, with wheelchair accessible routes throughout. There are pathways to all areas of this garden, including the rope bridges, treehouse and waterfall. Alternative routes have been created, with slopes and gradual inclines being used as a replacement to stairs. Lifts are also available. There are fully accessible toilets throughout the gardens, as well as seating provided all through the gardens. Before you visit, you can get support for your trip through speaking to a member of staff at 01665 511350 and choosing option 1. More information about Alnwick Garden’s accessibility can be found here.
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