Northeast England, the birthplace of famous landscape gardener Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, is a paradise of gorgeous gardens and lovely landscapes.
Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, who was born and began his gardening career in Kirkharle, Northumberland, changed the face of 18th-century England, creating dramatic landscapes in many celebrated stately homes. He remodelled the landscape north of Alnwick Castle, creating hills to hide the castle from view until it looked most impressive to arriving visitors: an effect that can still be enjoyed.
Explore Belsay Hall’s Sicilian-inspired rock garden, and discover Wallington Hall’s hidden walled garden. Early February is the ideal time to enjoy the spectacular ‘Snowdrop Festival’ at Howick Hall, while from mid-May to mid-June, Cragside’s rhododendron display is in full and glorious bloom.
Kirkhale, Belsay and Wallington are located in northeast England, around 15 miles (24km) from Newcastle, which is 2 hours 50 minutes from London by train. Trains also run from London to Alnmouth, 4 miles (6.5km) from Alnwick and 15 miles (24km) from Cragside, in 3 hours 40 minutes.