The Formal Garden

Visitors walk in the formal garden

Laid out in three terraces, the Formal Garden covers over three acres and is an idyllic, colourful spot to take in views of Northumberland. In the Formal Garden you'll find the Orchard House, Italian Terrace, and summer carpet bedding display.

The Orchard House

One of the largest surviving glasshouses dating from the 1870s, the building has three sections and was built to provide shelter from the Northumberland climate for the cultivation of hardy and tender fruits. Today, there are Armstrong's original earthenware pots on display, producing fruits including figs and pears.

The Italian Terrace

The Italian Terrace is the centrepiece of the lowest level of the Formal Garden. The Loggia is a cast-iron structure, typical of Armstrong's innovations, combining familiar forms and material with a glass roof and sides and an open front.

What to look out for in the formal garden in winter?

As the trees and bushes lose their leaves, magnificent views of Rothbury and Simonside are unveiled in the formal garden. It's an ideal spot to reflect and relax. The formal garden and wildlife hide are also great places to spot winter wildlife. Plus, look out for the resident robin who likes to hang around near the holly bushes.