Dilston Physic Garden

Discover the secret power of the plants around you.  Did you know that just about every European plant species has mystery & medicine surrounding it?

Nestled above the meandering Dyvels Water in Northumberland, Dilston Physic Garden embraces the natural beauty and importance of plants.  Explore this beautiful tranquil Physic Garden and its two acre collection of over 800 European medicinal species and you can learn some exciting facts that could change your life on the way.

Signboards tell you what part of health each plant supports & how.  From the folklore and magic in the history of each plants use, to their relevance in cutting edge science & medicine today,  discover why plant are essential to keep us healthy, to boost our brain power and of vital importance as medicines worldwide.

Opening Times

WEDNESDAYS and SATURDAYS 11am – 4pm Mid-April to Mid-October

(and at any other time for groups – by appointment)

2016 opening date is currently Wednesday 6th April

Workshops, Foundation in Plant Medicine, Botanic Bliss Shop, Fresh Botanical Tea, Trailguide, Guided Physic Garden/ Botanical Medicine Group Tours available – please contact us to book.

Unearth more secrets of plants and book one of 20 inspiring day or ½ day Workshops from botanical first aid, botanical perfumery, flower essences, botanical folkloric history, plants of the gods & boosting your brain power, to mindfulness, art, poetry, writing, feng shui, & astronomy.

Discovering plants for your health with our Foundation in Plant Medicine course, could well be one of the best things you have ever done (or so we are told !).

Lots to See & Do

Watch our 2 minute video on the physic garden.  Unwind on our aromatic Chamomile Lawn.  Wander the 100 Willow Coppice (dedicated to the commonest drug available) and our Medicinal Meadow.  Follow the Labyrinth and Aroma Trail, taking a break at the AromaSeat.

Sit by the Tranquility Pool, make a wish at the Cloutie Tree. Watch the Wind Sculpture, stop by the Time Space Zone (and see medicinal botanicals from round the world & through history).
Soak up the sun at the SunDial Seat.  Browse our little shop ‘Botanic Bliss’ selling locally produced botanical lotions, potions, soaps, dried botanical teas & more.  Grow your own physic garden – purchase an unusual potted plant to take home.

Follow one of our new developing trailguides (on a subject that interests you most).

Plants & Modern Medicine

Dilston Physic Garden is a Registered Charity.

With links to the University of Newcastle in several ways, including interactions with Northeast Universities Medicinal Plant Research Group (MPRG), educational visits from North East university medical students, groups from other university departments.

As well as taking interactive educational visits from primary and secondary schools.


Our volunteers are central in caring for the plants at Dilston Physic Garden and say they experience many rewarding opportunities and in a number of different and exciting ways.
As well as keeping all of the physic garden herbs healthy and happy and harvesting them to make tea or to dry and package them, volunteers also show visitors around and answer questions.

We provide any training needed and volunteers pick up herbal tip bits, enjoy good company and the odd healthy herbal lunch!

Volunteers can be reimbursed for traveling expenses and also have the chance to join a workshop of their choice, free of charge. Just contact us to start your experience !

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What others say about us

A. Robson

“The most equisite magical garden you could find”

A. RobsonCEO
L.S., Salford

“What a fantastic find! Thank you.”

L.S., SalfordCEO
M.R., Newcastle

“A beautiful and peaceful garden and a real source of inspiration.”

M.R., Newcastle CEO
P.N, Sheffield

“Absolutely fabulous. Thank you.”

P.N, SheffieldCEO
Visitors at the Bamboo Avenue

November & December at Dilston Physic Garden

Four more workshops this year.  And we need your help – please fill in a survey! Though officially closed for the season, we are still open for group visits by appointment.  The physic garden re-opens to the public on Wednesday April 13th 2016.   SURVEY Win a free trip to Dilston Physic Garden! Newcastle University […]