2021 Spring Season

Open Wednesday & Saturday 12-3PM


January and February Closed

March and April Wednesday and Saturday 12-3pm. We are also open Sunday 4th April 12-3pm.

May to October Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 11am – 4pm-

November Wednesday and Saturday 12-3pm

December Christmas Open Days

Open any day for Group or School visits by appointment and for workshops, events and private hire.

Dilston Dispensary of Herbal Medicine will be open at the physic garden this summer – just come along Wednesdays 12-3pm from 5th May to 1st September 2021 to meet with NIMH affiliated medical herbalist Davina Hopkinson – the dispensary is also available online anytime – just email Davina to arrange a Phone or VideoCall.pm


Footwear Please bring suitable footwear for a muddy lane.

Workshop & Course Parking is in our Top-up Car Park only (shared with Dilston scouts; directions) – allow for an 8-min flat country walk; please do not park in the small visitor car park.

Freeze We are not open when the temperature is on or below 1 oC.

Takeaway drinks Enjoy a cup from our range of botanical infusions or hot chocolate – available outside/takeaway 12-3pm. Please note that we do not have a cafe.

Payment by contactless/ card machine, transfer or cash by dropbox – please bring change if you can.

Dogs are welcome on a lead but are not to go near plant beds.

WC is open March to October only (WC is closed November & December).

Access We only have limited disabled access at present.

NOTE: Please bring suitable footwear for a walk along a muddy lane; we are not open when the temperature is on or below 1 oC; there is currently no booking required.

Ticket Prices

  • Adults

    £6 Adults (including senior citizens)

  • Concessions

    £4 Children 5-15y, Groups of 10+, Students & Registered Unemployed

  • Children

    FREE Children under 5y

  • Season Pass

    Come along anytime during opening hours

    £15 One year Season Pass (excl. Jan-Feb when we are closed)

  • Family Season Pass

    Come along anytime during opening hours

    £35 One year Season Pass for 2 adults and 2 children (excl. Jan-Feb when we are closed)

Safety Caution

While plants in this physic garden are used medicinally, some are also poisonous, even common plants that grow in most gardens like delphinium, euphorbia, foxglove, laburnum & yew, plus others like mandrake, belladonna and poison ivy (see our Magic & Medicine Area).  Do not eat or put any in, or near, your mouth unless you have consulted a Staff member on identification and safety. The physic garden cannot be held responsible if you do.

If you are considering taking a plant medicinally always consult a registered medical herbalist and inform your healthcare provider if you are taking any medication or have any medical conditions.  You can also refer to an authoritative website, for example www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/.

Please watch your step, the physic garden ground and Herbology House floor are uneven and slippery when wet.

Places To Stay

PLACES TO STAY Visit Northumberland has places to stay including hotels, cottages & bothies. There are plenty of Air BnB places in Hexham and in wider Northumberland including Birch bothy which has herb garden.  There are a number of nearby B&Bs in Corbridge & Hexham and we can recommend Bridge House Bed & Breakfast in Hexham. You can bunker down in several Camping Barns & Hostels such as Demesne and Slackhouse Farm or see Your Northumberland for other camping, caravan sites, glamping, shepherd huts & wigwams. Shepherds Dene House accommodates groups.