Opening Times, Ticket Prices & Places to Stay

2020 Autumn Season

MAY to OCTOBER – Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday 11am – 4 pm

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

November, March & April Wednesday and Saturday 12-3pm

There is currently no booking required.

NOTE: Please bring suitable footwear for a walk along a muddy lane!; we are not open when the temperature is on or below one oC.

Closed December to February except for Christmas Open Days on Saturday 5th, Saturday 12th & Friday 18th – call back for more info soon!

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

Herbal Dispensary The Dilston Dispensary of Herbal Medicine is open 2020 with NIMH affiliated medical herbalist Davina Hopkinson via Skype or Phone and will be back at the physic garden summer 2021.

Tea When you visit enjoy a cup from our new range of aromatic botanical infusions, botanical hot chocolate or cold drinks – available takeaway 12-3pm. Please note we do not currently have a cafe. Picnics are welcome.


FEET Bring suitable footwear for a muddy lane!

FREEZE We are not open when the temperature is on or below one oC

ACCESS We only have limited disabled access at present

PAYMENT We normally have a contactless card payment machine – but please bring change to place in the drop box or pay by transfer

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

WC is open April to October only

Ticket Prices

  • Adults

    £4 Adults (including senior citizens)

  • Concessions

    £3 Children 5-15y, Groups of 10+, Students & Registered Unemployed

  • Children

    FREE Children under 5y

  • Season Pass

    Come along anytime during opening hours:

    £10 – year Season Pass (excl. 3 months Dec-Feb when we are closed)

  • Plant People Event 21-25 August

    Please note that during this event normal physic garden admission prices do not apply – please see Plant People event listing for ticket price (note that season pass holders receive £4 off this ticket price)

  • 21st-24th August 2019 Ticket Price

    We are open Wednesday 21st – Saturday 24th of August 2019 – where admission is at a higher charge incorporating two exciting new events brought to you by TheLab – daytime Plant People : Adult £12/ Concession £7/ Family Ticket £31, and evening Cognition Boosters Adult £35.

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

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.