Opening Times, Ticket Prices & Places to Stay

2020 Summer Season

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

SUMMER OPENING May to September Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday 11am-4pm

WINTER OPENING October, March & April Wednesday & Saturday 12-3pm

Open any day for school and group visits, workshops & events and private hire.

Closed November to February

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

REFRESHMENT Enjoy our new range of takeaway aromatic botanical infusions, botanical hot chocolate or cold drinks available 12-3pm. Please note we do not currently have a cafe. Picnics are most welcome.

PLEASE NOTE Bring suitable footwear for a muddy lane! Winter opening – we are not open when the temperature is on or below one degree celsius; we only have partial disabled access at present; we normally have a contactless card payment machine – but please bring change to place in the drop box or pay by transfer; dogs welcome on a lead but are not to go near plant beds; we do not have a cafe; WC is open summer 2020

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.