By Katie Shaw
23 August 2019
To celebrate experiences that bring Italy to life, here are a few of our favourite unique activities that truly take you to the heart of this beguiling country.Read more
The vast complex of formal gardens around Alnwick Castle was originally landscaped in 1750 by renowned gardener Capability Brown, and many dukes added to Alnwick Gardens, each making welcome alterations during their time in charge. By the end of the 19th century the estate boasted avenues of limes, and greenhouses filled with pineapples and other exotic fruits.
During the Second World War, the garden was handed over for the 'Dig for Victory' campaign, and successfully provided food to many; however, the austerity of the years that followed saw the garden fall into disrepair. The current Duchess of Northumberland instigated the garden's redevelopment in the 1990s, and since then it has welcomed a wide range of amazing features, such as a cascading fountain with 21 weirs, and one of the world's largest tree-houses.
Scenic rail journeys bring to life the history and wild, natural beauty of Yorkshire and Northumbria on this wonderful 7-day tour. Follow in Viking and Roman footsteps with visits to historic York, Bamburgh Castle, Lindisfarne, and Alnwick Gardens before basking in the verdant beauty of the Yorkshire Dales.… see more
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Today's magnificent walled gardens arguably exceed their 19th century grandeur. There are selections of varied displays, including the Ornamental Garden, inspired by French and Italian designs and home to 15,000 plants. There is also a Rose Garden, featuring many different colours and varieties, and the especially fascinating Poison Garden. Opened in 2005, this garden has some of the world's deadliest plants, as well as some that are illegal in many countries.