Inside UK’s ‘deadliest’ garden – touching plants is banned | UK | Travel

Alnwick Gardens, which boasts the largest collection of European plants in the UK and the world’s biggest Japanese Cherry Orchard, is certainly a sight to behold, but there is one section that is a little more dangerous and requires a guide to enter.

The Poison Garden, an intriguing addition since 2005, was conceived by the Duchess of Northumberland who initiated the restoration of Alnwick Gardens in 1997.

This unique garden houses approximately 100 species of perilous, toxic and harmful plants such as hemlock, deadly nightshade, and opium poppies.

Visitors are strictly prohibited from touching, tasting, or smelling these plants.

Access to the garden is only granted under the supervision of a tour guide, with tours conducted throughout the day.

Guides educate visitors about the plants and share stories of some of the most notorious poisoning cases worldwide.

With a four-star rating on TripAdvisor, Alnwick Gardens has received rave reviews, with many highlighting the Poison Garden as a must-see.

One visitor wrote: “The garden was fabulous with something for everyone, the water features and fountains were breathtaking and a visit to the Poison Garden is a must.”

Another shared: “Seven of us had a fantastic time. The gardens were not so big as to be overwhelming. Beautifully laid out and immaculately maintained.

“The highlight of our trip was the guided tour of the Poisoned Garden. Our lady guide was funny, informative, knowledgeable, and incredibly entertaining. Good standard of food and drink in the restaurant and prices were reasonable. Excellent day out.”

And a third visitor penned: “We spent a lovely morning in the Gardens. Arrived early as our daughter particularly wanted to do the Poison Garden Tour. This was very good, with just the right amount of information about the plants in the garden, peppered with humorous anecdotes.

“We thoroughly enjoyed it. The main gardens are stunning and even though some areas have now ‘gone over’ (I imagine they are stunning in the Summer or, in the case of the huge Cherry Orchard, beautiful in April/May) there was still plenty to interest us: magnificent beech hedges/structures, pathways and lovely water features throughout.”

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