Dilston Physic Garden
Dilston Physic Garden
4.5
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Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Recognised for our expertise in plant medicine and our scientific research, Dilston Physic Garden is a 2-acre oasis of natural habitat featuring 700 European medicinal species, each accompanied by signboards with their up-to-date medicinal properties and mechanisms of action, all rooted in rigorous scientific evidence. Dilston is not just a botanical garden to visit, but a living physic garden. As a charity we are devoted to educating on the scientific research into, and the therapeutic use of, medicinal plants for health, medicine, and mental well-being. Dilston is truly a garden for mind, body, and spirit. The organic garden design provides a tranquil space for relaxation and inspiration. As you embark on your journey of botanical discovery, wander the meadow and labyrinth, relax on our chamomile lawn and clear your mind in the meditation hut. The whole garden is lovingly cared for by volunteers.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Alison H
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Lovely quirky garden. There was a lot of information on the various plants and some lovely ornaments and sculptures dotted around. It was peaceful, had plenty of seating to just sit or eat a packed lunch. All ages would enjoy this garden, including children. Drinks are available in the shop there. Very friendly lady serving in the shop
Written May 2, 2024
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traveller1648
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
What a truly amazing place. Let's assume that you are interested in the usage of plants in medicine.

This really is the Holy Grail of plant medicine. . Every conceivable British plant with a clear notice showing its name, it's medical properties, specific research using it and the plant in folklore.

The garden is huge.. The plants are arranged in types with similar plants growing together. They fill the garden and are the only focus (in many gardens they are an aside). Took us 2 hours leisurely exploring and then we had to leave as they were closing.

Don't miss this
Written August 3, 2023
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Ouzoman2
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Been meaning to go to the Physic Garden for years and eventually made it. Situated just off the A695 between Corbridge and Hexham. Small car park on your left as you turn off the road, then about 250yd walk partially uphill to the garden. Don't expect landscaped gardens, this is quite haphazard but so informative. There is a small shop just inside the entrance where you can buy a good range of herb related items, also you can grab a tea/coffee and small snack if you want.
The garden is set out in different zones and all the plants are named and have information about their usage, how they were used in folklore etc. Lots of opportunity to sit down and relax. There is a WC on site and plants can be bought at a reasonable price. A nice place to chill out and increase your knowledge about herbs and there usage.
Written July 31, 2023
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Vista's Ideata
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Dilston Physics Garden,Corbridge,Northumberland.

Today I took advantage of using my travel pass and boarded the number 10 bus from Newcastle to Corbridge.It is a pleasant route through some lovely little hamlets on route to Dilston Physics Garden.
There is a short walk from the main road to the bottom entrance and leading to a track upto the main entrance. There was an instant feeling of being out in a rural area,it was the welcome sound of birds and the powerful smell of nature, (it rained the evening before).
Once through the main entrance I was amazed at how green and healthy the surrounds had become since my last visit in April.
Everything had blossomed into an array of textures,shapes,heights and aroma of smells.It was magical and heartwarming.
Walking the paths allows a visitor to unwind and connect with nature,and almost revert back to childhood: remember that aimless meander around fields,parks,gardens?- then this visit was all of those emotional responses.
If a visitor looks carefully,they will see a range of insects,butterflies and they will be able to hear the pleasant buzz,flap and sounds of tiny visitors hunting for pollen.
The area which grows herbs for tea was magnificent today.
There was a group of Dilston students harvesting herbs,working happily under the instruction of Jude (Dilston Physics Garden).
Today was a practical session in harvesting sustainability, when and how to cut.There is a new shed dedicated to drying the herbs for later use in herbal drinks.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable,enlightened visit......the sun was out and so were the visitors.
On site there are toilet facilities,Areas dedicated to children and curious exploration,picnic areas,open spaces,enclosed spaces and a lovely little shop full products grown and made on site.
Entrance fee is a small amount- worth every penny towards supporting the Gardens.
Well done to the staff of Dilston Physics Gardens.
And to all visitors, do write a review on your thoughts...it is interesting reading how others have experienced being in nature.
Written July 13, 2023
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Bruce Horton
Sittingbourne, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The variety of plants and the depth of information displayed made for a fascinating visit, even in the middle of a wet Wednesday morning in November. Will dfinitely be returning in summer
Written November 3, 2022
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P A
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This was a fascinating visit to a lovely, quirky and somewhat eccentric garden. It's full of all sorts of interesting plants, and chock full of information about them. For anyone interested in plants, in growing or using herbs, in the medicinal usages of herbs, or the folklore of herbs, a visit here is a must. As indeed it is for anyone who just likes the scents and the look of flowers and plants, not to mention bees and butterflies. All sorts of curiosities dotted around, many of which are interesting in themselves. There's obviously been a lot of work and care and love gone into the creation of this garden, and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Dog friendly as well, which is another big plus. Well done to its creators and its volunteers.
Written October 4, 2022
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tallvisitor93
Norwich, UK15 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
We visited expecting an interesting garden, instead what we got was a very sad place that needs lots of attention. It is very alternative, which is ok if you like that sort of thing. There was also lots of stuff left all over the place, part of the alternative vibe we assumed. Left us cold. The signage was also very overwhelming and spoiled the visual appeal.
Written September 19, 2022
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Zoe F
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
We had such a lovely time at the physical garden and spent much longer than we expected to as there was so much to explore. The garden was very pretty and interesting and we liked learning about the properties and histories of the plants but it was also just nice to look at! All the flowers attracted lots of beautiful butterflies as well!

The garden is well thought out with lots of little focused sections. There are lots of places to sit all around the garden and we loved all the sculptures and ornaments.
I can see some people weren’t keen on the little ornaments and toys for children but we thought this was really fun and a lot of effort had been put into making all parts of the garden interesting for kids. There is even a swing and croquet pitch.

We will definitely be back and might bring lunch with us next time so we can spend even longer there.
Written August 5, 2022
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Bertie88
N. England25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Dilston is small. You can see it all in 15 minutes if you just walk round. The trick is to go in the sunshine and sit down and absorb the atmosphere.
That being said, this is a physic garden, so much of what they grow there is for research purposes.
There is an enormous amount of furniture of various sorts there: sculptures and such, which to my mind distract from the plants. But I suppose thats the modern way.
Plenty of places to site down, and there are things on sale in the hut. Opening times are sparse so consult the website.
Written July 8, 2022
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Michelle T
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
A beautiful tranquill garden filled with amazing scents from the herbal plants, so calming and lots of hidden corners to sit and relax. There are lovely sculptures and artworks dotted around. There is a herbalist to advice on the remedies for sale in the little shop.Our dog was welcome too, i could have spent all day there! I will definitely be back.
Written June 13, 2022
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