Northumberland attraction welcomes seven millionth visitor in two decades

A much-loved Northumberland attraction has welcomed its seven millionth visitor through the door.

Alnwick Garden, which won three gold medals at this year’s North East Tourism Awards, has welcomed visitors from around the world since it opened in 2001. And one of Aberdeen’s unsuspecting Whitehead families was lucky number 7 (million) on Thursday, August 4.

The family received a certificate, free afternoon tea and some other goodies, before exploring the 12-acre garden created by the Duchess of Northumberland.

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Ian McAllister, head of marketing at Alnwick Garden, said: “We looked forward to the whole day on Thursday as we knew we were closing in on lucky number 7 so when the Whiteheads scanned their entry ticket and we realized it was them, we were thrilled to tell them the big news!

“We presented them with a certificate, complimentary afternoon tea, branded artwork and a bottle of our newly distilled – and limited edition – Gents Gin, created by our amazing Gentlemen Gardeners. Bottle number 7 of course! “

Alnwick Garden has become one of Northumberland’s most beloved attractions over the past two decades

In recent years, publications around the world have taken particular interest in Alnwick’s Poison Garden, which has been dubbed “the world’s most dangerous garden” and is home to more than 100 deadly, intoxicating and narcotic plants. Alnwick Garden is also home to the largest collection of cherry blossoms in the world, with Tai Haku Orchard rivaling the parks of Tokyo and Kyoto in the spring.

The Garden team hopes the rest of the year will be a success, with work continuing on the opening of the world’s largest play structure, Lildorei; the reception of Mr Gay England and Mr Gay Europe by the Grand Cascade, and a series of events throughout the year.

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Keith P. Plain