On this page you will find information about the William Turner Garden, which is located in the formal gardens of Carlisle Park in Morpeth.
Born in Morpeth in around 1508, William Turner is known as the ‘father of English botany.’ He was the very first person to record, in English, the names and medicinal uses of plants in his three-part Herbal. The gardens contain plants Turner found during his travels in Europe.
The gardens feature elements of a 16th century Tudor garden, a knot garden and a viewing mound. Medicinal plants are housed in the physic beds, which were used to treat illnesses and ailments. The knot garden is more formal, with interwoven box hedges and ornamental yew trees.
The Woodland Bank, in keeping with the Tudor tradition of gazing down on a garden, provides the perfect viewing area for the garden.
Click here to read more in the William Turner Garden leaflet (pdf).
Morpeth bus station and train station are both within a 15 minute walk of the William Turner Garden.
Bus services stop outside the formal gardens at Castle Square. Check the Traveline website for more information.
Car parking is available throughout Morpeth, There is no parking in the William Turner Garden or Carlisle Park. However, a drop off point can be arranged for visitors with special needs. Ring the park office on 01670 623 509 for more information.
The William Turner Garden is wheelchair accessible.
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