Gardens to Visit in Norfolk

Blickling Hall

Autumn reflections at Blickling Hall

Grand 17th-century Jacobean moated house, surrounded by immaculate formal gardens. Features include a parterre, shaped topiary yew hedges, an orangery, classic temples and a quaint little secret garden. There are many lovely walks in the surrounding parkland and grounds, which also contains a large lake, banked by many mature native trees that provide spectacular autumn reflections.

Facilities: parking, restaurant, plant sales.
Open: March to October
Address: Blickling, NR11 6NF
Tel: 01263 738030 - Owned by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk

East Ruston Old Vicarage

Hot Borders - by Northmetpit (CC0)

Coastal garden on very free draining soil and sheltered by a belt of tall trees, including Eucalyptus, Alnus cordata and Monterey pine. One of its many feature gardens represents an arid landscape inspired by the Arizona Desert, called the Desert Wash. Planting includes agaves, aloes, dasylirion, cacti, puyas, Californian poppy and a masses of other drought resistant plants, set within a grey sea of flint.

Facilities: parking, plant sales, tea gardens.
Open: Easter to October
Address: East Ruston, Norwich NR12 9HN
Tel: 01692 650432
Web: eastrustonoldvicarage.co.uk

Gooderstone Water Gardens

Astilbe 'Inshriach Pink' - by AKuptsova (CC0)

Transformed in the 70s from a wet meadow, unsuitable for farming, into an enchanting water garden. Enjoy over six acres of moisture loving plants, with streams, ponds and flowing waterways, spanned by 13 little bridges. Colourful borders backed by mature trees and shrubs, plus an eight acre nature trail with bird hides.

Facilities: parking, refreshments
Open: all year, daily
Address: Gooderstone, King's Lynn PE33 9BP
Tel: 01603 712913
Web: gooderstonewatergardens.co.uk

Houghton Hall

Ornamental Garden © Seasonal Gardening

A magnificent 18th-c. Palladian style mansion built for Britain's first prime minister, Sir Robert Walpole. The house sits within a vast acreage of traditional parkland and ornamental gardens, which are host to an impressive collection of contemporary sculptures. The walled garden has a double-sided herbaceous border and a formal rose parterre. Winner of the Christies & HHA ‘Garden of the Year Award’.

Facilities: parking, cafe, disabled access.
Open: May to September
Address: King's Lynn, Norfolk PE31 6UE
Tel: 01485 528569
Web: houghtonhall.com/

Norfolk Lavender

Lavender Distillery © Seasonal Gardening

Take a tour around East Anglia's premier lavender farm, where fields of lavender stretch across the Norfolk fens. Enjoy tea and lavender cake in the tea rooms then visit the idyllic meadow gardens.

Working lavender distillery, operates daily from July to August.

Animal farm and play area (fees apply).

Facilities: parking, shop, cafe, plant sales
Open: all year, daily - Free Entry
Address: Heacham, Norfolk PE31 7JE
Tel: 01485 570384
Web: norfolk-lavender.co.uk

Sandringham Estate

North Garden © David Dixon (CC2)

Sandringham's vast estate gardens were opened to the public by Edward VII in 1908 and comprise formal gardens, mature trees and shrubs, lakes, woodland glades and a large country park with footpaths and nature trails.

Facilities: parking, restaurant, plant sales, shop
Open: Easter to July & August to October
Address: Sandringham PE35 6EN
Tel: 01553 612908
Web: sandringhamestate.co.uk


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