Gardens to Visit in Suffolk

Euston Hall

Front Driveway © Stephen Richards (CC2)

Landscaped parkland developed in 18th-c by William Kent with later updates by Capability Brown. Also exemplary formal gardens with terraces ornamented by planted urns and a stone balustrade. A charming summer house sits among impressive mixed formal borders. The extensive parkland provides views out to a domed temple in the distance.

Facilities: parking, tea rooms
Open: June to September
Address: Euston, Thetford IP24 2QW
Tel: 01842 766366
Web: eustonhall.co.uk

Helmingham Hall

Knot Gardens © Jez Norgan (CC2)

Impressive moated manor house with lovely Grade 1 Listed gardens. The house looks over a vast dear park with long avenues of oak trees. Near the house is an ornamental walled kitchen garden and a box-edged parterre surrounded by borders of musk roses and lavender, under-planted with bulbs and herbaceous plants. Be sure to visit the fine herb and knot gardens hedged in clipped yew (shown above).

Facilities: parking, tea rooms
Open: May to September
Address: Helmingham, Stowmarket IP14 6EF
Tel: 01473 890799
Web: helmingham.com

Ickworth House

Ickworth's Famous Rotunda by Pixabay (CC0)

Magnificent stately home surrounded by Capability Brown landscaped parkland. There's plenty to see and explore, including the famous curved herbaceous borders, sweeping lawns, fine yew tree avenues and a formal Italianate garden. Many of the trees and evergreen shrubs planted here during the 19th-c have grown into quite impressive specimens.

Facilities: parking, café, restaurant, shop
Open: March to November
Address: Horringer, Suffolk IP29 5QE
Tel: 01284 735270 - Run by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk

Melford Hall

© National Trust Images/Rupert Truman

Fine stately home with exquisite formal gardens. The highlight of which is an unusual octagonal brick built pavilion. Within the gardens are deep curving herbaceous borders, punctuated by many fine mature trees. A lovely little herb parterre is divided by low clipped hedges and filled with old favourites such as germander, lavender, rue and sage.

Facilities: parking, tea room, shop
Open: April to October
Address: Long Melford, Sudbury CO10 9AA
Tel: 01787 379228 - Run by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk

Somerleyton Hall

Yew Maze by EMY (CC0)

Victorian country house with notable pleasure gardens, walled gardens and a fine yew maze. Among its many treasures are a fabulous long double herbaceous border, a kitchen garden and a fine Victorian parterre filled with old fashioned roses. There is also an impressive winter garden a long Wisteria archway and an ancient avenue of limes.

Facilities: parking
Open: April to September
Address: Lovingland, Suffolk NR32 5QQ
Tel: 0871 222 4244
Web: somerleyton.co.uk


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