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Due to the low-lying fertile ground, Norfolk has a huge variety of gardens to choose from.

An Introduction to Gardens in Norfolk

East Ruston
Hoveton Hall
Fairhaven Garden
Felbrigg Hall

Norfolk is a great place to come and see some fabulous gardens. There is a huge variety of garden to chose from, including, large gardens, formal gardens, cottage gardens, town gardens, woodland water gardens and magnificent stately home gardens. ENJOY!
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Norfolk Gardens Map Gooderstone Water Gardens Bressingham Steam and Gardens Sandringham Gardens Alby Garden Blickling Hall Fairhaven Woodland Water Garden East Ruston Old Vicarage Hoveton Hall Gardens Felbrigg Hall Sheringham Park Walsingham Abbey Norwich Plantation Garden

11 Beautiful Gardens in Norfolk

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden comprises 53 hectares (131 acres) of beautiful ancient woodland, water gardens and a private broad at South Walsham in the heart of the Norfolk Broads. The garden is renowned for its fabulous collection of candelabra primulas – the best naturalised collection in the UK – which can be seen in May. It is also well known for magnificent Autumn Colour's in late October and early November. Fairhaven also organise events throughout the year, such as jazz music. Dogs are allowed on a lead.
Fairhaven Gardens
Fairhaven Water and Woodland Garden
Big Plants
Dense undergrowth
Wooded Paths
Woodland walks
Hoveton Hall Garden
Set at the edge of the Norfolk Broads, Hoveton Hall Gardens is a delightful 15 acre garden mixing both formal and informal planting across the seasons. Beginning with the burst of early Spring bulbs, the spectacular Rhododendrons and Azaleas in May and June through to the mid-summer delights of the 'Spider Garden'. Full summer colours of Hydrangeas followed by autumn berried shrubs and leaf tints complete what is truly a garden for all seasons. Please note that this garden is now only open on certain dates.
Spider Garden Gate
Wrought Iron Spider gate at Hoveton Hall
Woodland Path
Woodland at Hoveton Hall
Woodland lake at Hoveton Hall, Norfolk
East Ruston Old Vicarage
East Ruston Old Vicarage is one of the most remarkable and enjoyable gardens in Britain. It is located quite close to the sea and well protected from the full blast of the wind by dense wind breaks, making it possible to grow remarkably tender plants. Clustering about the Arts and Crafts Vicarage, walled and hedged compartments vary strongly in mood from cool formality to explosions of colour and form. Sculptures, lavishly planted pots and finely detailed walls and gates also play their decorative part.
East Ruston Gardens
East Ruston Gardens
Entrance Gates
East Ruston garden entrance courtyard
Path Arches
Garden arches
Alby Garden
Along the main road from Aylsham to Cromer, you will find this lovely art and craft centre, surrounded by over four acres of ponds and gardens. The converted brick and flints farm buildings are home to a collection of working studios, shops and a gallery. There is also a tea-room and timbered gallery above. The centre is surrounded by beautiful gardens, planted in 1987, including island beds, borders, ponds, streams and wild areas, with specimen trees set in grass.
Alby Gardens
Alby Crafts and Garden
Garden Paths
The main lawn
Sandringham Gardens
Sandringham House is set in 60 acres of beautiful gardens. Sandringham's gardens were first opened to the public by King Edward VII in 1908 and since then we have been able to share with the Royals, their woodland walks, carrstone rockeries, statues, lime avenues and a lovely stream walk. All of these features of the garden have been created by various generations of the Royal family.
Sandringham House View
The view of Sandringham House over the lake from the gardens
Sandringham Gardens and Lake
The Gardens and Lake
Sandringham Garden Budha
Budha Statue in the Gardens
Sheringham Park
Sheringham Park is one of the finest examples of Humphry Repton's garden designs (now owned by the National Trust). There are miles of fabulous scenic countryside paths, with gazebos and viewing towers offering fantastic coastal vistas. There is a fabulous display of rhododendrons and azaleas in late spring, but all year round you can see mature woodlands, with rare trees and shrubs. There is a visitors centre and shop (open seasonal). Dogs are allowed on a lead.
Sheringham Country Park
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Sheringham Garden
Rhododendrons in flower at Sheringham Park
Woodland Walks
Wooded Trails lead off in all directions!
Walsingham Priory Gardens
In Little Walsingham are the Priory Gardens. Dominating the site, is the impressive, twin turreted 13th century arch, that would have housed the great east window of the priory church. The priory grounds are beautifully maintained, and in Spring the woodland setting is bursting with flowers, including bluebells, daffodils and brilliant white snowdrops. Walking along the footpath beside the River Stiffkey, a narrow stone bridge can be found and this was built as an access road for pack horses. In the garden area, you will also find two healing wells where the sick were brought in medieval times.
Priory Great Arch
Priory Great Arch and East Window
Well Garden
The Well Garden, healing the sick
Pack Horse Bridge
Pack Horse Bridge over the River Stiffkey
Gooderstone Water Gardens
Gooderstone Water Gardens is beautiful gardens set among ponds and streams, situated near Swaffham in Mid-Norfolk. Visitors are offered a stroll along paths and over bridges that take them on a journey through an enchanting garden where they can experience beautiful views, nature and wildlife, plus homemade cakes in the tea-rooms! The garden planting contains many native trees and shrubs, a bamboo grove, plus a kingfisher bird hide, a summer house and a rustic roundhouse. Dogs are allowed on a lead.
Gooderstone Water Gardens
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The Roundhouse in the middle of the garden
Garden Bench
Visitors enjoying the views from one of the garden benches
Felbrigg Hall, near Cromer
Not far from Cromer is Felbrigg Hall, one of the finest 17th-century country houses in East Anglia and owned by the National Trust. The beautifull walled garden contains an abundance of flowers, fruit, vegetables and herbs. The colourful borders contain a mixture of various shrubs, herbaceous plants and perennials. There is also plenty of parkland, a lake and woodland walks to explore.
Felbrigg Hall
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Herbaceous Borders
Herbaceous Borders in the Walled Garden
Kenyan Proverb
Garden 'Kenyan Proverb' Sign
Norwich Plantation Garden
The Planation Garden is a secret Victorian garden, hidden away next to the Catholic Cathedral on the edge of Norwich city centre. The garden is nearly 3 acres in size, arranged in a giant 'U' shape and features include a gothic fountain, flower beds, a Parterre contained in a lawn, an Italian terrace, ‘medieval’ wall, rustic summer-house, woodland walkways and a rustic bridge. It is a haven of peace and tranquility and a glimpse into a bygone age, located in the centre of Norwich.
Norwich Plantation Garden
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Garden Ferns
Various ferns and shrubs at the edge of the garden
Gothic Alcove
Gothic Alcove Ruins, built from photographs in 2007
Bressingham Steam and Gardens, near Diss
The unique Bressingham Gardens are renowned worldwide for their horticultural excellence. Privately owned by the Bloom family, Adrian Bloom and his father Alan have each created a six acre garden, the Dell and Foggy Bottom. Together with four linking gardens, there are now 8,000 species and varieties on display in 17 acres.
Bressingham Steam and Gardens
The Garden Line at Bressingham Steam and Gardens
Bressingham House
A house in the gardens at Bressingham
Summer Flowers
Summer flowers in the gardens at Bressingham

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