10 gardens to visit this June
Published: Thursday 1st Mar 2018
Written by: Georgia Dawson
Summer is the perfect time to wander, explore and discover the beautiful gardens Norfolk has to offer. Make the most of the glorious sunshine and visit one, or all ten, of the locations we have hand-picked for you. Enjoy!
1. Priory Maze and Gardens£6.50 per adult, £4.00 per child or £19.00 for a family of 2 adults + 3 childrenThis Summer, explore the 10 acres of Priory Maze and Gardens. With a variety of gardens, meadows, walks and streams, Priory Gardens is a perfect place to take the children for some Vitamin D, walk the dog through the trees and clear the mind of everyday stresses. During your visit, why not give the historic Priory Maze a try - quiz packs are also available to amuse the children.
2. Felbrigg Hall, Gardens and Estate£11.00 per adult, £5.25 per child or £27.20 for a familyFelbrigg Hall is one of the most grand country houses in East Anglia. Surrounding the magnificent building, the Walled Gardens are a masterpiece themselves. Finally, beyond the Walled Gardens lays 520 acres of land and a beautiful lake. Main visitor routes are pushchair friendly, making this day out perfect for all the family.
3. Blickling Estate£14.35 per adult, £7.20 per child or £35.95 for a familyVisit Blicking Estate this Summer. The grand Jacobean mansion is surrounded by magnificent meadows and gardens. This year, visitors can learn about the National Trust's observational work every day of the week. Grab a map and explore the Estate and Gardens this June and you will not leave disappointed.
4. Raveningham Gardens£5.00 per adult, children freeCome and visit the beautiful Raveningham Gardens this June. With the stunnnig 5,000 acres of land to explore, what a beautiful way to spend a Summer's afternoon. Raveningham Gardens opens up for the National Open Garden Scheme on Sunday 11th March too, 11:00 to 16:00. This means all entry fees and money from teas and cakes will go towards charities such as The Queen’s Nursing Institute, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Carers Trust, Hospice UK, Perennial, Parkinson’s UK and other guest charities.
5. East Runton Garden Estate£8.50 per adult, £1.00 per childVisit the exotic coastal garden of the East Runton Garden Estate. With rare, vibrant and unusual plants growing within the Garden, there is no place quite like this. Pop to the Garden for a day filled with colour, energy and life. The East Runton Garden Estate is open for the National Open Garden Scheme on Saturday 17th March and Saturday 13th October between 12:00 and 17:30.
6. The Plantation Garden£2.00 per adult, children freeThe Plantation Garden is a beautiful, hidden away garden in the heart of Norwich. The Plantation Garden is a Grade II English Heritage registered garden close to Norwich City centre, next to the Catholic Cathedral. The Garden covers 3 acres of land and includes a Gothic water fountain, stunning flower beds, a summer house, a rustic bridge, and much, much more. A beautiful place to walk your dog, or simply come to collect your thoughts after completing your shopping in the city centre, The Plantation Garden is a perfect place to visit this June.
7. Houghton Hall, Gardens and Park£18 per adult or £12 per adult (gardens and grounds only), children freeHoughton Hall has a very rich history. It was built in the 1720s for the Great Britain's first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, and was then passed down through generations. When visiting its grounds, you can visit the stunning 5 acre Walled Garden, the outdoor sculptures, St Martin's Church, The Stables and The Soldier Museum.
8. Sheringham ParkEntry freeThis June, head to Sheringham Park for a warm day out, exploring and wandering the 1,000 acres of land and woodland. You can climb to the top of the towers to experience the breathtaking views of the landscape and the North Norfolk Coast. When visiting Sheringham Park, look out for the wildlife as 3 species of deer can be seen, along with various birds and butterflies. To top it off, you may even see a steam train passing through.
9. Sandringham Estate and Gardens£16.50 per adult, £8.00 per child, or £41.00 per family of 2 adults, 3 children (house, museum and gardens), £11.00 per adult, £5.50 per child or £27.50 per family of 2 adults, 3 children (museum and gardens only)Sandringham Estate is The Queen's private estate. The Duke of Edinburgh took responsibility for the Estate at the beginning of Her Majesty's reign in 1952. Over 5,000 trees and many miles of hedges are planted each year. The House is full of history, along with the glorious Gardens and Country Park. Sandringham House is set within 24 acres of gardens, with two lakes, dotted with small islands. In 1913, a lovely summerhouse named The Nest was built for Queen Alexandra. In 1968, an area of 350 acres of The Queen's private Estate was changed to a Country Park and it has grown since then - today almost 600 acres are available for you to enjoy and explore.
10. Holkham Nature Reserve and BeachEntry freeHolkham National Nature Reserve stretches from Burnham Norton to Blakeney and covers roughly 9158 acres. This June, head to Holkham and enjoy the vast sands and beautiful landscape views. Following footpaths leading from main car parks, you will be able to explore most of the stunning area. The main section of the reserve, stretching from Wells to Holkham Bay, is intertwined by paths allowing access through the lovely woodland.