Bluebells at Blicking Hall

THE BEST GARDENS AND PARKS IN north norfolk

North Norfolk has an amazing collection of gardens, from higgledy-piggledy cottage gardens to tranquil water gardens and the magnificent manicured stately home gardens. All year-round there is something to see and it's worth going back at different times to discover what each new season brings. Here's our top gardens in north Norfolk.

Pensthorpe is home to three wonderful wildlife-rich gardens by award-winning designers. Explore the stunning meadow and lakeside with year-round seasonal growth. Take the day to wander around the Wildlife Habitat Garden, the innovative Wave Line Garden, structural beauty of the acclaimed Millennium Garden and the tranquil Wildflower Meadow.
Pensthorpe
East Ruston Old Vicarage is one of Norfolk's privately owned, best-kept gardens! Open for public viewing, visitors can see the love and attention that has been put into creating a collection of gardens, from exotic to woodland.
East Ruston Old Vicarage
Sandringham House, The Queen’s country residence, is set in 24 hectares of glorious gardens where every generation of the Royal Family has added something of their own, creating an incredibly fascinating garden. Take a peaceful woodland walk, see the carrstone rockeries and enjoy the splendour of the North Garden with its pleached lime avenues. 
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is tucked away in the heart of the Norfolk Broads. There are wonderful woodland walks, wildlife-rich gardens and an eclectic mix of native and cultivated plantings.
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

The Gooderstone Water Gardens, boasts six acres of gardens with a natural trout stream, waterways, four ponds, thirteen bridges, nature trails and grass paths, mature trees and shrubs. A truly tranquil setting where you feel you've really got away from it all.

Gooderstone Water Gardens
Hindringham Hall Gardens is home to one of only a few complete moats in the county! Hindringham has a walled fruit and vegetable garden, a water garden, an iris and delphinium walk, a walkwayed bog area, Victorian nut walk and wild garden. And when you're ready for a rest, you'll find a tearoom by the East Lawn.
Hindringham Hall
Mannington is a medieval moated manor house and its gardens feature around 50 varieties of trees and shrubs, and it is known for its many varieties of roses. The Contemporary Garden features shrubs and herbaceous borders, and the Heritage and Modern Rose Gardens have an amazing display of roses in areas with designs reflecting their date of origin, from the fifteenth century to the present-day.
The National Trust’s Blickling Hall has 55 acres of topiary, herbaceous borders, sweeping lawns, temple and lake. All year-round there is something to see, including the fragrant beds of the parterre and inspiring double borders, hellebores and primroses, daffodils and bluebells, azaleas and rhododendron, wisteria and peonies. There are plenty of spots to sit quietly and enjoy the view.
Blickling Hall
Priory Maze and Gardens, set within 10 acres, consists of various themed gardens, and the hedge maze, based on the ruins of the adjacent Beeston Priory. The gardens and diverse plant habitat creates a perfect habitat for a wide range of mammals, birds, and insects.
Priory Maze & Gardens

Houghton Hall Gardens & Park. The five acre, award-winning walled garden within the grounds of Houghton Hall, has become one of Houghton’s most popular attractions. In 1991, the present Lord Cholmondeley set about creating ornamental gardens within the walls of the old kitchen garden as a memorial to his grandmother, Lady Sybil Cholmondeley. The Sculpture Garden displays an impressive collection of contemporary sculptures by world renowned artists. The first to be commissioned, in 2000, was a ‘Skyspace’ by the American artist James Turrell. Since then sculptures by Richard Long, Anya Gallacio, Zhan Wang, Stephen Cox, Jeppe Hein and Rachel Whiteread and Phillip King have been added, many specifically created for a particular place in the grounds. The Houghton Estate is also renowned for its unusual herd of white fallow deer that roam in the 450 acres of parkland surrounding the Hall.

Houghton Hall & Gardens
The National Trust's Sheringham Park has nearly 1000 acres to explore. Choose a short stroll or a long walk, both of which will let you enjoy the variety of habitats the Park has to offer. There are four waymarked routes (between one to five miles), taking you through the varying habitats of the park. Coastal views, many created by landscape gardener Humphry Repton, are a feature of all the trails. Sheringham Park has a nationally important collection of rhododendrons providing a showcase of colour throughout much of the year, with May and June seeing the display coming to its peak.
National Trust Sheringham Park
The grounds around Walsingham Abbey allow you to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere surrounding the Priory ruins. You will find wildflower meadows, 18 acres of woodland and quiet river walks alongside the Stiffkey. In February, the woodland is carpeted white with an incredible impressive snowdrop display.
Snowdrops at Walsingham Abbey