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East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden

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Address: East Ruston, Norwich NR12 9HN, England
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The garden is open from 29th March to 24th October 2015 on Wednesday,...

The garden is open from 29th March to 24th October 2015 on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays from 1pm to 5.30pm.

The gardens at East Ruston Old Vicarage are one of the most exciting surprises in the county, who would expect to find a verdant, sheltered garden in the prairie landscape that is north east Norfolk? Enter the garden and you are worlds away from the local landscape for here there are many gardens within the whole including a new Walled Garden, Rose Garden, Woodland Garden, Mediterranean Garden and a stunning Desert inspired by the landscape of Arizona. These areas are connected by magical avenues and areas of informal planting with some places allowed to be wildlife friendly which includes a stunning Corn Field that contains the corn field weeds of yesteryear and has been known to move visitors to tears. Wild Flower meadows lead down to ponds full to bursting with the sights and sounds of nature giving way to rolling lawns all enclosed by tall sheltering trees and hedges for because of its coastal situation this is an inward looking garden. But, the views out are both stunning and amusing, a port hole cut in the hedge allows tantalizing glimpses of the Happisburgh lighthouse one mile away whilst other highlights are the views of both St. Mary's churches at East Ruston and Happisburgh. Overall there is a feeling that this garden is exceedingly well designed; there is incredible use of colour, an exuberance of planting making it a very special experience, this garden has that certain je nais se quoi that is sadly lacking in most modern gardens today. There is a well equipped tea room serving delicious locally produced refreshments and a nursery selling many of the rare and unusual plants found growing in the garden.

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We enjoyed these gardens in the spring and plan to return in the summer. Lots to see and plenty of places to sit down, surprisingly large and packed with plants. The tea shop was... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We enjoyed these gardens in the spring and plan to return in the summer. Lots to see and plenty of places to sit down, surprisingly large and packed with plants. The tea shop was good value and well organised, with plenty of staff. An ideal place to take elderly visitors.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A return visit to this ever interesting garden. Plants,trees ,walks,vistas,and immense variety variety. The thought and care that has gone into this garden over the years by the owners rewards any visitor,casual amateur or expert. The friends who accompanied us on this occasion were bowled over by the degree of pleasure they experienced.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I read reviews before going and was still taken by surprise at the beauty of this garden. Lots of different styles of garden woven together and I'm sure it's possible to wander for hours, although we had to cut the visit short due to torrential rain.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fabulous Gardens the best in Norfolk, its a pity as Locals we cannot make use of the Lovely Tea rooms without having to pay an entrance fee each time, we often say it would be nice in the summer just to pop in for a cup of Tea without going into the Gardens every time. Perhaps the Ticket office could... More 

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EastRustonOldVic, Owner at East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Many of our local visitors purchase a season ticket so they can just pop in for afternoon tea or lunch when they like, with or without looking around the garden. More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We attended with my elderly parents and had a lovely time. The gardens always impress me. This was our 4th visit and we shall be returning soon. The cafe serves excellent cake :) If you like fabulous and diverse gardens, you'll love the bigger gardens :)

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a fantasmagorically beautiforous wonderland of imagination and splendour. I wish I could visit more often, garden magic conjured from the fields of Norfolk. Must visit.

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Thank TimDavison
Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

This is a garden for connoisseurs and novices alike.It is a riot of colour or a calm green oasis,you can choose your favourite section of the garden.There are plenty of places to sit and relax and take in the wonderful vistas.The restaurant is also a pleasure to visit,beautiful surroundings,delicious food and spotlessly clean.

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Thank Rosemary1913
Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

From Springtime to the Autumn these gardens are full of flowers. There is so much to see that a second visit is probably required. I never tire of walking around these wonderful gardens. It is a photographers paradise.

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Thank bebe616
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

The gardens at East Ruston are fantastic. They are privately owned and tended, so worth checking on opening times etc. before travelling, but well worth the journey. We have visited as a couple and as a family with our young and teenage children. Everyone enjoyed the visit. The emphasis is on grand landscaping and some wonderful planting schemes and there... More 

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Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

So many different areas and plenty of ideas to gain and lovely tea rooms all so you can buy plants well worth a visit

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