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East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden

East Ruston, Norwich NR12 9HN, England
+44 1692 650432
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Unecspected Glory

An absolutely charming place to spend a pleasant afternoon. Beautifully kept with lots of attention... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Charlotte H
Norwich, United Kingdom
Wonderful creation

I was struck by the variety of plants. 32 acres of interest and no two areas the same. Well kept... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
South East England
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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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East Ruston, Norwich NR12 9HN, England
+44 1692 650432
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Reviewed 4 days ago

An absolutely charming place to spend a pleasant afternoon. Beautifully kept with lots of attention to detail. Very nice cafeteria with home made cakes. Can't wait for next year to explore again!

Thank Charlotte H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was struck by the variety of plants. 32 acres of interest and no two areas the same. Well kept and a delight to wander around.

Thank Conqueror17
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As many others would say there is so much to see. Long walks though many types of gardens with huge range of plants in some micro climates. If you think about how the gardens were created and designed is amazing. Very good value for a...More

Thank alanbiss125
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took elderly mother in law with us in the height of spring. The gardens were brimming with colour. The tulip planters and beds were stunning. Very accessible with gardens divided up and themed. Beautiful old hot house and plenty of seating dotted around so that...More

Thank rebeccajanebales
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really worth a visit, there is so much to see and look a you will not know what to do first, we found ourselves looking at the gardens we were not making a plan of where were going so we got lost a couple of...More

Thank _wrighty_isa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent a marvellous summer afternoon in the Old Vicarage Garden. It is truly beautiful. So many interesting flowers and shrubs and long walks around the garden. A stunning grass snake slid gracefully into the pond as we approached. Everything seemed utterly peaceful.

Thank LornaAllies
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely gardens. Well worth a visit . Went with family members then stopped at restaurant on way home.

Thank 37blossom1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is such a beautiful place for a great visit. The gardens are amazing we had a wonderful time.The variety of plants and flowers is quite remarkable as is the striking water feature,will visit again

Thank lesley1248
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a truly astonishing garden. We had spent the previous four weeks looking at gardens in Europe and in England and then we came here and immediately recognized subtle references to everything we had seen previously. But this is not a slavish copy of...More

1  Thank 22,007
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this is a beautiful garden with lots of different areas of interest. well worth 3-4 hours. known for its tulips in late spring.

Thank gerbilsontour
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8 May 2017|
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Response from EastRustonOldVic | Property representative |
Hello, It should not restrict your enjoyment of the garden. The garden is about 95% accessible by wheelchair.
13 April 2017|
Response from pat w | Reviewed this property |
Hi. open Bank Holiday 1-5,30pm