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East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden

East Ruston, Norwich NR12 9HN, England
+44 1692 650432
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Amazing, magical gardens

I didn't know what to expect from East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens and to be honest, I was slightly... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2017
Norwich, United Kingdom
Beautiful gardens

First visit here and wish I had been sooner. A wonderful garden to wander through - must go back... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2017
Caroline P
Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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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
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Reviewed 7 November 2017

I didn't know what to expect from East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens and to be honest, I was slightly underwhelmed when we started our tour in September 2017. As we progressed through the different areas of the garden though, almost like walking from one room...More

1  Thank belgianreader
Reviewed 7 November 2017

First visit here and wish I had been sooner. A wonderful garden to wander through - must go back again.

Thank Caroline P
Reviewed 7 November 2017

It's like entering someone's large(very large!) garden,full of everything you've ever wanted to grow,and in abundance. For example:you want to see an hydrangea?Fine.How about a couple more? Fine. How about two hundred:all different! It's amazing . And that's just hydrangea.Add to that literally hundreds of...More

Reviewed 7 November 2017

East Ruston is an amazing garden with a huge variety of plants and interest at all times of the year. There is always something new and innovative and so worth a visit.

Thank kgray_860792
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Wonderful interesting gardens beautifully designed and tended. Especially loved the way one area was designed with a grassy path leading to an arch in the hedge which framed a church in the distance. A nice outside eating area for sunny days.

Thank 789cbo
Reviewed 7 November 2017

I would highly recommend this garden. There are various style gardens but they flow easily into one another. There is a restaurant and a small nursery area to buy plants. I will definitely be young back.

Thank Saffron263
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

I went here summer 2013, as part of an organised trip through a gardening club. It's a fantastic place, made up of many different outdoor rooms, in different gardening styles, with a nursery and coffee shop. So much love, care and passion has gone into...More

Thank Phoenix24hrs
Reviewed 3 November 2017

We wondered whether a visit would be worth it as the garden was about to close for the winter. We were so glad we went, even at the end of October there was so much colour. We loved the tropical feel to some areas, the...More

1  Thank Merkin
Reviewed 19 October 2017

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 11 October 2017 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
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Lisa F
10 December 2017|
Response from Sarah V |
hi, please give me a ring on 01692 650432 and I can help you.
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.