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East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden

East Ruston, Norwich NR12 9HN, England
+44 1692 650432
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Beautiful garden

We visited this glorious garden full of colour and wonderful perfumes in August it is definitely... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Lowestoft, United Kingdom

We were blown away by these fabulous gardens a wow around every corner we did not no what to expect... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
veronica e
King's Lynn, 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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“tea room” (75 reviews)
“cakes” (92 reviews)
“every corner” (44 reviews)
East Ruston, Norwich NR12 9HN, England
+44 1692 650432
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited this glorious garden full of colour and wonderful perfumes in August it is definitely worth the entrance fee, I suggest you purchase the guide we didn't until half way round and realised we were missing areas or download the plan from home before...More

Thank Collier1956
Reviewed 4 days ago

We were blown away by these fabulous gardens a wow around every corner we did not no what to expect but they far exceeded anything we imagined.A wonderful day.

Thank veronica e
Reviewed 1 week ago

These gardens are a must visit!!was blown away ..thankyou for sharing them with the public ...my favourite gardens in the UK ....& I've been to a few ...

1  Thank ruth6892016
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were bought the tickets for a Christmas present for the visit to take place in July. Unfortunately the day we were supposed to go was the day of the rain and thunderstorms, so the day before I telephoned to ask if it could be...More

1  Thank LynnJ169
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is probably the best garden of its type we have visited The range of plans and types of gardens are something to see,from dry garden to wild flower meadow. It is open some afternoons so do check time. The tea shop I can recommend...More

Thank Berlin377
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Gardens were well worth our 5 hour drive to visit, even though it isn't that well sign-posted (need a larger sign on the road). There's plenty of parking & toilets at the entrance to the Gardens. We had tea in the lovely cafe before...More

Thank WelshNZers
Reviewed 1 week ago

You need plenty of time to fully appreciate this unusual, very large garden. Highly recommended. They are still developing parts of the site so a second visit will mean new things to see as well as different seasons offering differences. Good tea shop as well...More

Thank David R
Reviewed 1 week ago

They have worked and are still working on this garden. It is lovely to walk around. Also the cafe is good.

Thank jeanstclair
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited the gardens on a beautiful sunny day with family. There is plenty of parking and the admission price is good. First stop was for coffee and cake in the lovely tea rooms. The walk around the gardens was amazing, so many different paths...More

Thank jillheinrich
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A truly wonderful garden to visit, at each turn there is something else to admire you can stroll to your hearts content, lots of seating areas and amazing cakes if you need a break.

Thank tilburyc
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Questions & Answers
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
6 September 2016|
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Response from Tummypocket | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I didn't see this until now. Yes, assistance dogs are welcome.