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East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden

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

A must for garden lovers everywhere , very interesting lay outs and the story behind the garden is... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
east midlands
Wonderfully creative gardens

The gardens were looking tremendously colourful - a delight. Café also excellent. The Owners have... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Norwich, 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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  • Very good16%
  • Average4%
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“tea room” (78 reviews)
“every corner” (48 reviews)
“cakes” (92 reviews)
East Ruston, Norwich NR12 9HN, England
+44 1692 650432
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A must for garden lovers everywhere , very interesting lay outs and the story behind the garden is interesting too.

Thank sanford48
Reviewed 2 days ago

The gardens were looking tremendously colourful - a delight. Café also excellent. The Owners have done an amazing job in creating this wonderland of colour and features. Alan Gray was gardening and a little grumpy when asked a question but we still had a most...More

Thank PatrickTNorwich
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Went today mostly in the pouring rain and the gardens were as ever sublime. Always interesting, always something new to see. Considering that this is a private garden that the owners allow the public to see it is a fantastic effort well above the institutionalised...More

Thank Timothy S
Reviewed 4 days ago

Been many times. This time, a little disappointed. It's not cheap, but understandably. However, it all looked a little unmanaged in places. There seemed a little 'give up' attitude about the place. Major issue, the cafe. The 'interesting selection of food' was in fact some...More

1  Thank richardb0wles
Reviewed 6 days ago

I visited this garden twice this summer and will certainly visit again as the seasons change. Many unusual plants set out in differing "rooms". The cafe offers a great selection of homemade cakes - yummy!

Thank Fringilla2014
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this garden for the 4th time on a cold and rainy Sunday and it was still spectacular even at this time of the year when most things are going over. The use of huge plant pots allows them to not be limited to...More

Thank ajmh1234
Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved this garden. It has something for everyone and a surprise around every corner. The planting is imaginative and beautiful. Easily accessible with limited mobility. Tea room is good value and tasty. Opening times are limited so check!

Thank GJT
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although the garden wasn't at its best as many flowering plants were over, this is a place to visit at any time of year. There is so much to see. The garden is extensive with themed areas. Free to wander at your leisure and sit...More

1  Thank Violet250951
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Truly beautiful place to visit especially early summer this was our third visit in 10 years,the 2 guys that own it have created something special and there seem to be lots of Pussy cats roaming about, you can purchase all kinds of plants highly recommended.

Thank chris g
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were recommended to visit on the first day of opening last good Friday. We were knocked out by what we saw so much so we instantly became members. However, this was our first visit this year and it reminded us of the peace, quiet...More

Thank bloodypasswords
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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.