Stately Homes & Gardens
Make sure you visit North Norfolk’s two historic National Trust sites for a cultural diversion, Felbrigg Hall and Blickling Hall. The latter was home to Anne Boleyn, who allegedly still haunts the Hall.
North Norfolk also has some superb gardens, including the National Trust garden at Sheringham Park and the grounds of Felbrigg Hall and Blickling Hall. And you shouldn’t miss the beautiful East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens and Priory Maze Gardens at Sheringham.
“One of the most elegant country houses in East Anglia, the Hall is a place of surprises and delights, a mixture of opulence and homeliness where each room has something to feed the imagination. From the stained glass windows in the great hall to the nodding mandarins in the chinese bedroom; from Queen Mary’s teapot in the drawing room to the copper pans in the kitchen.
Outside, the decorative and productive walled garden is a gardener’s delight and inspiration, providing beautiful flowers for the hall, with the allotments in the walled garden providing fruit and vegetables for the community.”
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To get a deeper insight in to Blickling Estate and its history, why not join one of their tours. From history and conservation to gossip and gardening, find the best tour to suit you. All tours are free and bookable on the day, just speak to one of the visitor welcome team on arrival.
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Stunning 20 acre gardens open from April to end of October.
This location is all the more interesting when you realise that Alan Gray and his partner started with a blank canvas. From this they have created a variety of garden ‘rooms’ with lots of interesting features. A good day out from which even the expert gardener will take something. There is a good cafe and a shop from which you can get many of the plants exhibited in the garden.
This is little gem is hidden close to the Norfolk coast, close to Happisburgh. Both the formal and wildlife gardens are delights with great ideas that could be incorporated into your own garden, regardless of size.
Gardens, Plant Centre and Gift Cabin
The gardens are open 7 days a week (weather permitting) 10:00am-5:00pm. Last entry to the gardens is 4:15pm.
The design and size of the Priory Maze is based on the ruins of the adjacent Beeston Priory. Priory Maze and Gardens has one of the most natural enchanting gardens in Norfolk, where you can experience peaceful relaxation in natural gardens of woodland, water and meadow. The gardens are a haven of natural beauty providing a home for numerous birds, insects and mammals. Sit and watch the different aspects of the garden from the numerous benches, and take in the backdrop of Beeston Bump cliffs…