Norfolk is one of the most picturesque counties in the country with plenty to see and do for visitors of all ages. If you enjoy walking around gardens, whether you prefer formal gardens or wild areas of woodland, then Norfolk also has a good number of options and if you are booking a stay in the north then here are some of the best gardens to choose from:-
East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens
A visit to the East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens is a real treat with so much to explore. There are over 20 different gardens, from wildflower meadows to walled rose gardens and many of the gardens here include exotic and unusual plants which are a real delight to discover. There is a nursery which sells a number of the plants you can find, including the more diverse options as well as two tearooms. The Gardens have been designed with purpose to open the eyes of visitors to colour, texture and scent and with more than 30 acres to wander through; a trip here is well worth while.
Open between April and September, the gardens at Hindringham Hall have often been described as secret delight in Norfolk and they are definitely the perfect place to spend a couple of hours if you have booked accommodation in north Norfolk. The gardens here feature a walled vegetable and fruit garden, and Iris and Delphinium walk and a beautiful water garden which can be discovered through a variety of meandering pathways.
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden
Set in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, the Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is slightly further away from The Harper North Norfolk hotel but is a fantastic place to visit nonetheless. It covers 130 acres of cultivated land and is a haven for wildlife and plant species with thousands of colour plants grown here and on display all year round.
Owned by the National Trust, the Walled Garden at Felbrigg Hall and Estate is possibly the smallest of the gardens mentioned here but offers visitors the chance to see some rare species in the UK as well as some modern surprises. The garden has been carefully cultivated to offer something to see all year round and the Orangery which is also located here is home to a particularly pleasing collection of Camellias.
Alby Crafts and Gardens
A real hidden gem, the gardens at Alby cover just less than five acres of island beds and borders which are home to an array of unusual plants and shrubs. There are also four ponds, a stream, a small wood and an island to add into your exploration of these beautiful and quaint gardens. There is a tearoom here if you are in need of light refreshment and the converted buildings are home to a number of interesting local businesses.
Priory Maze and Gardens
Set within 10 acres, the gardens here have been created to consist of various themes as well as providing a natural habitat for local wildlife. There is a wildflower meadow, a winter garden, a romantic garden and a Riviera garden as well as plenty of mini beasts and bird life to discover too.