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East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden

East Ruston, Norwich NR12 9HN, England
+44 1692 650432
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Ranked #1 of 99 Attractions in Norwich
Type: Gardens
Owner description: 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 i... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Just the best lowland garden we have visited. Garden room after garden room. Like reading 'The Secret Garden' all over again. Stunning

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Even at this time of year it's impossible to turn any corner without saying 'WOW!' The attention to detail is stunning- the hedges were in the process of being trimmed with mathematical precision during my visit. The garden is vast- I think over 30 acres in total, but is divided into so many different areas, some tiny, some larger, that... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We live fairly locally and have intended to visit for some time so a long overdue trip! It is late in the year so any garden will not look at its best but the board at the gate directs visitors to those areas of the garden which are still colourful - in verse, no less. The gardens cover a huge... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

These are quite simply the best gardens that I have ever visited. Better still this is a happy place run and staffed by happy people who clearly enjoy their work and want to be there. The passion with which these gardens have been created is almost overwhelming; and the attention to detail is both exceptional and inspirational. Every aspect of... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Could spend a whole day thete and not see everything.a gardeners delight. Maybe tea room could do more sekection and lattes

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Wonderful garden, probably one of the best I have visited. The work that has gone into this and attention to detail is amazing. It would have been useful to have been provided with a wheel chair route plan as there are several steps which proved tricky, otherwise I would thoroughly recommend visiting the gardens. I intend to return in the... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

What an amazing 'oasis' , one-and-a-half miles from the Norfolk coast, set in over 35 acres. It's difficult to believe that this garden paradise was carved out of plain farmland, a mere forty years ago - mature trees, an extraordinary 'medley' of hedges, topiary, and a maze of rampant shrubs and flowers. The proprietors are to be congratulated on their... More

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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We visited the gardens and we werent disappointed. The gardens are immaculately kept and offer such variety. There are so many different sections to see and take in. Well worth staying there the whole time it is open to just take a slow relaxing walk around. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the colours and varieties of flower, and also smelling... More

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

An interesting and well planned garden that has lots of lots of rooms. For the novice some plant names would have helped and may increase the garden centre sales. The tea room has a wide range of cakes at reasonable prices. Well worth the visit looking forward to returning in a different season.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I was aware that this garden existed over the past few years visiting Norfolk, however, I hadn't realised what a treat was in store. My husband has a mobility problem, and gardens wouldn't be his first choice of entertainment...however, four hours passed without hardly noticing, and we both thoroughly enjoyed the sense of mystery, with one surprise after another walking... More

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