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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 91 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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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Any visit to the north-east Norfolk coast, cannot be complete without a visit to East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens. Just a mile and a half from the coast, these beautiful gardens are a superb example of creative garden design and innovative planting schemes. The borders, planters, pots and fields are full of rare and unusual plants amongst some classical English... More

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Stevenage England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

30 acres of gardens created over 21 years in the grounds of a loveley Arts & Crafts house. Work is continuing as you can imagine but allow yourself many hours to do it justice. You will probably need to buy the guide book in order to map your way around - there is so much to see. The vistas which... More

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Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We spent a lovely afternoon in these beautiful gardens. The weather wasn't brilliant, being very overcast, but that meant that there weren't as many people as there might have been on a sunny day. We were impressed with the number of seats and benches all around the garden, some inside buildings or conservatories, which gave an opportunity to sit down,... More

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We saw these gardens, featured on Gardeners' World some while ago; we weren't disappointed! Good parking area. 32 acres of beautiful gardens to walk round. Worth checking opening times before you visit, as they do host private functions occasionally. Would love to go back sometime, when is the sun is shining.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I've visited twice now, last autumn and the beginning of this Summer. If you can go on a sunny day - do! everything is just that bit more beautiful. Scented roses welcome you (after the very friendly car park attendant!) and from there on in there are some lovely sights to discover. I'm in my 30's but was the youngest... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

In the Pavilion at East Ruston there is an aerial photograph of the Old Vicarage Gardens revealing it as an oasis of rich plant diversity in a virtual desert of agricultural monocultural monotony. In a rather remote part of Norfolk it’s an oasis that may elude the traveller. Going there in early July following a sat nav plotted cross country... More

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We visited the gardens in June with some friends who have an annual ticket. The gardens are fantastic and so beautifully kept. The gardens are so well thought out particularly when you look down a path through a gate and see a local church in the distance or through a hole in a hedge to see the lighthouse. What I... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Fabulous gardens with numerous "rooms" to discover. A great day out in beautiful surroundings. They had roses which were perfumed - such a treat

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Norwich
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This was our second visit having 'discovered' these beautiful gardens last year. Very much 'Old England' with an amazing variety of plants, hedging, trees, formal and informal gardens all set within a few miles of the Norfolk coast. Needs a good four hours to cover it all and good value a £8.00 pp.

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France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The gardens are well signed off the B1159. The car park enrance is on a right hand bend not far from the junction. This is one of the two highlights of our visit to Norfolk, the other being Holkham Beach. We visited other gardens but the difference is, we fell in love with this garden. Made up of different interconnected... More

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