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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 95 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

I'd never heard of these gardens until the weekend when we went with family, who had recommended it as a little known gem. They were certainly right, the gardens are tucked away but huge, with a mixture of zones and planting types plus a few chickens etc. It's not normally my sort of thing but it is clearly a labour... More

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

If you want to be overwhelmed by colour you will enjoy these gardens which are awash with so many different plants. Clever views of neighbouring landmarks have been incorportaed into the garden's design including nearby Happisburgh lighthouse. Delicious cakes and savouries are available from the well stocked tea room. There is a large garden centre area as you arrive where... More

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Norwich
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

This is in a rather out of the way place and probably gets missed by many potential visitors. Its isolation alone makes it attractive, but the huge variety of plants and settings is a must for anyone keen on visiting gardens or just seeing such an assorted array of plants, flowers, trees and shrubs. Tea room is good too.

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Dartford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Have now visited these stunning gardens three times when holidaying in Norfolk after stumbling upon them by accident! The gardens are spectacular! Owned by two lovely and somewhat eccentric gay chaps/partners who have created this stunning and almost magical place. Covering several acres, there is a contrast of different and surprising areas and separate gardens that contain literally hundreds of... More

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Fareham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Excellent, and something different around every corner. Did not expect to see a tropical garden in the east of England!

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essex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I must say I was not prepared for what I was about to see on entering these fabulous gardens they are truly spectacular. Each corner you go round something else appears which is totally unexpected. We shall definately be returning for another visit in fact really looking forward to it. These gardens are really worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

It is well worth the money to look around the gardens, really need to buy a book so you have a map of where all the different gardens are. Followed the directions to gardens from this site and got taken in the wrong direction, but when we did arrive as I said it was well worth it.

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West Sussex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Our visit to East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens was one of the highlights of our week in Norfolk. I don't think I can do justice to just how good the gardens are. They are superb - enticing paths or gaps in hedges which invite you off in all directions to a completely different experience. There is everything from herbaceous borders,... More

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Margate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The only downside to my visit was struggling to find the Old Vicarage, more my fault for trusting the sat nav. Once in there is SO much to see. There's a hole in the hedge for a view of Happisburgh, formal gardens, vegetable patch, cordon apples and more. It is the sort of place where every time you go there... More

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Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Our third visit to thos remarkable group of gardens, marrying beautifully designed settings with exotic plants you would only expect to find in Cornwall

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