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East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden

East Ruston, Norwich NR12 9HN, England
+44 1692 650432
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Ranked #4 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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Norwich, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We have visited the Gardens many times and at various times of the year and there is always something new to see. There are many rare and unusual trees, plants and flowers - not to mention the stunning sculptures. When your feet are tired of walking around the large site have a rest with tea and home made cakes in... More

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Taverham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Visited here and were impressed by the beauty of the gardens. Each laid out like a small room with a different theme for each "room". The weather was mild and it was a pleasure to wander around. There is an area of chickens and one or two other animals which was also very interesting. The tearooms are small but there... More

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EastRustonOldVic, Owner at East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind review and we are pleased you enjoyed your visit to our garden and the cakes in the tea room. With regard to your comment about staff handling money and food, money does not provide ideal conditions for bacterial growth and the staff maintain good personal hygiene by frequently washing their hands and also... More

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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

These gardens began modestly not so many years ago and have been added to over the decades. The structures and aspects, the plants, the rare and therefore unseen species growing healthily in such an unfriendly east coast climate are all mind boggling and well worth the trip. The café too is worth a look in.

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Harleston, Norfolk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

The gardens are laid out in so many "rooms". If you are not a regular visitor, get a little site map. It is an ever changing landscape which has been developed with thought and flair. The restaurant serves good food as well.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

This is a lovely garden to visit, lots of plants and lovely walks, tea shop and a place to buy plants, something to see in every season, would recommend it for gardening enthusiasts.

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Montignac
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

This is a truly inspiring garden full of amazing plants. The hard landscaping has been well thought out and creatively designed. This is a garden that will enchant all year round. The tea room/garden serves delicious cakes and the shop has a good selection of plants to choose from. It was surprising to find such a gem in coastal Norfolk.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

we go here at least once a year and find it very inspirational. Lovely gardens that you can get lost in and a very nice little tea room at the end where you can reward you walking with a slice of cake and a cuppa! good for an afternoon out if the weather is nice.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

The garden is split up into lots of different areas, some great features. you come away with lots of ideas. Tea and Cakes and plants for sale too.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

It's a while since I visited but I like the hornbeam hedges abd the copper fountain, that you can get lost, the vegetable areas and that it never feels crowded. Make sure you arrange to meet up - don't spend ages trying to find each other...!

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Lovely gardens, good tea room, garden centre for the purchase of plants and garden accessories, You can wander around the gardens for ages, always something new to see, Reasonably priced season ticket, if you are in the area it is a definite place to visit.

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