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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 103 Attractions in Norwich
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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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.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

A great garden,the layout is quite spectacular with secret parts of the garden, and key hold windows looking out to the church and lighthouse,we go twice a year,and it's differant every time,and to finish off a great cup of tea and cake. Perfect

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

We never tire of visiting The Old Vicarage, which we generally do a couple of times a year. Always something new and constantly expanding and changing. A real gardener's garden and entry fee very reasonable for what you get.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

This garden is heaven. I go back again and again for inspiration and simply to enjoy. Alan (one of the owners) is quite often around and happily gives advice. And the cakes in the tea shop are delicious.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We have visited East Ruston Old Vicarage on several occasions at different times of the year and have never been disappointed. The gardens are spectacular with different themed areas including a dry garden, vegetable garden, wild flower area and more formal areas. The herbaceous borders are wonderful and the hydrangeas when in bloom are spectacular. There is a plant centre... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

beautiful gardens, plants to buy, tea rooms, always something different to look at, very good entrance price and you can buy a season ticket very cheaply. Love visiting these gardens

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Very interesting and with many varied plantings and walk ways. Well worth a visit if gardening is your thing. Check first regarding open days as not open at all times. Very good cafe on sight after spending a number of hours walking round.

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Norwich
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

It is mind boggling what these people have achieved in a windswept corner of the Norfolk coast. A tapestry of gardens from formal, through cottage to wilderness and meadows with architectural garden features, walks and vistas to satisfy the most jaded spirit. One of the most enjoyable gardens I have ever visited - and they do a decent cup of... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

These gardens are truly wonderful. We always love them and irrespective of season always something to delight. Great tea room cream tea went down a treat. Must go destination!

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

As we passed the sign showing the entrance price I said in a startled and disapproving voice, "Eight quid". Within minutes of entering the garden I was overwhelmed by its beauty. To me it was experiencing a living work of art. I just loved it. I felt I had been transported into a magical place, a place which took be... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

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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