Not rediscovered until a little over forty years ago, these gardens have been lovingly restored by a team of volunteers and is a now a Trust. Once built from nothing in the 1800's as a rich man's folly, this really is a surprising place.
We visited it for a Craft's Fair at the end of August on a fine, warm day. There are medieval style walls and a stunning Italian terrace. Stalls were set out in the main gardens approached by sets of steps down. Stand at the top of them and the whole area is there to be seen as you look down on it. A wonderful old fountain trickles and splashes its way out of mossy holes into a pool full of goldfish and original planting has been restored wherever possible although a Palm House didn't survive.
Whilst around three acres, what is amazing is this garden nestles almost in the heart of the city of Norwich next door to the RC Cathedral. If you are local go eat your lunch in one of its shady corners, if you are a visitor see it anyway! Entrance price is reasonable, but parking is limited and approached by the busy Earlham road into Norwich so not the easiest of place to find. That's a bit of a downside, but it is a unique place to visit.
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