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“Sunday afternoon tea”

The Plantation Garden
Ranked #9 of 152 things to do in Norwich
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A beautifully restored Victorian garden of 3 acres which is run by volunteers for the benefit of the community. All your entrance fees go the the upkeep of the garden, new plants etc. On Sundays in summer teas are served to musical entertainment. PLEASE NOTE: TOILETS are only open when there are volunteers on duty...on Sundays in the summer and for special events. Please see our website for details of events. Refereshments and toilets are available at St. John's Cathedral Narthex next door. We regret we have NO PARKING, but there is a pay and display carpark next door.
Reviewed November 15, 2012

My children and I visited after a visit to the city (Norwich). They were free to run around. There is an honesty post box to pay the entrance fee and there is parking close by. It is not open all year so please check the website. When it is open though, they offer a Sunday afternoon tea session which is just wonderful. We loved it and look forward to visiting again next year.

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Reviewed October 24, 2012

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.

Thank Margaret C
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

whatever the season, whatever the weather, this has to be my most favourite place in Norwich. I have mixed emotions - I want to tell everyone but at the same time I want to keep it a secret! Thank you to all the people who make this such a wonderful place.

Thank lisa2u
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

This garden has been rescued by a trust established in the 80's. Their work brings to the world a fairy-tale sunken garden with strange handmade walls and intriguing bits still being discovered.

Thank Nadeen M
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

I wasn't sure what to expect when we were told this was a garden created from a former quarry. What a delightful surprise it turned out to be. I liked the effect of being able to look down upon the extensive complex and then descending into the individual garden segments themselves. I especially liked the retaining walls which had bits and pieces of salvaged, formed terracotta and carved stone remnants taken from other sources incorporated into the walls. It added an extra dimension to the gardens. It was a very restful atmosphere being down in the center with this surround of former quarry walls. It remains one of the highlights of our garden tour of East Anglia. I understand that much of the garden is staffed by volunteers. Great work! Jim S

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