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East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden

East Ruston, Norwich NR12 9HN, England
+44 1692 650432
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Lovely place to chill and enjoy the surroundings

Took 3 kiddies here , we all enjoyed the walk round and took in the scenery. It did rain so cut the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
via mobile
Unique and unmissable

A stunning large RHS garden. Easily the best scale garden in Norfolk. Very diverse and beautifully... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Nigel C
Norwich, United Kingdom
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The garden is open from 29th March to 24th October 2015 on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays from 1pm to 5.30pm. 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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East Ruston, Norwich NR12 9HN, England
+44 1692 650432
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Took 3 kiddies here , we all enjoyed the walk round and took in the scenery. It did rain so cut the day short. We took food with us so we could sit in the grounds. Don't miss out on a visit to here.

Thank debbielil
Reviewed 3 days ago

A stunning large RHS garden. Easily the best scale garden in Norfolk. Very diverse and beautifully constructed as you move from area to another. Each year there's a new bit. A labour of love for the owners. The annual pass is great value for locals.

Thank Nigel C
EastRustonOldVic, Owner at East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

There is one correction we would like to make; this is a private garden not an RHS garden it is just RHS recommended.

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Really looked forward to having a stroll through the gardens that we had looked at online for this place. It was £8.50 each plus £3.50 for a guide. We was very disappointed to find the gardens quite run down, overgrown, patches of weeds everywhere and...More

Thank Hydraing
Reviewed 1 week ago

My first visit to this amazing place. Although covering 32 acres, the garden are arranged in 'rooms' leading from one to another via different entrances through hedges or gateways - so revealing a surprise at every turn! Every type of garden imaginable, from cottage to...More

1  Thank shirley4172016
Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful garden - full of variety, both of style and planting (and a good selection of plants for sale too!) Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful, especially the ladies in the café; both tea and cakes were excellent. We loved the relaxed atmosphere in...More

Thank Sue L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice gardens in lovely location.Definately worth a visit. Food in restaurant only average. OK for Cake and coffee but lunch uninteresting.

Thank Adrian S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the gardens on a lovely sunny day & there was also a plant fair that day too.The gardens are lovely with many different areas to see. The cafe has limited but very nice offerings which includes several different choices of cakes.The owners are...More

Thank Julieterry02
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My mum and I popped in on our way to our accommodation and were both very pleased we did. Turning down a small lane, you are led into a car park adequate for quite a few cars. The welcome is warm and we agreed that...More

Thank Miss-STM
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderfully creative I love it. Lots to do.there is also a great cafe selling yummy home made cakes. O

Thank Sue S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our visit to East Ruston on a lovely sunny day in early June. The gardens are varied and expansive with many beautiful plants, both regular and unusual. We marvelled at how much there was to manage noting that there were definitely unmanicured areas!...More

Thank WelltravelledNorwich
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I am mobility restricted and use a mobility scooter will this restrict my enjoyment of the gardens
8 May 2017|
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Response from EastRustonOldVic | Property representative |
Hello, It should not restrict your enjoyment of the garden. The garden is about 95% accessible by wheelchair.
Is there much to see this time of year ? Was thinking of visiting this bank Holiday Monday 17h April
13 April 2017|
Response from pat w | Reviewed this property |
Hi. open Bank Holiday 1-5,30pm
When you say no dogs presumably this does not exclude registered assistance dog - Hearing Dog for Deaf People?
6 September 2016|
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Response from Tummypocket | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I didn't see this until now. Yes, assistance dogs are welcome.