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East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden

East Ruston, Norwich NR12 9HN, England
+44 1692 650432
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I love this garden so much, but......

Have been visiting this beautiful & inspiring garden regularly for quite a few years & have always... read more

Reviewed yesterday
J b
norfolk uk
Super inspirational day out

These gardens are a must see. The only problem is it makes you want to go out and spend a fortune... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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 yesterday

Have been visiting this beautiful & inspiring garden regularly for quite a few years & have always found plenty of wow factors in the design & the ever changing colour schemes. It's top of my list of brilliant gardens, but after our last visit a...More

Thank J b
Reviewed 4 days ago

These gardens are a must see. The only problem is it makes you want to go out and spend a fortune on your own garden when you get home. Also excellent food in the cafe at very reasonable prices.

Thank 68IanM
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is one of the best gardens we have ever visited. Acres of "rooms" each with different planting and aspects, from arid to herbaceous, rockery to alpine and on and on. We just could not get over how well kept it all was too. The...More

Thank donnison44
Reviewed 1 week ago

My Wife and I had a wonderful day here, very interesting, relaxing and fun. Got a few ideas to try in our (much smaller!)Garden. Love the way they have divided the site into so many different types of Garden and the way that you never...More

Thank Ian R
Reviewed 1 week ago

The wonderful garden displays many different planting and landscaping styles, there is something different round every corner. All the staff were helpful and friendly and it was great to see the owners working on new areas of the garden. Selection of cakes and drinks in...More

Thank Jayne T
Reviewed 1 week ago

That is my language after driving up and down country lanes trying to find the place! Why on earth isn't it signed at the crossroad by the church??? This was a long-anticipated visit: the highlight of a 300 mile round trip - and I almost...More

Thank Persicaria2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been once before to the "Summer Party Night" and it was very good. We went again last Tuesday (11th July), and even though it was pouring with rain for the 1st hour it was still a fantastic evening, for the first hour we...More

1  Thank Norfolk-Steve1952
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like formal gardens, as I do, then this garden is amazing. so many different vistas opening up & leading the eye to yet another just when you think it can't get any better! If I'm honest, I'm not really a fan of Mediterranean...More

Thank Jilly C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

East Ruston Vicarage Gardens are pretty much unique in anyone's book. Set close to the coast, near to Happisburgh (pronounced "haysbur') lighthouse in North east Norfolk, the gardens can be slightly tricky to find, but a modern iPhone app such as Google maps will get...More

Thank hintzujim
Reviewed 1 week ago

These gardens are amazing and absolutely worth a visit. I think this is my 4th visit and my last visit was probably 5 or 6 years ago and they just get better and better. The gardens are well established and new arears that I remember...More

Thank chrissielouch
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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.
12 April 2017|
Response from pat w | Reviewed this property |
Hi. open Bank Holiday 1-5,30pm
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.