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East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden

East Ruston, Norwich NR12 9HN, England
+44 1692 650432
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Disappointing after reading the rafe reviews

Parts of the garden were very interesting but other parts looked in need of attention. A good... read more

Reviewed yesterday
John V
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Shipston-on-Stour, United Kingdom
Lovely walk on a brilliant Norfolk summers afternoon

Well worth a visit with lots of wonderful plants to see. We did struggle to find it as it is not... read more

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Karen S
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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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“every corner” (52 reviews)
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East Ruston, Norwich NR12 9HN, England
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Reviewed yesterday

Parts of the garden were very interesting but other parts looked in need of attention. A good nursery for plant sales and nice restaurant

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Reviewed yesterday

Well worth a visit with lots of wonderful plants to see. We did struggle to find it as it is not in the village of East Rushton. Great team room with some lovely cake to purchase. There are inside and outside sitting areas and lots...More

Thank Karen S
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden is new, in British-gardening-terms, having been established on open farmland in the mid 1980's. The intense winds from the North Sea required the Garden-Makers to first plant extensive stretches of trees and hedges around the perimeter, and inside of,...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We were really looking forward to visiting these gardens particularly noting the very high reviews given by others on TA. Sadly our expectations were not fulfilled. Entry is £7.50 per person and therefore it was a little disappointing to be told there is no map/plan...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Dithered about going as we are NT, EH and HH members which means we rarely pay out for other places. However, these gardens get glowing reviews. Was it worth the £17 we paid out for two of us? We are still debating that. The gardens...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Our second visit. Such a lovely garden created by someone with a wonderful eye for design and colour. The pots planted up around the house are inspirational. There's also a decent cafe and plants for sale. Wish we lived nearer so we could visit more...More

Thank Sue F
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like gardening "Just Go" its an amazing place to visit. Also on site is a nice eating place that we used twice. Plants for sale at reasonable prices. Toilets were clean.

1  Thank Mo F
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although a little hard to find and get to, these gardens are absolutely worth the effort- there are a wide range of garden areas on different themes, the plants are stunning and the walk round the different areas followed by a trip to the excellent...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were amazed by the beauty of the gardens, something different around every corner. The tea room served very tasty cakes and scones.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Go to this event every year and it never fails to please! Not cheap at £28, but free drinks & nibbles all evening & the wonderful Norwich community choir, then of course the stunning gardens to walk round. Highly recommended!

Thank Norfolk-Steve1952
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Sally T
June 22, 2018|
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Response from Bluehindycat | Reviewed this property |
Whilst there are some uneven gravel paths and a few steps, I would think your mum would be able to navigate the garden with no issues.
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margaret w
February 8, 2018|
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Response from EastRustonOldVic | Property representative |
Hello, we have snowdrops in the garden but we are not open until 3rd March.
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Lisa F
December 10, 2017|
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Response from Sarah V |
hi, please give me a ring on 01692 650432 and I can help you.
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