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Somerleyton, Lowestoft, Suffolk,
Suffolk, NR32 5QQ

0871 222 4244

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please also visit
Gardens/Maze/Tearoom 10am - 5.00 pm
Hall Tours half-hourly 11am - 3.30pm

Access for cars is by main gate, signposted on Blundeston Road,. Coach access is by coach entrance, signposted, on Market Lane.

If arriving by train it is advisable to pre-book a taxi as the walk to the Hall and Gardens takes approximately 45 minutes.

Parties/Coaches: Yes

Private tours available by prior arrangement

Group Appointment: Yes

Tickets available on the gate on Hall open days

House Open for Viewing: Yes

Guided tours only 11.30 am - 3.30pm. 45 minute guided tour. Last tour leaves at 3.30pm

National Garden Scheme days: Yes

Friday 1st May

Best Times of Year to Visit:

Spring - Autumn

To see:

Colour and interest throughout the year eg. Spring - a multitude of bulbs, blossoms and early shrubs, Summer - wonderful show of colour from herbaceous borders, rose beds and bedding plants.

Admission Prices

Gardens & Maze only: Adult £6.45; Child £4.45; Over 60s £5.45;
Gardens, Maze & Hall Tour: Adult £10.95; Child £5 95 over 60s £9.95.
Group rates Hall and Gardens: £1.20 discount per person on groups of 20 plus
Family ticket: £29; Annual pass: Adult £29, Over 60s £24, Child £17
Family Annual Pass: £60 (for 2 adults and up to 4 children)
Private tours available on request

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Guide dogs only. Visit own website for upcoming (and frequent) events -

Garden Features & Events

Somerleyton Estate Gardens Events March - December 2015

Saturday 21st March - Delphinium Workshop
Lunch, take home cuttings and expert tuition from the Delphinium Society, price £59. Booking essential.

Sunday 29th March Wedding Show

Hall and Gardens open Thursday 2nd April

5th April Easter Sunday Egg Hunt

6th April Easter Monday Egg Hunt

14th April Kitchen and Cutting Garden Open Day

Friday 1st May Gardens open for National Gardens Scheme

Sunday May 17th - Grow Your Own Spring Bouquet Workshop
Lunch, and take home your own bouquet, price £59. Booking essential.

25th May Bank Holiday Brass on the Lawn - Wrentham Brass Band

7th June Open Farm Sunday

Sunday 21st June - Summer Solstice Late Opening - Gardens only. Hall and Gardens open as usual during the day.

Sunday 14th June - Garden Workshop Sweet Pea Day -
Lunch, and take home your own bouquet, price £59. Booking essential

Sunday 5th July Strings on the Lawn - Scintillo String Quartet

31st August Bank Holiday Jazz on the Lawn - Tuba Swingy

Look out for details on family events through the summer holidays

20th September Grow Your Own Autumn Bouquet Workshop
Lunch and take home your own bouquet. Booking essential. Price £59.

28th September - Seed Collecting Day
Lunch and take seeds home. Booking essential. Price £59.

December 7th - 20th Somerleyton Christmas Cracker

Saturday 12th December - Wreath making workshop

Look out for details of opening in October half term

December 7th - 20th Somerleyton Christmas Cracker

To book for any of the garden workshops above, please ring 07831 851127 or e-mail:

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

The Fritton Arms, Fritton


The Fritton Arms, Fritton The Dukes Head, Somerleyton

Inns & Pubs:

The Dukes Head, Somerleyton The Fritton Arms, Fritton

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:
Description of Garden

Design: Yew Maze and Parterre William Nesfield with restoration designed by George Carter. Peach cases and ridge and furrow glasshouses by Paxton

The gardens are renowned for their wide variety of splendid specimen tree, with a fine collection of shrubs and borders providing colour throughout the year including rhododendrons, azaleas and wisteria, magnificent displays of herbaceous borders, rose beds and bedding plants. Autumn brings gorgeous golden colours and ripening fruit and vines appear. There are also the walled and sunken gardens, Paxton's peach cases and ridge and furrow glasshouses, a 70-metre pergola, equatorial sundial and magnificent 19th century garden statuary. Children will love William Andrews Nesfield's 1846 yew maze, one of the finest in Europe. New for 2015: the restoration of Nesfield's Parterre to the west of the hall has been completed with a new pool and fountain.

History Of Garden

Somerleyton Hall is the family home of Lord and Lady Somerleyton, and has been in the Crossley family since 1863, when carpet manufacturer Sir Francis Crossley Bt, purchased the hall from Sir Morton Peto.

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