East Ruston Old Vicarage

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East Ruston, Norwich,
Norfolk, NR12 9HN

01692 650432

01692 651246


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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open
27th Mar - 29th Oct; Wed - Sun & BHs; 2.00pm - 5.30pm
Guided tours by Alan Gray on first Thurs of each month, 5th May, 2nd June, 7th July, 4th August and 1st September.
Alan Gray also gives guided tours to private groups with a minimum of 15 people.

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: Yes

21st Apr, 6th Oct

Best Times of Year to Visit:
To see:
Admission Prices

Adult £7; Season £21 pp; Private visits £14pp
Guided Tours cost £40 per person, includes lunch. Limited places - tickets in advance.

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

Winter Walk 1st and 3rd March, RHS members £36 per person, non members £40. Limited places tickets in advance.
Summer Party. RHS members £19, non members £22. Tickets in advance.

Garden Features & Events

Exotic gardens, Mediterranean garden, Sunken garden, Desert wash, Autumn borders, Kitchen garden and cornfield. RHS Events: 11th & 13th Mar - Winter Walk; £30 RHS members (£35 non-members); 15th July - Summer Party; 6pm; £16 RHS members (£18 non-members)

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

Hotels & Accommodation:

The Old Piggery, East Ruston
The Old Forge, East Ruston
Wayford Bridge Hotel, Stalham
Kingfisher Hotel, Stalham
Beechwood Hotel, North Walsham

Inns & Pubs:

The Butcher's Arms, East Ruston
Fur & Feather Inn, Woodbastwick
Nelson Head, Horsey
Fisherman's Return, Winterton-on-Sea

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:


Description of Garden

A remarkable 18 acre exotic garden which is a feast of formal design, decorative exuberance and brilliant planting. It is scarcely twelve years old and continually enhanced with new projects. Although it is quite close to the sea, it is well protected from the full blast of the wind by demi-windbreaks, making it possible to grow remarkably tender plants. Clustering about the Arts & Crafts vicarage, walled and hedged compartments vary strongly in mood - from cool formality to explosions of colour and form. Much of this is inward-looking, but occasionally exhilarating vistas borrow distant church towers or the lighthouse as eye-catchers. Sculptures, lavishly planted pots and finely detailed walls and gates also play their decorative part.

History Of Garden

Designed by Alan Gray and Graham Robeson, the owners, from a site which originally comprised tussocky grass up to 4ft tall. In 1988 there were no trees surrounding the garden so most of the shelter belts were planted the following year. They are an important and fundamental feature allowing gardening in this exotic style. The process of development continues.

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