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Aylsham, Norwich,
Norfolk, NR11 6NF


01263 738035

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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

See below for details.
Last admission 30mins before closing

Garden, shop, restaurant and bookshop:
9 Jan to 14 Feb 10.15-3 Thurs to Sun
15 Feb to 2 Nov 10.15-5.30 7 days a week
6 Nov to 21 Dec 10.15-4 Thurs to Sun

RAF Oulton Museum
15 Feb-23 Feb 12-3 7 days a week
1 Mar-16 Mar 12-3 weekends only
17 Mar-2 Nov 12-5 Weds to Sun
3 Nov-30 Nov 11-2 weekends only
6 Dec-21 Dec 12-3 weekends only

Second-hand bookshop
9 Jan-14 Feb 10.15-3 Weds-Sun
15 Feb-2 Nov 10.15-5.30 7 days a week
6 Nov-21 Dec 10.15-4 Thurs-Sun

Stamp shop
2 Jan-16 Mar 11-3 Thurs-Sun
17 Mar-2 Nov 11-4 Weds-Sun
3 Nov-21 Dec 11-3 Thurs-Sun

Plant Centre
17 Mar to 7 Sep 11-5.30 7 days a week
8 Sep to 2 Nov 11-4 7 days a week

Cycle Hire and Segway tours
5 Apr-7 Sep 9.30-5.45 Weds, Sat, Sun, daily during local school holidays. Last hire 5 pm

All year, dawn to dusk,

Parties/Coaches: Yes

Prior booking essential, discounted rates.

Group Appointment: Yes

Groups must book by email or telephone.

House Open for Viewing: Yes

15 Feb to 23 Feb 11-3.30 7 days a week
1 Mar to 16 Mar 11-3 weekends only
17 Mar to 2 Nov 12-5 daily except Tues
8 Nov to 30 Nov 11-2 weekends only
6 Dec to 21 Dec 11-5 weekends only
House also open Tuesdays 8, 15 and 22 April, 27 May, 29 July, 5, 12, 19 and 26 August, 2 September, 28 October. Open for 'backstage' tours only in November.

National Garden Scheme days: Yes

Sat 19 July and Sat 11 October

Best Times of Year to Visit:

Something to see all year round.

To see:
Admission Prices

Gift Aid Admission
Hall and garden: adult £13.50, child £7.25, family £34.50, family
(1 adult and 3 children) £25.
Garden only: adult £8.95, child £4.95, family £26, family (1 adult and 3 children) £18.50.
Discounts for groups of 15+.
Free access to South Front, shop, restaurant, RAF museum, plant centre, second-hand bookshop, stamp shop, art exhibitions.

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
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:

Picnics in the park & designated picnic areas
Dogs allowed on lead, in the park only
Coarse fishing in lake; permits from Warden, tel. 01263 731994. Full events programme.

Garden Features & Events

A complete Norfolk estate with something for everyone to enjoy. Discover the spirit of Blickling and follow four centuries of history, from the Boleyn family to its connection with the Royal Air Force during WWII. Enjoy more than 50 acres of beautiful gardens, a walk or cycle in the historic park; and three floors of history in the Jacobean house which has been home to lords, ladies and servants for the past 400 years. As well as having one of the finest book collections in the country, it is reputedly home to the headless ghost of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second queen. Coarse fishing on lake June to March.

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

Hotels & Accommodation:

Buckinghamshire Arms, Blickling. National Trust holiday cottages on the estate.


The Greens, Aylsham

Inns & Pubs:

Buckinghamshire Arms, Blickling Walpole Arms, Itteringham

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Aylsham 1 miles away.

Description of Garden

A spectacular and beautiful Jacobean house entices you to visit an equally spectacular and beautiful garden beyond. Incorporating important elements created by the leading garden designers over the past three centuries, this is a garden that includes a large and wonderfully planted parterre with a delightful colour scheme created by one of the leading lights in the garden design sphere before WWII. Fantastic topiary, including the famous grand pianos, complements this sublimely, and the dry moat contains plants seldom found in this part of the world including buddleia, auriculata, ceanothus and camellia.

But this is just the hors d'oeuvre, and the main course in the form of the parkland, is arrived at after leaving the parterre when you find yourself in rolling parkland with fine stands of oak, beech and chestnut. Its main feature is the lake with huge Oriental plane trees and a venerable Turkey Oak nearby. In spring the foot of each of these is covered in bulbs and wild flowers.

History Of Garden

The house was built by Sir Henry Hobart, but little remains of his early 17th century garden. His great grandson, the 1st Earl of Buckinghamshire redesigned the garden in the early 18th century and the central axis of the garden and grand vista looking up to the Doric Temple is still there. His son, the 2nd Earl, living at the height of the Landscape Movement, concentrated on creating a park with rolling pasture, the great lake and the Orangery, probably designed by Wyatt and built in 1782. It is known that Humphry Repton suggested some of these improvements and Repton's son, John, was employed after 1823, working on garden furniture and other features. In the 1860s the 8th Marquis Lothian created the present grid pattern for the formal areas of the garden employing, Markham Nesfield, the son of William Andrews Nesfield who did much work at Kew, to excavate the 2-acre parterre, although Lady Lothian dictated its interior planting. The present-day planting there was carried out by Norah Lindsay in the years between the World Wars and has been carried forward by the National Trust. She also designed the less flamboyant Secret Garden.

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