One of the finest gardens in East Anglia

Considered one of the finest gardens in East Anglia since the mid-17th century, the gardens at Somerleyton continue to delight. Set over 12 acres, the garden is slowly being re-imagined as a series of interconnected ‘rooms’. Please visit our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram below for the very latest updates from our Gardens team.

Garden Guide

West Front

The centrepiece is the Nesfield Parterre to the west of the hall, restored in 2012/4 by Norfolk’s finest landscape architect and historian George Carter. The great equatorial sundial encircled by the signs of the zodiac stands on Newfield’s’ original mound.

White Garden

The charming sunken white garden to the north of the hall is set within the footprint of the former winter garden, a small part of which survives. This garden was designed by George Carter and another Norfolk garden designer Verity Hanson Smith.

Arboretum

The sweeping arboretum has been opened up recently to show off the fine specimen trees which are being under planted with rifts of bulbs to delight through the seasons. More trees will be added. We also have several ‘county champion’ trees for you to marvel at!

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Walled Garden

Possibly the most exciting new development. This former kitchen garden; known as Firrendale in the seventeenth century, is to be re imagined from 2020 with shrub, hosta and fern borders. Hedging will form avenues for you to wander and discover new garden rooms and the herbaceous border will be replanted with traditional English country style floral's with colour throughout the open season.

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SomerleytonMaze Aerial

Lose yourself at Somerleyton

Somerleyton Maze

Somerleyton is also home to one of the finest yew hedge mazes in Britain, planted back in 1846. The route out is around 800 yards from the centre, but most visitors find it takes rather longer to solve the maze’s mysteries!

Historic Parkland

There are fabulous views around of the park. The ancient lime avenue dates from the 1790s. ancient oaks from the 1600s scatter the park. It is essentially left to itself through rewilding. Cattle, wild ponies and deer roam freely. feeding off the natural vegetation. A new deer and rabbit proof fence has been put up around the gardens to separate the two areas.

Refreshments

Tea Room

The long borders to the east and west of the garden offer a fine selection of flowering shrubs and trees while the walled garden and chapel piece Pergola await restoration but still boast two wonderful herbaceous borders, giant barrel yew hedges and importantly the Tea Room and shop! The 'ridge and furrow' glasshouses are attributed to Joseph Paxton who worked for the Crossleys in Halifax and the unique peach cases are akin to the wonderful Paxton ones at Chatsworth House.

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Garden Team & Volunteers

Simon Gaches is our new Head of gardens, who joined us in August 2019 after 25 years as head gardener at the Bishops House garden in Norwich. Joining his team we also have groups of weekly volunteers.

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