Pensthorpe Natural Park
Pensthorpe Natural Park is home to five contrasting gardens including the Millennium Garden, most notable for having been designed by world-renowned leading garden designer and plantsman, Piet Oudolf. In 2019 The Times newspaper named the Millennium Garden as one of the 'top 20 most glorious gardens in the UK to see right now'. The Millennium Garden notoriously shows off Oudolf's famous naturalistic perennial drifts of sub-alpine, steppe and prairie plants. It is equally breath-taking in autumn with its sea of stunning grasses, in rustic browns and golds, as the rainbow of colours it welcomes between June and September.
The serene and reflective Wave Garden, designed by Julie Toll, a six-time Gold Medal Winner at Chelsea Flower Show, demonstrates planting in a wide variety of conditions. Its framework of gently rolling yew hedging and simple planting structure ensure that the Wave Garden enjoys lush foliage throughout the year. Amongst other gardens at Pensthorpe, there is also the Wildlife Habitat Garden, which is planted to naturally entice insects and mammals. The newest garden in the collection is the Corten Infinity Garden. Visitors can also enjoy more than 80 different species of grasses and flowers in Pensthorpe’s impressive Wildflower Meadow.
Opening Times: Park open from 10am Wednesday – Sunday during term time and 7 days a week during school holidays.
Shop & Courtyard Café open daily from 10am. Closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & Boxing Day. Closing times vary depending on time of year. Check website before you visit.
Admission Rates: Adults £12.95, Seniors £11.95, Children (3-16) £11.95, under 3's and carers free.
Group Rates: £8.95pp. Minimum of 12 people with pre-booking required. Includes welcome talk by a member of staff. Warden/Garden walks and talks available at £40 for a max of 20 people. These can be tailored for specific interests.
Facilities: Breakfasts, lunches, afternoon teas in the popular Courtyard Café. Experience in catering for groups with lunch menu options available to pre-order. *Pre-booking essential for afternoon teas. Min of 24hrs notice.
Disabled Access: The park has designated paths for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Some pathways out to the further reaches of the reserve are not suitable. Disabled parking and toilet facilities available.
Events: Seasonal garden and wildlife walks and talks scheduled throughout the year, including some 'out of hours' opportunities. See website for details.
Car/Coach Parking: Yes
Length of Visit: Minimum of 2 hours. Many visitors make it a full day out.
Booking Contact: Darren Stapleton. Pensthorpe Natural Park, Pensthorpe, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 0LN
Telephone: 01328 851465
Location: Situated in north Norfolk, on the A1067 just one mile from Fakenham.
Updated: May 2021