Pensthorpe Natural Park
Pensthorpe’s staggering 700-acre site includes five fabulous gardens including the Millennium Garden, most notable for having been designed by world-renowned leading garden designer and plantsman, Piet Oudolf. The Millennium Garden 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.
At the Corten Infinity Garden visitors can also enjoy more than 80 different species of grasses and flowers in Pensthorpe’s impressive Wildflower Meadow. Fall in love with fairy tales all over again with Pensthorpe’s newest garden. Enter a space that used to be home to our native red squirrels, but is now home to a magical sculpture fairy that resides nearby with a pool of glistening water at her feet. The garden will evolve over time and develop with the arrival of new sculptures and as the trees and plants are allowed to reach out and grow.
Opening Times: Park, shop and Courtyard Café open from 10am, 7 days a week. Closing times vary depending on time of year. Check website before you visit.
Admission Rates: Adults £14.95, Seniors £13.95, Children (3-16) £13.95, under 3's and carers free. Please see website for admission prices. Discounts available for green travellers.
Group Rates: £10.95pp. Minimum of 12 people with pre-booking required. Includes welcome talk by a member of staff.
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, but mobility scooters are available to hire. 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: Admissions team. Pensthorpe, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 0LN Telephone: 01328 851465
Location: Situated in north Norfolk, on the A1067 just one mile from Fakenham.
Updated: March 2023