The Plantation Gardens, Norwich

I love discovering little walled gardens and I hope you do too? I think it takes me back to my childhood when I read The Secret Garden. I was fascinated with finding a little hidden gem all of my own. If you haven’t read it, it’s an excellent book for people of all ages. The Norwich Plantation Gardens are not dissimilar to the book and a firm favourite with our kids – although they’re not dog friendly.

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Plantation gardens, Norwich
Plantation Gardens, Norwich

The Plantation Gardens

The Plantation Gardens are in Norwich, just off the inner ring-road, tucked in behind the Catholic and United Reform churches.  To look at it, you wouldn’t think that the gardens spread three acres and the oasis of peace and tranquility provides a therapeutic retreat in a bustling city.

The gardens were built and designed out of a chalk quarry in the 1800’s and although slightly different from today, the design has remained incredibly similar.  The Gothic fountain and Medieval walls were all designed by Henry Trevor however much of the beds, lawns and terraces were re-built after the second world war when the gardens were abandoned.

The gardens have been lovingly restored by The Plantation Garden Preservation Trust and they ask for a £2 entrance donation.

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Flowers in the garden

Exploring The Different areas

What we love so much about the Plantation Gardens are the sections of different areas ready to explore. The Gothic fountain takes pride of centre encircled by lush grass lawns and a eye-dazzling aray of colourful flower beds.

The Medieval wall and Italiante terrace, as well as the summer-house, sit at the west of the gardens and overlook the beds and fountain. There are some lovely little woodland walkways around and above the gardens and a rustic wooden bridge joining the higher and lower areas.

Once upon a time there was a large glass palm house however this was dismantled in the early 1900’s and its whereabouts are unknown. In its place, now stand hexagonal shaped beds and pathways.

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Flower in the garden

A Little Corner of Paradise

On our first visit, itt was never our intention to spend three hours there but somehow time just seemed to disappear. We have been back repeatedly in different seasons to see how the colours change.

You can explore the summer-house and climb the stone steps, you can run through the woodland and pose for photos on the bridge. Come on, everyone does!

The kids rustled and tumbled on the grass before we smelled the flowers. At some point we had a small picnic and watched other people come and go throughout the afternoon. This really is a little corner of paradise inside a beautifully, progressive city.

I know you’ll love it!

The Gothic Fountain

Built in 1857, the fountain displays a taste of the medieval in what is otherwise a modern and thriving area of Norwich.

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The Gothic Fountain

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Plantation Gardens Norwich
The Gothic Fountain

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Plantation Gardens Norwich
The Gothic Fountain

The Medieval Wall

Perhaps my favourite part of the gardens; coats of arms, niches, arcading and animal designs are set into flints and bricks, laid along three climbing pathways. They give rise to what is, in my opinion, the best view over the gardens.

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The medieval wall from the laid lawns. 2017

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Our duo of naughty monkeys enjoying exploring the walls. 2017

The Italianate

Flights of steps, balustrades and pedestals with urns are on display here. There was originally a summer-house here too.

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Decorative walls from The Italianate. 2017

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View of the laid lawns and flower beds from The Italianate. 2017

The Bridge

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The bridge that crosses the gardens

The Woodland Walk

Turn left past the Medieval wall to be taken round the side of the gardens and onto the bridge that straddles the mid section.

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Always jump!! 2017

Plantation Garden Flowers

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Japanese Iris 2017

Events at the Plantation Gardens

I am so pleased to announce that the committee are now offering different summer events. Check out the events here.

Between May and September, Sunday’s host a 2-4pm afternoon tea and there’s usually live music too.

The gardens have teamed up with The Picture House to offer an open air cinema with a bar and BBQ. 2019 showed Jurassic Park, Top Gun, Mammi Mia and loads more.

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Pink Asters 2017

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The Plantation Gardens in Norwich are a hidden oasis of tranquility! Perfect for every day visits, picnics and more.

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4 comments
  • Cynthia GiblingOctober 22, 2016 - 7:43 am

    What a super piece on your visit. fab photos too. You are having some wonderful travels. I shall also enjoy looking at the rest of your pages.

  • EmmaOctober 22, 2016 - 11:25 am

    Thank you very much Cynthia for your kind words. The gardens are one of our favourite hidden gems in Norwich 🙂

  • Marjorie WilsonNovember 10, 2016 - 10:38 pm

    Loved your blog about our special garden in Norwich. As Head Gardener, who looks after the volunteers, it is very good to see and read of your adventures and so glad you enjoyed our beloved garden

  • EmmaNovember 17, 2016 - 8:47 am

    Hi Marjorie,

    Thank you so much for leaving me a message. We loved the gardens and are hoping to return in spring to see how much has changed. Emma

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