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Gooderstone Water Gardens

The Street, Gooderstone, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE33 9BP

Gooderstone Water Gardens

The Street, Gooderstone, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE33 9BP

There’s a lovely story behind the creation of Gooderstone Water Gardens near Swaffham in Norfolk. Retired farmer Billy Knights began creating the gardens at the age of 70 back in 1970 after his son joked that the land there was too wet for cattle to graze and only fit to be a water garden. Setting out his plans on the back of a piece of wallpaper, Billy’s imagination was fired and he set about getting the diggers to work on the meadow. By the age of 93, he had created a haven for garden lovers with a natural trout stream, four ponds, waterways, 13 bridges, mature trees and shrubs, borders rich in colour and a kingfisher hide. After his death, the garden fell a little into disrepair but in 2002 his daughter Coral breathed new life into the site, adding an eight-acre nature trail and a lovely refurbished tea room and gallery. There has since been the addition of a bird hide, bamboo grove, scented arbour, plant sales and a rustic roundhouse.

Information on Gooderstone Water Gardens , The Street , Gooderstone , King's Lynn

Opening Times: All year, Daily. 10:00-17:30 (or dusk if earlier). Last admission 16:30.
Admission: Adult £6.50, Child (accompanied only) Free, Senior CitiTzen £6.00 Gooderstone resIdents £3.50, Users of Electric Wheelchair or Buggy £3.50, Wheelchair user and carer charged as one
Child Friendly:  Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly: Dogs Permitted (Dogs on leads with well behaved owners welcome.)
Location: In the village of Gooderstone PE33 9BP. Brown signed from Oxborough and London Street, Swaffham. In West Norfolk 6 miles southwest of Swaffham, between the Iceni Village at Cockley and the National Trust's Oxburgh Hall at Oxborough.
Facilities: Tearoom
Garden Acreage: 6.5
Parkland / Woodland Acreage: 8

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Review of Gooderstone Water Gardens

Posted on by Patricia MCustomer visited Jan 2015

Gardens and Waters make a very relaxing and pretty walk. Lots of wild flowers and wildlife owner very hands onand friendly with public. Tea room served lovely fresh food tasting excellent.


Review of Gooderstone Water Gardens

Posted on by Hazel HCustomer visited Nov 2014

Something for everyone. Good paths, nature trails, bird hide and Kingfishers! Colourful at all times of year with very good planting and beautiful trees. Noted for it's little bridges. Excellent tea rooms with home baking. Good plant sales and very friendly staff.


Review of Gooderstone Water Gardens

Posted on by Janet BCustomer visited Oct 2014

Water garden full of wildlife and wonderful planting, beautifully kept, complete peace and quiet. Great tearoom and baking but visitors welcomed to bring picnic. This was our favourite 'visitor attraction' in Norfolk.


Review of Gooderstone Water Gardens

Posted on by Sally GCustomer visited Sep 2014

My husband & I spent a lovely afternoon here for an anniversary treat and we weren't disappointed.
The tranquil atmosphere and beautiful plants and trees were like we had stepped into another world.
Several of the information labels weren't clear or not possible to read but that was our only quibble.
The friendly atmosphere in the tearoom was very welcoming, with amazing photo greeting cards and books etc on the history of the gardens.
We were inspired enough to buy some plants from the plant stall too.
I came home with my camera full of stunning photos and very happy memories.


Review of Gooderstone Water Gardens

Posted on by Marie BCustomer visited Aug 2014

My daughter and I visited the gardens and we were so impressed we bought season tickets. The absolutely wonderful gardens change throughout the year and we just can't wait to see the seasons changing in this wonderful place. The staff are very friendly as were the other visitors. The atmosphere is very peaceful and serene. From the otter pond to the trout stream and the bamboo grove there is so much to see that one visit would never be enough.


Review of Gooderstone Water Gardens

Posted on by Kevin TCustomer visited Jul 2014

Stunningly beautiful. Best water gardens I have ever seen. Very friendly staff and lovely tearoom.


Review of Gooderstone Water Gardens

Posted on by Catherine TCustomer visited Jun 2014

Beautiful water gardens in a natural setting. Plants, trees etc named and lots of wild birds including Kingfisher. At the end there is a Cafe serving food and homemade cakes and drinks. Plants for sale.

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