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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

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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 Recent VCustomer visited Jul 2017

With a huge range of flora, Gooderstone Water Gardens is wonderful. First time visiting with my parents, would 100% go back and plan on doing so! Really wonderful and relaxing place to walk around.


Review of Gooderstone Water Gardens

Posted on by Recent VCustomer visited Mar 2017

Although it rained on and off, the air was warm and it did not stop us enjoying the gardens. Not to be rushed, especially if you love flowers and plants. Advise to go around twice as there is so much to take in with the different species of plants.

There is a cafe on site and toilets.

Would say to allow a good couple of hours. Good for wheelchair access too and a large carpark. I think we paid about £6.50 each to get in but well worth it as someone has to be paid for the upkeep of the gardens.


Review of Gooderstone Water Gardens

Posted on by Recent VCustomer visited May 2017

We had travelled from St. Neots to see Oxburgh Hall and were hugely disappointed - as photographers we didn't realise the place was undergoing some building work so the scaffolding got in our way! We saw the signs for the water garden and decided to give it a go.

I have never been somewhere so tranquil, beautiful and just outstanding. So lovely, not too busy as to not be enjoyable and just genuinely breathtaking. I was so happy we stumbled across this beautiful place, and will 100% return. A real photographers paradise.

Also, the cake in the tea-room is to die for. So much selection, cheap and so so tasty!


Review of Gooderstone Water Gardens

Posted on by Recent RCustomer visited Jul 2017

I am not a great garden lover, but this place is super. It seems to be relatively undiscovered, and therefore very peaceful. It is slightly less manicured than some gardens and being independent it does not have the National Trust or English Heritage style. There is a good variety of plants, many with informative labels along with benches and huts to rest and relax. The tea room is comfortable and offers an interesting range of cakes. There is a nature trail and bird hide, and though we saw very few birds on our visit there was a sighting of a kingfisher logged in the visitors book. Having lived not far away for many years, this was our first visit, but now we have discovered it, I hope it won't be our last. It provides a peaceful contrast to the bustle of the nearby Oxborough Hall.


Review of Gooderstone Water Gardens

Posted on by Recent VCustomer visited Jul 2017

Beautiful, peaceful watergardens. Lovely to stroll round. Great cakes in the tea room. Worth spending quiet time in the hide and looking out for Kingfishers.


Review of Gooderstone Water Gardens

Posted on by Recent VCustomer visited Sep 2017

For years I have been wanting to see Gooderstone Water Gardens and today with a friend in tow and my 4 year old we finally managed to stroll and enjoy these lovingly planted and landscaped gardens. I was worried it would all be a bit too much to explore but the size of it all was just perfect. There is a big nature trail to explore if you choose to do so, but we managed to pass 4 to 5 hours with just walking around, sitting down, listening and generally enjoying the peace! We will be back


Review of Gooderstone Water Gardens

Posted on by Recent VCustomer visited Sep 2017

Beautiful water gardens , near Kings Lynn, off the beaten track. Wonderful mature trees, quiet waterways with plenty of seating around to rest on. Good cake in the tea room . Flowers, bees, swans, dragonflies, beautiful birdsong and the chance to see kingfishers out in the fen area. Longer trail for those wanting to do a longer walk.


Review of Gooderstone Water Gardens

Posted on by Recent VCustomer visited Sep 2017

We arrived here expecting to walk around for an hour or two, but ended up staying most of the day. The gardens are fantastic and captivatingly beautiful. Some fantastic photos taken!
The most surprising part of the visit though was that my normally fussy and uber picky kids really enjoyed themselves and immersed themselves into the botanical wonder that the gardens provide.
The fact that the weather was fantastic only added to what is a great day, and the café is highly recommended for tea and cake!
This would be the most fantastic place to stage an outdoor wedding, my wife and I would love to have our marriage blessing here.


Review of Gooderstone Water Gardens

Posted on by Recent VCustomer visited Oct 2017

We stayed at cottages a couple of miles away and were told to take a trip to these enchanting gardens, they were beautiful and amazing wildlife we went into a shed and sat very quietly and got some amazing pictures of a kingfisher


Review of Gooderstone Water Gardens

Posted on by Recent VCustomer visited Nov 2017

Gooderstone Water Gardens is close to Oxburgh Hall in West Norfolk (PE33 9BP). It is a peaceful place, perfect for an after-lunch stroll. There is a café, shop, a woodland walk and a bird hide where, if you're lucky, you can see Kingfishers flying past. The gardens are beautifully kept and separated by stretches of water crisscrossed by many bridges. Entrance fees are modest and parking is free.


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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