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Gooderstone Water Gardens

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.

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Dog/Pet friendly

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Child friendly

Dog/Pet friendly



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Garden Acreage: 6.5

Parkland Acreage: 8

Open Times: All year, Daily. 10:00-17:30 (or dusk if earlier). Last admission 16:00.

Price Details: Adult £7.00, Child (accompanied only) Free, Senior Citizen £6.50 Gooderstone resIdents £3.50, Users of Electric Wheelchair or Buggy £3.50, Wheelchair user and carer charged as one

Arrival information and directions

Address: The Street, Gooderstone, King's Lynn, Norfolk, King's LynnPE33 9BP, United Kingdom

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.

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