Published date: July 2020
Located 14 miles south east of Norwich in south Norfolk, the Raveningham Estate is a traditional rural estate of some 5,500 acres. Home to the Bacon family since 1735, today the estate’s main activity is farming. The gardens are open for both individual visits and group tours and their tearoom is open whenever the gardens are.
Visitors can explore a variety of landscapes including woodland, informal and formal planting, herbaceous and mixed borders, wildflower meadows, rolling lawns and a lake. The walled Victorian kitchen garden has been brought back to full working order and provides sheltered conditions for fruit, vegetables and cut flowers for the house. The gardens contain many rare species of plants collected from around the world as do the late 19th century Boulton and Paul glasshouses, conservatory and melon pits.
Raveningham Gardens is an idyllic place to wander, with so much to see, including a fragrant herb and rose garden and the time garden, designed around Sir Francis Bacon’s essays based on the passage of time. Sample delicious homemade cakes in their tearoom, definitely worthy of a visit. Sculptures by Susan Bacon are dotted around the grounds and from January the impressive galanthus emerge, followed by bulbs in early spring and roses and alliums throughout June. Whatever the season, there is always plenty to enjoy and discover at Raveningham Gardens.
To find out more about Raveningham Gardens, including opening times, admission costs, plant sales and special events, please go to their website.