Here at the King William, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to attractions. You’ll find some of the country’s most beautiful stately homes, country parks and historic sites on our doorstep, with a number of pretty villages, characterful market towns and pristine beaches just a short drive from our front door.
One of the most remarkable attractions in the local area is the East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden. Just over an hour from the King William, this stunning garden showcases the best of British creativity, eccentricity and ambition.
The East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden
When owners Alan Gray and Graham Robeson arrived at the Old Vicarage in 1973, the garden was a blank canvas. Over the years, they’ve worked incredibly hard to create a spectacular garden, filled with rare and beautiful plants and offering a variety of landscapes, themes and settings.
Covering 32 acres of arable land, just a few miles from Norfolk’s North Sea Coast, the garden is sheltered from the worst of the British weather by a belt of Monterey Pine trees that help to create a unique micro-climate in which the garden can flourish.
In the East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden, you’ll find an enchanting array of different areas to explore. Visit the Californian ‘Desert Wash’, the Exotic Garden or the large cornfield sown with poppies, marigold and cornflowers or stroll through the formal gardens and admire the collection of sculptures and artworks on display from local artists.
A selection of lovingly cultivated plants is available for purchase at the garden’s shop, giving you the chance to recreate an authentic slice of East Ruston in your own home.
Visiting East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden
The East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays throughout the summer months. There’s a charming tearoom on site to keep you going as you explore the lawns, paths and wooded areas, and guided tours are also available from the garden’s designers.
Special events take place at the garden throughout the summer, so make sure you check what’s going on before you plan your trip. Check out the website on http://www.e-ruston-oldvicaragegardens.co.uk/
Combine your visit to the East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden with a trip to the characterful town of Cromer or the stunning beaches of Norfolk’s coast for an unforgettable day out.