As spring gets underway, the Norfolk countryside bursts into life. Trees sprout bright green leaves, migrating birds return to our fields and waterways and wild flowers dot the countryside. Nowhere is this more evident than in Sandringham Country Park. Famous for its manicured gardens, woods and open areas, the park is the perfect place to experience the joys of spring.
In May, Sandringham’s rhododendrons erupt into their annual display of colour. One of the highlights of the park, these enormous shrubs attract visitors from far and wide every spring. If you’re visiting Norfolk this May, or if you live in the area and want to experience one of the county’s most famous sights, here’s how to make the most of Sandringham’s rhododendrons this spring.
Snapshot of Sandringham
Built in 1870 by the then Prince and Princess of Wales, later King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, Sandringham was once described as ‘The most comfortable house in England’. Its gardens where designed in the 20th century by famous planner and landscape architect Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe and have been attracting admiring visitors ever since.
In 1968, an area of 142 acres of Sandringham Park was opened to the public. This has since been enlarged to a whopping 243 hectares, giving visitors an enormous slice of stunning Norfolk countryside to explore. The most impressive rhododendrons at Sandringham are located within the park. Take a woodland walk through the estate in May and you’re guaranteed to come across a number of outstanding rhododendron displays.
Rhododendrons can be found throughout much of Sandringham Park. The estate is located to the north of King’s Lynn, around five miles from the King William. The nearest train station is in King’s Lynn. From there you can either catch a bus or cycle to the estate.
Sandringham Park is open to the public throughout the year. It’s free to enter and you can pick up information about walking routes and activities in the park from the visitor centre. From mid April to the end of October, the private gardens at Sandringham are available to visit. Opening times are between 10:30am and 4:30pm.
Various events take place in Sandringham throughout the year, so check what’s going on in advance if you want to make the most of your visit.