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HOUGHTON HALL AND GARDENS

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Estate Office
Houghton Hall
King's Lynn
PE31 6TY

Signed from A148 between King's Lynn & Cromer. Sat Nav: PE31 6TY

5 acres

Tel
01485 528569

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Opening Hours

Please see website for opening dates and times.

Admission

Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - applies Jun & Jul.

Facilities

  • Assistance dogs only
  • Accessible facilities
  • Accessible garden
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children’s play area
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Plant sales
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets

Features

  • Colour themed borders
  • Glasshouse (open to public)
  • Herbaceous border
  • Mediterranean/Italian garden
  • Sculpture

About the garden

Owned by
Lord Cholmondeley

Houghton Hall might be one of the finest Palladian Houses in England and boasts an award-winning five-acre Walled Garden divided into themed areas. A number of architectural features such as a rustic temple with fallow deer antlers decorating the pediment; a fruit cage in the shape of one of the stable towers; and a pergola for wisteria are the designs of Julian and Isabel Bannerman. 

The fruit cage with espaliers of apples and pears forms the centre of the Kitchen Garden; there is a formal rose parterre with fountain and classical statues; a Mediterranean garden of French lavender and box tree hedging; and a spectacular double-sided herbaceous border. The Jeppe Hein ‘Waterflame’ shows the interaction between water and fire and adds a contemporary note to the garden. 

Other contemporary sculptures on display are works by Richard Long and Stephen Cox. There are also standard laburnums, peony borders, vegetable and herb gardens, beds of irises, a magnolia corner, a glasshouse and a cherry tree walkway.

Plants of special interest

  • Alliums
  • Asters
  • Camellias
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Clematis
  • Cyclamen
  • Dahlias
  • Ferns
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Fuchsias
  • Hellebores
  • Herbs
  • Hostas
  • Irises
  • Laburnum
  • Lavender
  • Lilies
  • Orchids
  • Roses
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Spring bulbs
  • Sweet peas
  • Topiary
  • Vegetables
  • Waterlilies
  • Wisteria

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.