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SOMERLEYTON HALL GARDENS

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Somerleyton
Near Lowestoft
Suffolk
NR32 5QQ

4 miles north-west of Lowestoft on B1074.

12 acres

Tel
01502 734901

Visit website

Opening Hours

Daily, 11am–5pm, 15 Apr–25 Sep. Please see website for more information.

Admission

Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) applies Sep.

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

  • Arboretum
  • Autumn colour
  • Champion trees
  • Herbaceous border
  • Organic management
  • Sculpture
  • Sub-tropical garden
  • Wildflower meadow

About the garden

Owned by
Simon Gashes

The gardens at Somerleyton Hall are renowned for their wide variety of splendid specimen trees, combined with sweeping lawns, formal gardens, majestic statuary and original Victorian features, including an aviary and 70m (229ft) long pergola covered in wisteria, roses and vines. 

Within the walled gardens are two ridge and furrow glasshouses designed by Joseph Paxton and just beyond are two working Paxton Peach Cases, which still have peaches and nectarines growing in them. The main walled garden is undergoing a re-imagining with new borders that contain collections of botanically interesting plants and a 70m (229ft) border filled with more than 150 large/giant Hosta cultivars. New hedging is to be added to create ‘rooms’ and the paths will be upgraded. It also contains a double herbaceous border providing colour throughout the season and plants that attract bees and butterflies. 

The walled kitchen garden has been remodelled and now features a central herb garden surrounded by parterre with new individual cut flower beds on both sides. 

The gardens are home to one of the finest yew hedge mazes, planted in 1846. The formal garden to the west of the Hall was originally laid out in 1846 by William Nesfield. It was redesigned in 2012 by garden historian George Carter, who reinterpreted Nesfield's original plan to design the current box parterre and central fountain. The sunken garden, designed by Verity Hanson-Smith, is now a beautiful white garden. 

New to the gardens are a jungle garden and plant nursery area.

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Alliums
  • Bluebells
  • Clematis
  • Conifers
  • Cut flowers
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlias
  • Delphiniums
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Grasses
  • Herbs
  • Hostas
  • Lavender
  • Magnolias
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Roses
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Sweet peas
  • Topiary
  • Vegetables
  • Wildflowers
  • 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.