Family-orientated landscaped gardens that are fi lled with tales of former visitor Beatrix Potter. During August kids can enjoy outdoor theatre and on rainy days there are more than enough activities to keep them occupied, from bug hunting to the ‘Spot It’ quiz. If not, the mile-long walk through the former hunting park is a perfect stroll.
These impressive grounds are famous for their large herds of red and fallow deer and classic moated hall. The 400 acres have been excellently kept and developed by the Tollemache family for centuries, so there is loads to explore, from the fragrance of the herb garden to the distinctive topiary of the ‘knot’ garden.
Open May – September 12 – 5pm
Tuesday – Thursday & Sunday
A grand country estate in Bury St Edmunds, which makes for a fun packed day out. You’ll fi nd one of England’s earliest examples of an Italianate garden, as well as an innovative display of servants quarters in the Rotunda basement. Bring your bike as the grounds are expansive.
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Surrounding a Grade I Jacobean manor built in 1620, these 200 acres of sumptuous parkland are made for picnics. During spring, the bluebells create a pretty fl oral carpet, as well as azaleas and rhododendrons.
Open May – September 2 – 5.30pm every Tuesday
For a calm moment of reflection and contemplation, look no further than Fullers Mill. The seven acres of dappled woodland on the banks of the River Lark has a year-round selection of rare and unusual plants.
Open April – September 2 – 5pm
Wednesday, Friday & Sunday
This is the garden to visit for active, outdoorsy types. Set around a Tudor- Jacobean mansion, there’s never a dull moment between rowing on Fritton lake, golfi ng, horse riding or even hot air ballooning on the grounds. For the young visitor, there’s a maze, Viking fort, pony treks and a cycle trail.
Open March – September 10am – 5pm Tuesday – Thursday
During high season also open Wednesday & Sunday
Right in the centre of Bury St Edmunds, this is ideal place for a break. Contemplate the ruins of the C11th Benedictine Abbey which lie within the garden while small children will also enjoy the play area and aviary.
Free entry, open year-round
Neatly maintained gardens that are crammed with fruit trees and fl owers. A serene atmosphere is created by the Elizabethan manor house and the occasional wandering peacock. Best visited as part of a day trip as there is plenty more to explore at Wyken including the stunning vineyards.
Open Easter to September 2 – 6pm (closed Saturday)