​Discover the garden at Blickling Estate

The Parterre Garden at Blickling Estate, Norfolk

As the season changes, come and explore the garden in all its glory. Set out on a stroll to the Temple, before looking back to take in spectacular views of the Parterre, house and lake, wander the wilderness, discover the walled garden, or take time out by the lake.... 

Discoveries to make in the garden

Open daily | 10am - 5pm (last entry to the garden at 4.15pm)

Secret spaces

There are two secret tunnels in the garden, which are a particular favorite for families to explore and enjoy a game of hide and seek.  The larger tunnel has tree stump seats - perfect for a secret picnic.

The Acre and Parade

Take a stroll on the Acre and enjoy spectacular views across the lake, whilst observing an abundance of wildlife. The lime trees and the turkey oak are particular highlights, with twisting branches and unique character. You'll find the Parade is a perfect spot to sit and read a book or enjoy a picnic.

The Parterre 

The planting of the parterre was radically simplified by renowned garden designer Norah Lindsay for the 11th Marquess of Lothian in 1932. She retained the yew hedge topiary but replaced the intricacies of the Victorian planting with four large herbaceous plots in cool and hot colours, surrounded by beds of roses and catmint.

The Orangery

The site of the Orangery was chosen in 1781. In 1793 it contained large, young and dwarf orange trees, but due to being unheated today, it houses much hardier citrus trees. The statue of Hercules is probably a Nicholas Stone figure and the majolica plaques, in the style of Luca della Robbia, were crafted in the nineteenth century.

The Orangery bathed in sunlight
The Orangery bathed in sunlight
The Orangery bathed in sunlight

The Temple

This building is first mentioned in 1738 but it was probably built some 10 years before. In the frieze the monograms of Sir John Hobart (later 1st Earl of Buckinghamshire) alternate with the Hobart bull. The temple was built in the Doric style and is the highlight of an impressive vista down to the house.

Wilderness

The concept of the 'wilderness' is much more structured than its name implies and dates from the earliest Jacobean garden. During the 1987 gales many trees were lost overnight. All have now been replaced with new trees planted to fill earlier gaps.

Topiary and yew hedges

The yew hedges line the front drive leading to the house. The annual trimming begins in August with the topiary in the parterre, followed by the ancient yew hedges. In days gone by, this used to be an extremely laborious task, but today is completed in little over a fortnight with mechanical cutters, a cherry picker and constant attention to line and form.

Blickling's walled garden

For four centuries, Blickling’s walled garden supplied enough produce to feed the many families who lived and worked on the five thousand acre estate.  However despite falling into disrepair during the twentieth century, a five year project began in November 2014 to restore the walled garden to its former glory.

With fruit, vegetables and herbs growing in abundance, visitors can not only explore the walled garden in full splendour, but also enjoy eating much of its produce in our cafés.

Growing raspberries

Accessibility

Mobility scooters are currently available so that those with limited mobility can explore the garden further. We can also provide you with a mobility map to show you a route that avoids steps and allows you to access a wider experience of the beautiful surroundings.