Discover the garden in autumn at Blickling Estate
As the weather gets cooler, enjoy seeing dazzling displays of autumn colour throughout the garden. The trees around the lake reflecting in the calm water, help the summer glow last as the seasons change.
Enjoy autumn in the garden
Experience Blickling in a blaze of golden colour this autumn. See bright displays of dahlias asters in the herbaceous borders as the leaves start to turn on the trees.
Why not take a morning stroll to the Temple, then the Dell and Orangery? Take in spectacular views as you see many of the garden's autumnal planting highlights.
In the afternoon why not find a secluded spot to sit and relax? Collect a good read from our extensive bookshop and find all you need for refreshment in our cafés and restaurant.
Join a garden tour | Daily | 11.30am & 1.30pm
Take part in a garden tour everyday* of the week at either 11.30am or 1.30pm. Check with visitor reception for availability upon arrival. Learn more about Blickling's gardens and the history of its creation.
Enjoy a walk around the walled garden and see what new developments have been made. You might even get a taste of some of our wonderful, seasonal prodcuce.
Don't forget, you can ask our knowledgable garden team all year round for green-fingered tips for your own garden.
*despite a regular schedule, our garden tours are led by volunteers, so availability may vary throughout the year.
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, work began in November 2014 to restore the walled garden to its former glory.
The five-year restoration project of the 1930s kitchen garden has been funded by donations from across the estate, with particular thanks to a generous portion from Blickling's second-hand bookshop.
We’re proud that in 2018 our visitors can now reap the rewards of the garden’s restoration. 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.
Mobility scooters are available from East Wing visitor reception, 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.
Discoveries to make in the garden
Secret spaces & places
Our garden team have created two secret tunnels in the garden for families to enjoy. Find the animals of Blickling wood inside or enjoy a game of hide and seek. The larger tunnel has tree stump seats - perfect for a secret picnic.
The secret garden is a place for quiet contemplation or a good read. It is on the east side of the wilderness, surrounded by beech hedges. The trellis seat was probably put there for Lady Suffield by John Adey Repton.
The acre & parade
Take a stroll on the Acre, watch the birds on the lake, play a game of croquet or wander to the picnic tables on the parade where children can have fun with our giant games.
The lime trees and the turkey oak have been 'stopped' to allow them to spread. The branches of the lime trees have rooted and almost look to be individual trees.
The planting of the parterre was radically simplified by 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 old roses and catmint.
The site of the Orangery was chosen in 1781. In 1793 it contained 15 large, 11 young and six dwarf orange trees. Unheated today, it houses hardier citrus trees. The statue of Hercules is probably a Nicholas Stone figure and the majolica plaques, in the style of Luca della Robbia, are 19th-century.
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 is built in the Doric style and dominates an imposing vista down to the house.
The concept of the 'wilderness' is much more structured than its name implies. It 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 of the parterre. The great hedges are tackled next. Nowadays, the task is completed in little over a fortnight with mechanical cutters, a cherry picker and constant attention to line and form.
Re-enactments in the garden | Wednesdays*
Join our volunteer actors for a fun insight into characters of Blickling Estate’s past.
*Please be aware that all are performances are subject to weather and volunteer availability. Please ask at visitor reception upon arrival for further information.