Walking trail

Oxburgh Hall garden walk, Oxborough, near Swaffham, Norfolk

Walking trail

No one ever forgets their first sight of Oxburgh Hall. A romantic, moated manor house built by the Bedingfield family in the 15th century, where they've lived ever since.

A family-friendly walk suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs

This easy pushchair- and wheelchair-friendly walk takes you around the formal grounds of the Hall, looking for wooden carvings representing animals, birds, insects, and fish.

The Coronation Tree wooden sculpture in Oxburgh garden, Norfolk


Map route for Oxburgh Hall garden walk


Ticket office, grid ref: TF742012


Starting at the ticket office, walk towards the archway and turn right into the kitchen garden. Look for the hedgehog carving.

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Hedgehog carving by greenhouse at Oxburg Hall


Follow the path towards the cold frames, then look out for the Wasp carving.

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Exit the kitchen garden via the gate, turn right and 1st right into the orchard, look out for the Tomato carving.

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A shot of two red tomatoes on the vine


Cut across the orchard on the path by the bee hives, turn right at the end and look out for the Honey Bee carving.

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Continuing along the path, exit the orchard and continue along the path looking out for the Frog carving which will be found by the pond to your left.

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The common frog


Now turn round and look out for the Coronation Tree in front of you. The Coronation Tree carving is underneath.

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The Coronation Tree wooden sculpture in Oxburgh garden, Norfolk


Walk towards the corner of the canal and the point where it enters the moat. Here you will find the Mute Swan carving.

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A mute swan in flight


Now continue walking ahead on the path around the back of the Hall until reaching the corner of the path, where you will find the Dragonfly carving.

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A Dragonfly in undergrowth


Retracing your steps, turn left at the corner of the path, cut across the lawn and enter the walk way by the herbacious border. Here you find the Butterfly carving.

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Red Admiral butterfly often to be seen in Oxburgh's gardens in Summer


Exit the Herbacious Border at the north end. Walk down the grassy bank and look for the Potato carving at the end of the Parterre.

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Walk up the bank to the gravel path turning towards the Hall. Walk past the bridge to find the Tawny Owl carving.

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Oxburgh Garden walk owl carving


Take the path towards the chapel to find the Bat carving.

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Common Pippistrelle Bats (2)


Return along the gravel path towards the Hall and just by the bridge you will see the Carp carving.

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Image of Common Carp


Continuing along the gravel path close to the archway, look out for the Bird’s Nest carving. This is now the end of the walk, but don't forget to explore the Hall and Chapel and to visit the old kitchen tea-room or open-air kiosk for refreshments. The shop should also be open (check opening times).

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Courtyard, grid ref: TF742012

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Oxburgh Hall garden walk, Oxborough, near Swaffham, Norfolk


Easy walking along mostly gravel paths. Pushchair/wheelchair friendly.

Assistance dogs only allowed.

Oxburgh Hall garden walk, Oxborough, near Swaffham, Norfolk

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Oxburgh Hall garden walk, Oxborough, near Swaffham, Norfolk

How to get here

Oxburgh Hall, Oxborough, Norfolk PE33 9PS
By train

Downham Market, 10 miles (16km) then taxi.

By road

7 miles (11km) south-west of Swaffham, 3 miles (5km) from A134 at Stoke Ferry.

Oxburgh Hall garden walk, Oxborough, near Swaffham, Norfolk

Facilities and access

  • Free parking
  • Old Kitchen tea-room, open air kiosk, picnic tables
  • Toilets
  • National Trust gift shop, second-hand bookshop, plant sales
  • Assistance dogs only allowed
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly