The Walled Garden
Open daily 10am-5pm
An exciting project is underway at Holkham to rejuvenate the 6 acres of walled garden which was originally laid out by Samuel Wyatt during the late 1700s.
Visitors are invited to see how the work is progressing. Their first step will take them through Italian iron-work gates which were brought from Venice in 1908 and into one of the seven sections, known as ‘squares’ and ‘slips’. The walls within the garden act as a windbreak and reflect the sun to create a gentle microclimate. In Victorian times the garden would have provided a constant and varied supply of food and decoration to the hall, ranging from vegetables and flowers to a wide variety of both common and exotic fruits.
There is a spectacular stand of large Victorian greenhouses, some of which have been renovated back to their original splendour, with others currently undergoing restoration. There are also sunken greenhouses designed to be at a lower level to avoid extreme temperature fluctuations; these are scheduled for renovation in the near future.
The ‘second square’ has been renamed the Ornamental Garden, and this year visitors are able to witness the ongoing creation of a new formal flower garden.
A working area, the vegetable garden, will once again provide sufficient produce for the family’s kitchen, for entertaining and any surplus food will be used at The Victoria Inn. The vineyard, now eight years old, adds interest, the vines will provide fruits for grape juice and the table.
At the far end of the garden visitors will find a large lawn surrounded by borders planted with tropical styled planting. The large lawn lends itself perfectly to events such as weddings and the annual Holkham Plant Fair as well as the North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival.
There are lots of events held in and hosted by, the walled garden during the visitor season, from guided garden rambles to tours of the private gardens. Find out more here.
The walled garden is situated to the west of the hall, approximately ¼ mile following the hardcore road and grassed parkland. Car parking is limited and is only available for visitors with disabilities. Please note that the buggy service from the Stables Courtyard to the Walled Garden is currently not operating.
Let’s protect each other.
With the phased and cautious re-opening of our visitor businesses, it is so important we help to protect each other.Entry to the walled garden will be by ticket only and to avoid disappointment we recommend that you book this in advance of your visit. Subject to availability, tickets can be purchased from our ticket office on the day. Social distancing measures and hand sanitisers will be in place to keep you safe, and our friendly team will be on hand to welcome you and answer any questions. To ensure the safety of all visitors, if you or anyone in your party has shown any symptoms of Covid-19 in the last 14 days, or been in contact with anyone who has tested positive in the last 14 days, please do not visit us. When you visit please be aware that we will keep your booking details for NHS Test and Trace.
Click here for more details of the actions we are taking to help protect our staff, visitors and local community.
We are delighted that Cuppa JoJo, the incredible little cafe in a cute van, has set up in the walled garden. A perfect stop off for great coffee, tasty tea, delicious cakes and yummy light snacks. Open Thursday to Monday, 10am-4pm (weather permitting).