Step into The Walled Gardens
An exciting project is underway at Holkham to restore the 6½ acres of walled gardens which were originally laid out by Samuel Wyatt during the late 1700s. In 2014 the restoration project will be in its fifth year. You can follow the restoration work as it progresses by visiting our online diary.
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 eight sections, known as ‘rooms’, with walls acting as windbreaks and reflecting the sun to create a gentle microclimate. In Victorian times these gardens 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 distinct tranquil feel to the gardens and time to relax and enjoy the environment. In the herbaceous perennial meadows visitors will be greeted with a variety of blooms and range of colour, with the added opportunity to buy from a selection of propagated plants.
In the second section of the gardens there is a spectacular stand of large Victorian greenhouses which have been renovated back to their original splendour with the help of English Heritage. 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 trained pear trees here date from the original Victorian plantings and on the garden walls are a number of fig varieties and an olive tree which enjoys the warmth provided.
As the project progresses visitors will be able to meander along the paths bordered by the marvellous displays of foliage colours, flowers and fruit. Ornamental trees, unusual herbaceous perennials and walls clad with climbers and fruit trees will be joined by banks of wavy topped yew hedging. A working area designed to become the vegetable and cut flower garden will hopefully once again provide produce for the family’s kitchen, for entertaining and any surplus food will be used at our hotels.
At the far end of the gardens, an open area designated for weddings and other events will be left and also a perennial meadow to give a spectacular display throughout the year, as well as providing the perfect place for wildlife to enjoy cover and seed heads.
1st November 2013 - The Walled Gardens are now closed and will re-open on 1st April 2014.
Please click here for details of opening times and admission.
The Walled Gardens are 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 disabled visitors. We operate a free buggy service from the courtyard near to the Ticket Office for visitors who would prefer not to walk.
Public access arrangements to view the glasshouses
The glasshouses in the walled gardens are available to be seen by appointment. Please write to the Estates Director, David Horton-Fawkes, Holkham Estate Office, Wells-next-the-Sea,
NR23 1AB or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to request an appointment.