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  • Norfolk Tourist Attractions Association member
  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Nature Reserve, £9-£10.95



Pensthorpe Natural Park,
NR21 0LN

Enjoy the natural world.

Enjoy the natural world.


Set in the beautiful Wensum Valley and voted Norfolk’s Best Large Visitor Attraction 2014 and 2015*, Pensthorpe Natural Park is a great day out for the whole family.

Adventure Play...Nature's Way:
Adventurous families can take a walk on the wild side and join ‘Hootz’ the owl on a journey around his magical natural world as you run wild in WildRootz. You can swoop like a falcon, scramble like a spider and dig like a mole as you discover underground burrows, giant winding slide towers, shallow streams to splash through and assault courses in the trees! Whatever the weather, come in for an epic indoor adventure in Hootz House. Switch onto wildlife as you clamber your way up huge tree towers, scurry your way through twisting tunnels and race your way down winding slides unearthing facts about the enchanting species that share our natural world.

Hands-on learning:
Meet our resident owl and hedgehog**, get creative with nature-inspired arts and crafts** and be sure to grab your WildRootz Passport and explore stamp stations, mirror trails and a larger than life bug walk. Meet flamingos, cranes and red squirrels to name but a few and be sure to watch the commentated Daily Bird Feed; it is the perfect way to finish off your day of exploring!

Showcase for British wildlife and nature conservation:
With over 770 acres of woodland, wetland and farmland habitats, the former home of BBC Springwatch (2008-2010) continues to captivate its visitors with its unique surroundings and thousands of bird, plant and wildlife species who call it home. Working closely with partner organisations, the Pensthorpe Conservation Trust (PCT) based at Pensthorpe Natural Park, is involved in national conservation programmes to Actively Save Species. These partnerships include Operation Turtle Dove and the Great Crane Project as well as a Corncrake and Red Squirrel Re-introduction project.

Discover four stunning nature-inspired gardens and see spectacular wildlife in one of Norfolk’s largest wildflower meadows. Absorb the structural beauty of Piet Oudolf’s Millennium Garden, admire the sculptures as you meander through the Wave Garden and visit our Wildlife Habitat Garden with bees, bats and butterflies to pick up hints and tips for your own outdoor space!

Feeling peckish?
With free parking and entry to the Gift Shop and Courtyard Cafe, you can enjoy delicious locally sourced, home-cooked food even if you have not got the time to explore the wonders of the Park. FREE admission to the Shop and Courtyard Café.

Open every day throughout the year except 24th-26th December 10am-5pm (1st March—31st December) | 10am—4pm (January-February)
*EDP Tourism Awards 2014 and 2015
**Seasonal attraction. Subject to availability. Nature-inspired arts and crafts available in the school summer holidays only.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Norfolk's Best Large Attraction 2015. Hootz House voted Best Sustainable Project 2015. Norfolk's Best Large Attraction 2014. Norfolk Tourism Award Winner 2005; National Environmental Award 2005, Berry Savory Award 2004/05.

Opening details

Open daily from 10am-5pm. Winter opening hours of 10am-4pm apply from 1st Jan-end of Feb.


Adults £10.95, Children (3-16) £9.95, Seniors (60+) £9.95. Group (15+) /school discounts available. Under 3's are free.



See location of Pensthorpe Natural Park on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TF 947294  Lat: 52.82693 Long: 0.88847

By Road:
One mile east of Fakenham off the A1067 Norwich to Fakenham road.

By Public Transport:
From King's Lynn station it is 20 miles to Pensthorpe Natural Park.

Parking: free


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Norfolk's Best Large Attraction 2015. Hootz House voted Best Sustainable Project 2015. Norfolk's Best Large Attraction 2014. Norfolk Tourism Award Winner 2005; National Environmental Award 2005, Berry Savory Award 2004/05.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
    • Yesis gravel
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • YesBaby changing facilities


  • YesClear signage
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility


  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesVegetarian
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu


  • Although not all of our reserve is accessible via wheel chair given the nature of the attraction, special care has been taken to provide pathways and routes with a firm surface and wheel chair friendly access, these are highlighted on our Park Guide. Every attention has been paid to accessability for all abilities and ages and our wardens and staff are happy to reserve wheel chairs and assist wherever possible

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