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Garden, £6-£6.50



Mrs Coral Hoyos

01603 712913


The Street,
PE33 9BP

Gooderstone Water Gardens

Gooderstone Water Gardens


A unique attraction for all garden lovers, naturalists and photographers - or those who simply want a restful break. Billy Knights, a retired farmer with no training but great enthusiasm began his garden in 1970 according to his own taste; his likes and dislikes were not dictated by fashion. When he died aged 93 in 1994 he left behind an entrancing 6.5 acre garden that sits well in the Norfolk countryside.

From the natural trout stream he created ponds and flowing waterways spanned by thirteen bridges. Combining the native and cultivated plants in informal beds his daughter Coral is endeavouring to further enhance this atmospheric garden. There are mature trees and shrubs, colourful bogs, plants and border perennials and flat grassy paths that lead visitors around corners to more lovely and unexpected views.

There is an 8 acre wildlife area to explore, which is managed to encourage the native flora, and a large bird hide where daily sightings of kingfishers are seen. A bright and cheerful tearoom serves delicious home made cakes. There are plant sales, toilets for disabled people, dogs on leads are allowed and visitors may picnic anywhere in the garden. This is a truly relaxing place for everyone to be, a real pleasure garden. Some visitors have written 'this is how I imagine heaven to be!'

What could be nicer than to stroll through an enchanting garden, explore the nature trail, perhaps spot a kingfisher and enjoy tea and yummy homemade cakes.

Coach parties acceptedDisabled accessDisabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

Opening details

Tea Room
Saturdays / Sundays - 5th April to 28th September 2014
And everyday (except Mons) from 27th May
All Bank Holidays except Dec & Jan.
Dogs on leads with well behaved owners welcome

Garden open daily all year
10:00 -17:30 (or dusk is sooner)


Adults £6.50, Senior Citizens £6.0, Children under 16 - Free

Groups 12+ £5.50 per person.



See location of Gooderstone Water Gardens on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TF 760020  Lat: 52.58779 Long: 0.59738

By Road:
Take either A1065 or A47 to Swaffham, from Swaffham take Cley Road. Drive through Cockley Cley. Continue 1.5 miles to 1st left turn to Gooderstone and signposted water garden.

By Public transport:

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Call 0871 200 2233 to speak to an operator and plan your journey, or log onto
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Parking: free


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
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