Raveningham is a traditional rural Estate situated south of Norwich in South Norfolk. It has been home to the Bacon family since 1735.
The principal house, Raveningham Hall, was built around 1750 by an unknown architect for Sir Edmund Bacon the 8th and 9th Baronet. The Hall is Grade II* listed and home to Sir Nicholas Bacon the 14th and 15th Baronet and his family.
The Gardens are set out as the Edwardian plans with large herbaceous borders surrounding a Victorian walled kitchen garden. In the 1960s the planting was enhanced by the inspiration of Priscilla, Lady Bacon an energetic plantswoman who collected many rare species from around the world transforming the garden over 50 years. The walled kitchen garden was brought back to full working order in the last 20 years and is now producing fruit and vegetables for the House. There is a fine late 19th century Boulton and Paul range of glasshouses, stocked conservatory and melon pits, all in working order.
A Millennium project by Nicholas Bacon to build a lake on the North side of the House is now firmly established as is an Arboretum that was planted after the destruction of a wood in the 1987 gale; this gave an opportunity to plant a large variety of trees and shrubs under a plan designed by the eminent plantsman Roy Lancaster
New additions to the garden include a Herb Garden, a Stumpery and a garden designed around Francis Bacon’s essays based on the passage of time. Sculptures by Susan Bacon add to the landscape which is surrounded by an 18th century Park with grand oaks of great age.
The main specialities of the garden are snowdrops followed by bulbs in early spring, later in the season agapanthus are a main feature. Throughout the year the parkland setting provides a glorious backdrop to to the Hall and the main garden.
The gardens are mostly accessible to wheelchair/motability scooter users, except when the ground is very wet.
Snowdrop season 1 to 28 February 2018, open 11-4 (closed all Saturdays)
Main season 4 April to 31 August 2018, Wednesday to Friday, 11am to 4pm. Also open all Bank Holiday Weekend Sundays and Mondays 11am to 4pm and summer Sunday openings, 15, 22 and 29 July and 5, 12, 19 and 26 August, 11am to 4pm. Tearoom open when garden is open. www.raveningham.com
Admission charges: Adults £5, Concessions £4.50, Children (under 16) free. Dogs on leads are welcome.
Become a Friend of the Gardens and enjoy unlimited admission throughout our 2018 season. £20 per person
Phone number: 01508 548480
Fax number: 01508 548958
Contact name: Sonya Roebuck
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