Situated nearby to Loddon and Beccles our gardens surround Raveningham Hall, home to Sir Nicholas and Lady Bacon (and home to the Bacon family since 1735).
Enjoy the beauty of our varied and ever-changing floral seasons. 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.
The main specialities of the garden are snowdrops followed by bulbs in early spring, later in the season agapanthus are a main feature. Our Gardens are circa 10 acres all in a glorious 18th Century parkland setting with sculpture by Susan Bacon in and around the gardens. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome.
Main Season Opening Times
We are open for both individual visits and Group Tours of 10-30 people.
Our Gardens and Tea Room are open throughout February 11-4pm (closed Saturdays) and on set days April to August. Please see our website www.raveningham.com for opening days & times.
Friends of Raveningham Gardens
Become a friend and visit throughout our opening times for just £20 per person.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 01508 548480 for all enquiries, individual or group.
We look forward to welcoming you to our living garden.
The unique Bressingham Gardens are renowned worldwide for their horticultural excellence. With nearly 20 acres, four linking gardens and 8,000 plant species they can are a truly tranquil place, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the scenery.
The Bressingham Collections
Take a trip on one of the four railways at Bressingham, the collection of working locomotives will take you round our magnificent gardens and woodland, or ride on the Victorian Steam Gallopers.
A trip to the locomotive sheds brings the power and the glory of mighty steam engineering up close. The National Dad's Army collection lets you wander through Walmington-on-Sea looking at original props and vehicles from the series, you'd be a 'stupid boy' to miss it!
Bressingham opening dates and times for 2021 to be confirmed.
Mondays and Tuesdays (outside the school and public holidays) are Gardeners Days (Non Steam Days)
Service level - One diesel hauled train and the Gallopers.
Wednesdays to Sundays are always Steam Days. Service level - At least two trains and the Gallopers will be running. On Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays we aim to operate three trains and the Gallopers.
Bressingham Steam & Gardens, reg. charity no. 266374, was founded by the late Alan Bloom in 1961.