Guided tours

A group enjoy touring the garden

A group enjoy touring the garden

We welcome groups by arrangement and have a small team of knowledgeable guides who provide tours of the garden for which we charge £3 per person, which includes admission.  Our minimum charge is £35 – cash or cheques payable to the Plantation Garden Preservation Trust (PGPT).  Tours take approximately 50 – 60 minutes and provide a history of the garden, bringing you up to date with how the gardens are managed today.  You are welcome to stay in the garden as long as you wish or to eat a packed lunch in the garden.  The garden is run entirely by volunteers and all the proceeds go towards the garden’s upkeep, restoration and development.

There is a wc which is opened for group tours, but teas are only provided on Sunday afternoons, from the end of May to mid September.  We also have a selection of plants and souvenirs for sale.  The RC Cathedral Narthex, which is next door, and has a new, purpose built hospitality centre open for refreshments every day until 4 p.m., except Monday.  If you are a large group, a light lunch may be booked in advance (contact 01603 724381 / narthex@stjohncathedral.co.uk).

We regret that we have no parking at the garden.  The Beeches Hotel is an entirely separate body and their car park is for use of residents only.  On Sundays and after 6.30 it is possible to park on Earlham Road or neighbouring residential roads or use the Norwich City car parks.  In the case of those with a disabled parking badge we can exceptionally make space for up to 2 cars in our tight entrance although not on Sundays or Tuesday mornings.  Coaches are recommended to decant passengers on the Earlham Road and pick up at a pre- arranged time.  If your driver is unfamiliar with the City please ensure he/she has checked coach parking with Norwich City Council.

Talks

Some of our knowledgeable volunteers are available to visit your group, club or organisation and present a talk, along with a Powerpoint presentation.  The talk is a mixture of history of the garden and how it is managed by our volunteers today.

Talks can be shaped to meet the interests of the club: history, gardening, volunteering etc.  Our charge is £50, which includes expenses.

To arrange a visit or talk, or for more information, please email events@plantationgarden.co.uk

School Visits

The Garden welcomes school visits throughout the year: for more information and to make arrangements, please email events@plantationgarden.co.uk