OK, I’ll confess that I have known about Plantation Gardens for many moons, but have never managed to get there. One of my best friends at UEA visited and said it was beautiful, but I just never got around to it.
This weekend was different though. I got up early on Sunday to make the most of the weather, parked in Chapelfield and walked down to the entrance to the garden. You could easily miss it if you’re not paying attention – there’s just a little brown tourism sign between the Roman Catholic Cathedral and The Beeches hotel – so keep your eyes open!
There’s an entrance fee of £2, but it’s worth it. Developed in the 1850s on what had previously been an industrial site, Henry Trevor created a truly special garden of some renown. Unfortunately, during the early 20th century the garden fell into disrepair, but it has been restored to its former glory in recent years.
With a medieval-style fountain, summer house and gothic touches, the garden is truly magical – it is tranquil, quiet and secluded; a world away from Earlham Road outside. At this time of year it is also filled with beautiful autumnal colours, from oranges to browns, dark greens and purples. Take the time to sit and absorb the tranquillity.
If you want to enjoy the weather without going too far out of the City, Plantation Garden is a great place to visit.