The Garden Landscape Guide


Pensthorpe has two gardens both designed by Chelsea Gold Medal winners as well as woodland and wildflower meadows.  The Millenium Garden, designed by Piet Oudolf has swathes of herbeaceous perennials and ornamental grasses.  The Wave Garden, designed by Julie Toll, is a lakeside garden with meandering Luzula and yew hedging.


The Millennium Garden was designed by Piet Oudolf, the internationally acclaimed plantsman. His revolutionary style of naturalistic planting fits so perfectly into the landscape at Pensthorpe that it is difficult to see where the garden begins and ends. Deep borders of grasses and perennials planted in bold drifts create dramatic waves of texture and colour.

Pensthorpe Wildlife & Gardens, Fakenham, Norfolk, England, NR21 0LN

All year. Daily except Christmas. Open 10am to 5pm (4pm January to March).

Admission price includes access to the reserve, gardens, hides, lakes and conservation centre for the entire day Adults: £9.75 Seniors: £8.00 Children (4-16): £6.25 Access to the Courtyard Cafe, Gift Shop, Education Room and Play Area are free Schools and Groups are welcomed with packages available - call for further details Discovery Tour: allow approx 1hr Adult: £4.75 Children £3.75 Annual Membership Passes and gift vouchers available; just call for more information or visit out Gift Shop to enquire

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  • over 4 years by P Smith 5 / 5

    Disagree with previous comment.....Just visited Pensthorpe, even in the winter the gardens are looking great. Can't wait to go back later in the year to see them in full colour.

  • almost 5 years by Katrina Underwood 3 / 5

    Garden wise not really the place other than the Millenium garden designed by Piet Oudolf, which at the time of visiting August was looking absolutely "stunning"! The rest of the "garden" areas were not that interesting.
  • almost 7 years by Charlotte 5 / 5

    Wonderful to visit for both adults and children - the garden is lovely all year round - and there are the fantastic birds for the children - cranes, storks, flamingoes to name but a few!
  • over 7 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    What a wonderful relaxing place. Perfect to drift away and become inspired. I really liked the new hard landscaping in the Wave Garden with the promise of all the new bulbs being planted at the moment I will definatly visit again in the spring.
  • over 7 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    I have visited this garden(and surrounding nature reserve) a number of times since I heard Piet Oudolf had designed a garden there for the millenium. On a recent visit I noticed some new developments underway - really nice. Definitely worth a visit - a living growing garden!
  • almost 8 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    Beautiful gardens to wander around within a nature reserve. Lots of different types of planting with inspiring selection of perennials and grasses and wildflower meadows well worth a visit

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Pensthorpe Photograph © Pensthorpe
Millenium Garden in August, Pensthorpe Photograph © Pensthorpe
Millenium Garden in Autumn, Pensthorpe Photograph © Pensthorpe
Pensthorpe, Fakenham Photograph © Charlotte Weychan
Pensthorpe, Norfolk Photograph © Charlotte Weychan
Crane, Pensthorpe Photograph © Charlotte Weychan
Pensthorpe, Aerial Photograph © Pensthorpe
Millenium Garden, Pensthorpe Photograph © Pensthorpe
Pensthorpe, Autumn Photograph © Pensthorpe
Bog Planting, The Wave Garden Photograph © Pensthorpe
Water Lilies, Pensthorpe Photograph © Charlotte Weychan
Pensthorpe, Summer Photograph © Anthurium/Katrina Underwood
Pensthorpe, Summer 2011 Photograph © Anthurium/Katrina Underwood
Pensthorpe, October 2011 Photograph © Pensthorpe