The Garden Guide

Gooderstone Water Gardens

Gooderstone Water Gardens is a 6 and a half acre water garden with a stream, four ponds and flowing waterways spanned by thirteen bridges. It was created by a retired farmer in 1970. The site was previously a flat, treeless, wet meadow; too damp for cattle to graze. The garden is planted in a natural style, with trees, shrubs and moisture loving perennials.

Head Gardener's Comment

This very natural six acre garden sits well in the Norfolk countryside, nothing jars but there is plenty to move the senses. The naturalistic planting, clear flowing water, wind in the trees and abundant bird song create a haven of peacefulness. Combining native and cultivated plants in informal beds we are endeavouring to further enhance this atmospheric garden.

Photograph © Gooderstone Water Gardens
Photograph © Gooderstone Water Gardens
Photograph © Gooderstone Water Gardens


Billy Knights, with no training but great enthusiasm began his garden in 1970 according to his own taste; his likes & dislikes were not dictated by fashion. When he died aged 93 in 1994 he left behind an entrancing 6-acre garden. From the natural stream he created ponds and waterways spanned by thirteen bridges, in what was a flat and treelees wet meadow. With the additional 8-acre Nature Trail and Kingfisher hide it's truly a haven for people and wildlife.

Plants of note

Day lilies
Eupatorium (joe pye wee)
Reed mace
Wild flowers

The Street, Gooderstone, King's Lynn, Norfolk, England, PE33 9BP

GARDEN: All year. Daily. Open 10:30am to 5pm (or dusk if earlier). Tearoom closed until further notice due to Covid-19

Adults £7.00, Seniors £6.50, Children 6-16 yrs £2.00, 5 and under Free, Reductions for Group bookings. Visitors in Wheelchair: User of own wheelchair and their pusher charged as one person for admission. Users of electric wheelchairs or buggies £3.50 admission. There is a wheelchair available to hire, but must be booked beforehand please.

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