Contact 01263 584175 -- -- Mannington Hall, Norwich, NR11 7BB

Lord and Lady Walpole invite you to enjoy walks, trails, gardens and many special events.

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The gardens around this medieval moated manor house feature a wide variety of plants, trees (around 50 varieties) and shrubs in many different settings. Throughout the gardens are thousands of roses, especially classic varieties. In the Heritage and Modern Rose Gardens are roses in areas with designs reflecting their date of origin from the fifteenth century to the present day. Work continues to replant areas which were planted in the 1980s. Complementary planting of other species to fit in with the dated gardens continues every year. The Contemporary Garden features more roses, shrubs and herbaceous borders with brighter colours and modern varieties. Near to the Hall is a knot garden with scented plants and on the South Lawn is a classical temple and the recently planted Sensory Garden with plants selected for touch, sound and taste, as well as smell and colour. Between the wood walk and the 20th Century Garden has been developed with an amazing stump garden where ferns are being encouraged. A shady area designed as a garden for the less able, with raised beds and an unusual water feature, can be found near the vegetable garden. Wildflowers are encouraged around the landscaped lakes and in the Chapel Garden, where follies surround the ancient ruins of Mannington Church. Thanks to a grant from English Heritage substantial work was carried out in 2009. Mannington Gardens Shop is stocked with souvenirs, crafts, drinks and snacks, as well as plants. Amber's Bell tents are available at Mannington Gardens.


A wide variety of habitats may be accessed by following an extensive network of way-marked public and permissive footpaths. These trails take you into ancient and coppice woodland, wet wildflower meadows, unimproved grassland, and green lanes and reveal many historic buildings. There is an arboretum of native trees only a short walk from the visitor centre.

A boardwalk gives access to a 4.3 hectare wet wildflower meadow rich in wildlife. Hunting barn owls, harvest mice, 75 species of plants and abundant butterflies are just some of the things to be seen. An observation hide with wheelchair access looks across a tranquil stretch of water where edible frogs, kingfishers, and otters may be seen. Please take special care near veteran trees and all water courses.

Walks and Car Park:

Car Parks and toilets are available at Mannington everyday 9am - dusk.

Car Park £2.00 (free for garden visitors).

Wheelchair accessible lavatories are available.

DOGS ON LEADS are allowed on our countryside walks.

Care must be taken as electric fences are used. All grazing is let and livestock are not owned by the Estate.

nature walks

Special nature walks can be booked with the Countryside Warden. Bluebells, wildflowers, fungi and a range of other subjects can be your focus. We welcome school parties of all ages.

Itteringham village shop

Just over a mile from Mannington Hall is a community run shop in the heart of Itteringham village. It proudly sells some of Norfolk's most tasty award winning local food. The shop and cafe are open 7 days a week for morning coffee, light lunches and afternoon teas.

The Post Office is open Mon and Thurs 9-1.

Tel 01263 587325

nature discovery days for children

The Mannington Minnows Nature Club runs in the school holidays  (usually Tuesdays and Thursdays) for children from 6 years old. The children take part in a number of outdoor activities, games and crafts, including pond dipping, den building, and learning about insects, butterflies, flora and fauna.


The gardens around the medieval moated manor feature a wide variety of plants, trees and shrubs in different settings. Throughout the gardens are many roses, especially classic varieties. In the Heritage and Modern Rose Gardens are roses in areas with designs reflecting their date and origin. Work continues to replant areas planted in the 1980s. On the South Lawn is a classic temple and the Sensory Garden with water feature and plants selected for touch, sound and taste, scent and colour.

Wildflowers are encouraged around the landscaped lakes and in the 'Chapel Garden' where follies surround the ancient ruins of Mannington Church.

The Hall was built in 15th Century, purchased by Horatio Walpole in 18th Century, and is still a family home today.

Opening from 15th April 2018.

Sundays 12 noon - 5pm

Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 11am - 5pm

       £6.00 for adults

       £5.00 for concessions

Accompanied children under 16 free.


Season Tickets:

       £30.00 for families

       £18.00 for single

Includes car parking and unlimited visits to the gardens at Mannington during normal opening hours. Discounted rates for events.


The ground floor of the Hall is often included in garden tours (please see local information) and on special event days, including the Vintage Fair and Fairy Tales and Fables Day. Both floors are open on Charity Day.

party visits

Whether your group spends the whole day, or just an hour on the Estate, Lord and Lady Walpole hope you will have an enjoyable and memorable visit.

The extensive and varied gardens at Mannington Hall display all-year-round colour, and surround the medieval moated manor house. There is an outstanding rose collection, including the Heritage Rose Gardens in the old walled garden and orchard. Wildflowers are encouraged around the lakes and ruined church. Unusual trees and shrubs are featured throughout.

We suggest organisers discuss specific requirements with us before your visit. Visits are possible outside public opening season and times. In order to obtain your party rate, each group that you bring should book at least 2 weeks in advance, paying for a minimum of 15 people when the booking form is returned to us.

Mannington Gardens party rate entrance is from £4.50 (this may not be available on special days).

Hall tours for special interest groups is from £7.00 (this includes garden entrance)

Click here for Party Booking Form

greedy goose tearooms

Refreshments are available in the tea rooms during garden opening hours. Talented chef Helen Lewis provides an interesting range of mainly locally sourced food, with many homemade treats including her well known cream teas, cakes and biscuits, with specially made picnics and food to take away. Indoor and outdoor seating is available. She also caters for private dining, bespoke hampers and seasonal food gifts with the option of house and garden tours or talks. Special terms for walkers and cyclists. No car park charge for tearoom visitors.

your visit

At Mannington, the Information Centre has maps and trail guides on sale, along with a selection of gifts, souvenirs, books, container-grown roses and other plants.

Most of the gardens are accessible by wheelchair and there are seats at regular intervals. A Boardwalk through a meadow provides access to the countryside and our wheelchair-accessible bird hide.

Tours with Lord and Lady Walpole and the Countryside Warden can be arranged all year round, during the daytime and in the evenings. We cater for all age groups. Specialist themed tours, such as the family history, portraits, textiles and natural history can be arranged with prices from £15.00.

A varied special events programme with music, drama and lectures, as well as outdoor events, takes place and group bookings may be available at reduced rates.

To book a party visit or for any enquiries, please write to:

Mannington Hall, Norwich ,Norfolk, NR11 7BB.

telephone: 01263 584175 (the answerphone will be in use when the telephone is not manned)


thesaracen's head

The Saracen's Head is a beautiful Georgian Inn, a short drive from Mannington Hall. It is open for coffee, lunch and supper 7 days a week throughout the summer months.

Lunch is served from 12 noon.

Supper from 6.30pm.

Walkers and cyclists are most welcome.

There is also accommodation.

For bookings at the Saracen's Head, contact 01263 768909.