Helmingham Hall Gardens
Helmingham is famous for its Grade I listed gardens, re-designed by Lady Tollemache (a Chelsea gold medallist) and set in a 400 acre deer park, surrounding a moated Tudor hall. Visitors can see rare herds of red and fallow deer living in the wild, as well as enchanting herbaceous borders, the herb and knot gardens and the rose and wild gardens. A range of local food is served in the Coach House Tearooms, and the Stable Shops offer a wide range of local produce, plants and garden accessories, and local crafts. Special events are held throughout the year, including the Festival of Classic and Sports Cars, and the Suffolk Dog Day.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking onsite
- Fully accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open May-Sep, Tue-Thu, Sun & all BHs 12-5 plus special event days throughout the year
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About the area
Suffolk is Constable country, where the county’s crumbling, time-ravaged coastline spreads itself under wide skies to convey a wonderful sense of remoteness and solitude. Highly evocative and atmospheric, this is where rivers wind lazily to the sea and notorious 18th-century smugglers hid from the excise men. John Constable immortalised these expansive flatlands in his paintings in the 18th century, and his artwork raises the region’s profile to this day.
Walking is one of Suffolk’s most popular recreational activities. It may be flat but the county has much to discover on foot – not least the isolated Heritage Coast, which can be accessed via the Suffolk Coast Path. Southwold, with its distinctive, white-walled lighthouse standing sentinel above the town and its colourful beach huts and attractive pier features on many a promotional brochure. Much of Suffolk’s coastal heathland is protected as a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and shelters several rare creatures including the adder, the heath butterfly and the nightjar. In addition to walking, there is a good choice of cycling routes but for something less demanding, visit some of Suffolk’s charming old towns, with streets of handsome, period buildings and picturesque, timber-framed houses.
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