A beautiful place to unwind.

Every time we have travelled over to National Trust Oxburgh Hall in West Norfolk we have passed a brown tourist information sign saying ‘Gooderstone Water Gardens’, and each time we have said: “we must go there one day”. Well, that day, was this week!

Before we go in, a bit of history…

Gooderstone Water Gardens were designed (apparently on the back of a bit of wallpaper) and built by Billy Knights, a 70 year old retired farmer, in 1970. The site was originally a damp meadow for cattle, that got a bit too wet for grazing. Mr Knight’s son joked that it should be a water garden; and that’s exactly what Billy created! He worked on his gardens until he died at the age of 93.

Billy and his wife Florence loved their gardens, and sharing their beauty with others. However, the gardens closed and were unmaintained for 5 years until Billy and Florence’s daughter, Coral Hoyos began to restore them in April 2002, as a lasting tribute to her parents’ gardening work and dedication.

Gooderstone Water Gardens opened once again in June 2003.

We reached Gooderstone via Swaffham and the fabulously named Cockley Cley. There was plenty of parking and we placed our £5 (Adults £5, kids are FREE) in the Honesty Box. In we went…

We were greeted with a ‘Welcome Back’ sign (a result of recent lockdowns), and there is a well signposted one-way system to aid social distancing.