What will you discover?

Take a look around our 700 acre family-friendly nature reserve, less than an hour’s drive from Norwich.

More than a nature reserve

If you’re looking to soak up some serenity in our gardens, spot wonderous wildlife in the nature reserve, munch tasty treats in our cosy café or watch your little chicks run wild in awesome adventure play areas, Pensthorpe is the place to make it happen.

Explore Pensthorpe

Nature Reserve

Packed with habitats, teeming with flora and fauna, our species-rich, internationally recognised nature reserve is ready and waiting – whether you want to huddle in a bird hide or have an off-road adventure.


With four fabulous gardens to explore, Pensthorpe is one of the best places in Norfolk to satisfy green-fingered gurus and horticultural enthusiasts. It’s where you can unwind and admire to your heart’s content. Bloomin’ marvellous!

Family Fun

Knee high to a grasshopper? No problem! From outdoor adventures to indoor play, at Pensthorpe there are plenty of activities designed just for kids – and others that your brood will run wild for, whatever their age.

Courtyard Café

With a selection of drinks, snacks, light lunches and freshly prepared hot meals, our café makes the perfect pitstop during your day out. It’s where you can warm up with a hearty breakfast, stop off for a Sunday roast, or tuck into an afternoon tea in the courtyard. Don’t have time to explore the park? No problem. Our café is open to the public – no ticket required – and dogs are welcome too.

Latest News


Ruffs in the wader aviary

It’s a flurry of activity in the wader aviary at the moment with avocet, shoveler, turtle dove and bearded tit chicks and the ruff displaying with their elegant plumage. Male ruff have large colourful manes of feathers around their necks and shoulders, which provided the inspiration for their name. In the spring male ruff converge… Read more »

Chris Donaldson

July 4, 2023


Volunteers’ Week 2023 – A Celebration of the Hard Work and Dedication of Volunteers

Volunteers Week is a national celebration of the hard work and dedication of volunteers across the UK. This year, Volunteers Week takes place from 1-7 June. Volunteers make a vital contribution to our communities. They work in a wide range of settings, from schools and hospitals to charities and community groups. They give their time,… Read more »

Chris Donaldson

May 31, 2023


World Curlew Day

World Curlew Day is a global awareness day that celebrates the curlew, a large wading bird that is found in many parts of the world. The day is held on April 21st, which is the feast day of Saint Beuno, the patron saint of curlews. Curlews are beautiful and iconic birds. They are known for… Read more »

Chris Donaldson

April 21, 2023