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.

Wild About the Wensum 2019 at Pensthorpe Natural Park. Photo : Steve Adams.

Latest News


Release of endangered bird species at Sandringham Estate

A milestone for partners in large scale curlew release We’re pleased to announce that the Eurasian curlews that experts from our Pensthorpe Conservation Trust team hand reared from incubation in a purpose built facility were released at Sandringham Estate in the presence of HRH Prince of Wales yesterday (27th July 2021). This was a huge milestone… Read more »

Chris Donaldson

July 28, 2021


Volunteers’ Week 2021

Learn more about our super team of volunteers! This week was Volunteers’ week; a week to recognise and appreciate the hard work and contribution carried out by individuals all across the UK; we’re marking this week by celebrating the hard work of our wonderful group of volunteers we currently have as part of our Pensthorpe… Read more »

Chris Donaldson

June 6, 2021


20 Star Plants

The Millennium Garden’s top 20 plants We’re celebrating 20 years of the stunning Millennium Garden – our wild, one-acre contemporary landscape designed by world-renowned Dutch plantsman, Piet Oudolf. There may be hundreds of plants set within the colourful borders but which ones are the stars to look out for? Head Gardener, Jonathan Pearce, gives us his top 20.… Read more »

Chris Donaldson

August 28, 2020