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


Flamingo health check

This February the decision was made to catch our flock of 56 greater flamingos at Pensthorpe. One of our two year old chicks had a lump on his head that we wanted the vet to check out and we decided it would be an excellent opportunity to catch the whole flock to give them all… Read more »

Nikki Gutierrez

March 3, 2023


Bird flu hasn’t stopped me smiling

On February 4th 2021 I was perched of the side of the Sierra Negra mountains in Cape Verde collecting biometric data of red billed tropic birds and deploying GPS trackers. I was blissfully unaware of the events occurring back at Pensthorpe. I knew there were still cases of avian influenza being reported daily in the… Read more »

Nikki Gutierrez

February 7, 2023


World Wetlands Day

World Wetlands Day is celebrated on 2nd February each year, to raise global awareness about Wetlands and the vital role they play for people and the planet. Wetlands are amazing, they sustain life; teem with biodiversity; naturally filter pollutants; store carbon and provide vital flood protection from storms. They are dynamic and ever changing throughout the… Read more »

Nikki Gutierrez

February 2, 2023