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, 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


Sightings at Pensthorpe – 19th May 2024

Wensum Valley Birdwatching Society visited Pensthorpe on 19th May 2024. Here’s their report.   Pensthorpe Report 19th May   It was a bright start to the day with the promise of a warm day to come. There was nothing unexpected in the car park or on the drive but a pair of Pied Wagtail was… Read more »

Donna Hodds

May 23, 2024

Gertrude - the 70 year old flamingo has become a bit of a celebrity


Gertrude – she’s famous don’t you know!

Have you met Gertrude as yet? She’s becoming a bit of a local celebrity. Gertrude, one of our 62 flamingos at Pensthorpe, has recently hit the news for laying her first egg at nearly 70 years of age. She has been unlucky in love until this season. Sadly, Gertrude’s egg was not fertile and therefore… Read more »

Donna Hodds

May 22, 2024

Pensthorpe Named One of the UK’s Best New Campsites for 2024 by The Guardian


Pensthorpe Named One of the UK’s Best New Campsites for 2024 by The Guardian

Pensthorpe, a renowned nature reserve located just 11 miles from the stunning North Norfolk coast, has been recognised as one of the UK’s best new campsites for 2024 by The Guardian. This exciting accolade comes as Pensthorpe prepares to welcome guests to its brand-new pop-up camping and glamping site this summer. Starting from July 9th… Read more »

Donna Hodds

May 22, 2024