Whether your group spends the whole day, or just an hour on the Estate, Lord and Lady Walpole hope you will have an enjoyable and memorable visit.
Mannington Estate is Norfolk’s hidden gem. Nestled away in the heart of the countryside sits Mannington Hall, originally built around 1460 for William Lumnor who was connected to the Paston family. It was sold to Horatio, first Lord Walpole in the middle of the 18th century, Horatio was the diplomat brother of Sir Robert Walpole, known as our first Prime Minister. He purchased the Wolterton estate and then Mannington to extend his landholding; but in the middle of the 19th century a member of the family abandoned Wolterton and came to Mannington and created a Victorian gentleman’s idea of a medieval house. The present Lord Walpole moved here in 1969 and it is still a Walpole family home today.
The renowned Heritage Rose Garden was created largely by Lord Walpole in the 1980s and has over 1,000 varieties of roses arranged in their date of origin. Along with the formal gardens there is also a wildflower meadow which has over 150 species of flora, with boardwalks and bird hides. You can also visit the ruins of a Saxon chapel and there is an outstanding array of native and foreign tree species. The gardens and bird hide are accessible by wheelchair.
Mannington Estate hosts many events throughout the year including theatre, vintage, music and family events. An educational programme for schools and nature club for children is run by full time Countryside wardens. There may be discounts available for group bookings. It is also a stunning venue for weddings and celebrations.
The extensive and varied gardens at Mannington Hall display all-year-round colour, and surround the medieval moated manor house. There is an outstanding rose collection, including the Heritage Rose Gardens in the old walled garden and orchard. Wildflowers are encouraged around the lakes and ruined church. Unusual trees and shrubs are featured throughout.
We suggest organisers discuss specific requirements with us before your visit. Visits are possible outside public opening season and times. In order to obtain your party rate, each group that you bring should book at least 2 weeks in advance, paying for a minimum of 15 people when the booking form is returned to us.
Mannington Gardens party rate entrance is from £5.00 (this may not be available on special days).
Visits can include a guided hall tour (from £4 per person plus garden entry fee), guided garden tour or a guided countryside tour (from £20 per group). (specialist talks eg; family history, portraits, textiles, natural history)
There is a small shop and The Greedy Goose cafe can cater for up to 60 people. It is advisable to book your catering requirements in advance.
In order to organise a party visit, please contact us.