The grandest of gardens

With our Great Savings Guide you can get two for one tickets on a visit to the stunning gardens at Helmingham Hall – a must if you’re visiting Suffolk and the surrounding areas

Such a magical place! Of course, it helps if you visit on a sunny day in May (as we did), or any month (as we were told plenty of other folk do – just keep an eye on developments through the seasons).

Helmingham Hall Gardens are Grade I listed, which means they’re of ‘exceptional interest’. These are renowned 16th-century individual gardens that make up the whole and include Knot, Walled, Coach House, Woodland and the Parterre and Hybrid Musk with a surrounding Rose Garden (of which there are two). It’s all absolutely immaculate and thoroughly relaxing too.

If you think it sounds all too cultivated, you can also expect to see lots of wild flora and fauna.

The entire estate has been home to the Tollemache family for well over 500 years. A moated home at that, the main Tudor house, or hall, is not open to the public (the Tollemache family still live there), but the gardens and grounds more than compensate. 

You’re welcome to walk beyond the Gardens, too. There’s the Apple Walk, Wildflower Meadow, a 400-acre Deer Park, Obelisk and St Mary’s Church.

You’ll doubtless want to top off your visit with a light lunch (as we did) or afternoon tea in the correspondingly grand Wright’s Café, which spills out into the courtyard, where the other coach house buildings host pop-up shops and more.

We stayed at the Club’s Cherry Hinton Site on the outskirts of Cambridge with an easy-going one-plus hour’s drive east to Helmingham Hall Gardens (it’s a slightly shorter journey from White House Beach Site on the coast at Kessingland). 

Various events take place here, too, such as live music, open evenings from June through to August plus, we were told that the Illuminated Garden Trails in November-December are pretty spectacular. The main gardens are open until the 30th September 2024 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays 10:00am - 5:00pm with extra events going on until December but please note that opening times on event days may vary.

With easy parking just a short walk into the grounds and well-behaved dogs also welcome, why not pay a visit to Helmingham Hall this summer? With the Great Savings Guide Club members can get two for one tickets (not available on Event Days), find out more and how to redeem this great offer by visiting the Helmingham Hall Gardens Great Savings Guide offer page.

Please visit for vouchers, discount codes and pre-booking where relevant, as well as terms and conditions. Please check site and attraction opening dates and times before visiting/travelling.

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