Norfolk Lavender is England’s Premier Lavender Farm and is an all-year round attraction offering distillery tours and guidance on how to look after your lavenders. They have nearly 100 acres of lavender under cultivation and the historical water mill is set in beautiful tranquil gardens. The summer season is the busiest and most vibrant when all the lavenders burst into flower and the air is full of the relaxing fragrance.
Founded in 1932, Norfolk Lavender is England’s premier lavender farm, renowned worldwide with nearly 100 acres of lavender under cultivation. Set in beautiful tranquil gardens a visit to Norfolk Lavender is a must for all visitors to the West Coast of Norfolk.
Norfolk Lavender is open all year round, with the summer season being the most vibrant when all of the lavenders burst into flower and the air is full of the relaxing fragrance. Visitors can book a tour with a Guide who will talk about the history of Norfolk Lavender, how the lavender is harvested and distilled to get the oil for Norfolk Lavender’s world famous perfume and toiletry range. Guided tours operate for most of the summer months.
The Lavender Gift Shop is full of Norfolk Lavender products, made from the farm’s own lavender oil, and many other wonderful gifts for all occasions.
In the Plant Centre you can find masses of rare and unusual lavenders for sale, such as Lavender Imperial Gem and Miss Katherine and an extensive selection of herbs, perennials and other treasures to take home for your own garden.
Norfolk Lavender Tearooms & Restaurant (The Lavender Lounge) is open all year round from 9am. It provides a a tempting variety of teas and coffees. Cakes, scones, cream teas, light snacks and sandwiches are also on offer. A selection of home made hot dishes are cooked to order and served daily. On Sundays there is a very popular carvery, with a choice of roasts.
Excite your senses in the Herb Garden, which is filled with over 50 different herbs from woade (which the ancient Britons used to colour themselves blue with) to pineapple sage (which tastes wonderful on pork). The herbs are laid out in the style of an old monastry/physic garden and you can touch and smell the different types. Many of the herbs are available in the Plant Centre.
Norfolk Lavender is the holder of the first National Collection of Lavenders and has over 50 different varieties arranged in planted beds showing the differences between types, which will hopefully help you choose the right one for your garden.
The large grounds and gardens over the river have been entirely revitalised with large beds showing the use of lavender within a garden setting and with other plants. Although the sight and scent of lavender continues to dominate the 18 acres of grounds their vibrant flowers are balanced by a host of other plants chosen for a long season of interest. A new network of paths has been created connecting the planted borders, whilst in the bamboo wood a collection of over 20 varieties from Norfolk Bamboo await you.
A spectacular new indoor soft play centre for children aged 0 to 12 years just opened at Norfolk Lavender probably the largest in East Anglia occupying a huge 8,000 square feet! A crazy fun filled maze of slides, tunnels, rope swings, walkways and bridges! There's even drop slides where you have the sensation of a sheer drop, not for the faint hearted! Plus a dedicated toddlers area where the younger children can play safely.
You will also find a café, restaurant, farm shop and artisan outlets.