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Discover - Wildlife, Family Fun Stunning Gardens, Great Shopping & Home Cooked Food

There are so many ways to enjoy the beautiful surroundings here at Pensthorpe. Whether you want to explore the great wildlife walks, learn about our conservation projects, indulge in a spot of retail therapy, take lunch in our Courtyard Café, or just enjoy some of the best local gardens and birdlife for miles around, there is something to suit every taste.



Pensthorpe takes it role as the 'Natural Centre of Norfolk' very seriously: supporting a wide range of conservation activities, and addressing the particular problems faced by a number of endangered and vulnerable species. Red squirrels, corncrakes, cranes and other rare birds have all benefited from assistance from the Pensthorpe Conservation Trust (PCT).


From the structural beauty of the Millennium Garden, to the lush foliage in the Wave Garden; the habitat-specific Wildlife Habitat Garden and the more subtle, traditionally-managed flood plain of the Wildflower Meadow, Pensthorpe is able to provide year round colour and interest.


Family Fun
Pensthorpe is a great place to get children involved in wildlife and the great outdoors. Not only is there a huge variety of birds and wildlife to spot, but families can choose from a range of activities to engage everyone whatever their age.

Feed the birds at one of our specialist locations, or try your hand at pond dipping to discover just how much fun is to be had in the countryside.

A range of new activity booklets also encourage children to explore the reserve and find out more about the plants, birds, animals and insects. Stamping stations posted throughout designated trails coax children's curiosity, whether you choose to follow the creepy-crawlies on the Bug Walk Trail, or the excitement of the Wildlife Tracker Trail.

Or if something a little less energetic is your thing, the Wensum Discovery Tour* allows you to explore the reserve from the comfort of our specially designed Land Rover and trailer. With up to four guided tours each day, there is ample opportunity to take advantage of the expert knowledge of our wardens.

*Seasonal Attraction, additional charge applies


What's Here
Pensthorpe is not just a great way to get close to nature and learn more about wildlife and conservation. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a little retail therapy too. Our superb gift shop offers some delightful and unusual options for presents that are so nice you won't want to give them away. Or just indulge yourself completely in our newly refurbished Courtyard Café, whether you fancy a tasty light snack, a scrumptious cream tea or a delicious, full lunchtime meal.