Alby Crafts & Gardens

(Last visited February 2020)

I have visited here before but only to the tearoom – in February 2020, I had the chance to visit the four acre garden too. What a little gem! This is a perfect stop along the A140 between Aylsham and Cromer. The Artisan Café is utterly fab, there is a gift shop, wellbeing shop and then local crafts in the lower courtyard (I had the most fantastic chat with Willow Phoenix – living willow… amazing!).

I loved this place. It’s essentially a large garden (as a walk, it’s definitely ‘bijou’), but under 5s will love it and the grounds are accessible for pushchairs (all just grass) so it’s a perfect stop for a meet up if you have different aged kids. It was simply stunning in the sunshine. Beautiful peacocks wandering around too!

Apparently the Norfolk Children’s Book Centre up the road too –

🌿 Length of walk: short – 4 acres, 30 mins but great exploring
🌿 Café: Yes
🌿 Play area: No
🌿 Pushchair friendly: Yes but the ground is a bit waterlogged near the Hellebore and Red Beds
🌿 Dog friendly: Yes, on leads, even in the café
🌿 Toilets/baby change: Yes – in the cafe
🌿 Seats along walk: Yes
🌿 Entrance fee (to gardens): £2.50 per adult, kids free
🌿 Parking: Yes, free
🌿 Postcode: NR11 7QE (what3words ///cocoons.rooftop.cheered)
🌿 Opening times: Check website for Covid updates
– Summer: (late March to late October) Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm and Bank Holiday Mondays
– Winter: (late October to late March) Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm and Bank Holiday Mondays
– Closed Mondays
🌿 Website:

Posted in Cafe, Dogs allowed, North Norfolk.

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