Normanby Hall is set amongst 300 acres of parkland, woodland, duck ponds and deer park.
The three hundred acres of parkland and woodland at Normanby have something to offer every day of the year. Experience the changing seasons from carpets of snowdrops and daffodils in spring to spectacular rhododendrons in summer and glorious leaf colour in autumn.
The Victorian Walled Garden is a treat for any garden lover. Restored in 1997 to its late Victorian splendour, the garden is a nostalgic journey to the heyday of kitchen gardening. Visit recreations of working and living areas in the potting shed, bothy, and head gardener’s office.
Victorian vegetable, flower and trainer fruit varieties are grown using traditional organic techniques. In the glasshouses visitors can see exotic ornamentals and luxury fruits like grapes and peaches.
Glasshouses line the one acre garden on its warmest, south facing wall. The remainder is divided in to four large vegetable plots by broad gravel paths.
Double herbaceous borders line the central pathway. It is also spanned by wrought iron hoops supporting roses, clematis and honeysuckle. Trained apples and pears grow on the hoops over the main crossing path and also on the garden walls.
The Peach Case is home to fan-trained peaches and nectarines. It also houses our collection of Victorian and scented leaf pelargoniums. In the Vinery, Victorian varieties of grapes grow on a single rod system and on benches there is a good collection of Victorian and species fuchsias. Tender vegetables, like tomatoes and aubergines, grow in the beds and on the rear wall are passionflowers and the beautiful Clematis Florida ‘Alba’. Outside the Vinery in summer there is a superb sub-tropical bedding display with cannas, palms, dahlias and caster oil plants, among many other species.
In the Fern House there are displays of tender ferns and orchids. The Display House is home to exotic ornamentals from all over the world, many of them rare.
The Walled Garden is open daily from 10.30am. Last admission 4.30pm (summer), 3.30pm (winter)
The deer park has been home to herds of red deer (Cervus elaphus) and fallow deer (Dama dama) for around 250 years. You are welcome to walk through the public area of the deer park from January to the end of September, although we ask that you stay out of the deer sanctuary and the fishing lake area.
The red deer, the largest land animals to be found wild in Britain, are easily recognisable with their reddish-brown coats. The shyer fallow deer have pale beige coats, spotted with white.
In October you can hear the male deer roar and clash antlers when the dominant male tries to keep all others away from his females during the mating period. The males lose their antlers around March, so you can see the new ones developing through until August. The young are born in June and July when the mothers find a quiet spot to give birth. Throughout the summer you will see the youngsters running around the deer park.
Please note that there is no public access through the deer park during October, November and December.
With a well stocked lake that is open from 1 January to 30 September, Normanby is the perfect venue for fishing enthusiasts. The lake is open from 9am until the park closes.
With level banks and a platform, the lake is especially suited to teaching children to fish.
The lake has 20 pegs and is teeming with a variety of fish species. Current fish stocks include:
Day fishing tickets cost £5 per adult and £4 per child. Children under the age of 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Day tickets can only be purchased by prior arrangement by contacting Mr Lawrence on 01724 732309 / 07580455501.
Fishing season tickets are also available for a cost of £45. They can also be bought directly from Mr Lawrence on 01724 732309 / 07580455501.
Rules for fishing
The woodland contains superb mature beeches, oaks and sweet chestnuts. There are also more unusual species like the Tulip Tree and the Handkerchief Tree. Close to the Hall is a magnificent Evergreen or Holm Oak, Quercus ilex. The tree is a rarity this far north and its lower branches are worn smooth by the generations of children playing on it. You’ll also find dozens of species of birds, butterflies and wild flowers in the woodland and in autumn, unusual types of fungi.
A path has been installed through the woodland to make the area accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
Visiting Normanby today, it is easy to forget that this was once a private house, the centre of a large estate and the focus of a community. The Hall shows how the owner and his family lived, but little remains to show aspects of the life of servants on the estate.
The Normanby servant’s trail has been designed to enable you to discover some of the less obvious aspects of life at Normanby such as where the family’s bread and ice came from, the origins of the model railway, where the laundry was done, the servant’s routes around the park, where the estate fire engine was stored, and the importance of the horses and dogs to the estate.
You can download the servant’s trail map below to help you find your way around the park. This trail is also available from the Gift Shop.