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BRESSINGHAM GARDENS AND STEAM MUSEUM
The gardens and steam museum have something for everyone of all ages, whether you are a keen gardener, train enthusiast, Dad’s army fan or whether you are just looking for somewhere to entertain the family the Bressingham Gardens and Steam museum should fit the bill.
The site has several elements to it. The garden centre and cafe are free to go round, that is unless you are tempted to purchase something for your garden or stop for something to eat. The steam museum, whilst bordering on to the garden centre requires an admission ticket. Additionally the garden also requires an admission ticket.
THE GARDEN CENTRE
Easily recognised from the road by it’s pavilioned design, it was first opened in 1984. The centre has grown from a small retail nursery into a gardening mecca with a reputation as a centre for herbaceous perennials continues, a great many of which are raised at the Blooms family nursery nearby. A wide selection of alpines, grasses and perennials are grown on site.
The restaurant serves top quality home-made food and shopping includes not only everything imaginable for the garden but also a wide array of gifts.
A trip to the locomotive sheds brings the power and the glory of mighty steam engineering up close where you can marvel at yesterday’s technology. The museum also houses the National Dad’s Army collection and lets you wander through Walmington-on-Sea looking at original props and vehicles from the series.
Within the museum grounds you can ride on the three railways hauled by a collection of working locomotives. The circular tracks take you round the gardens and woodland. You will also find a steam powered Victorian carousel which is a great hit for children and adults alike.
The Bressingham Gardens are renowned worldwide for their horticultural excellence. Privately owned by the Bloom family, Adrian Bloom and his father Alan have each created a six acre garden, the Dell and Foggy Bottom.
Together with four linking gardens, there are now 8,000 species and varieties on display in 17 acres.