Stody Lodge Gardens

A collection of over 200 varieties of rhododendron and azalea with avenues and pathways lined with magnolia, camellia, mature and specimen trees and carpets of spring bulbs.

Melton Constable, Norfolk, NR24 2EW

Stody Lodge Gardens in Norfolk

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Free for members
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Easily accessible without car
  • Free parking
  • Garden only
  • Mostly wheelchair accessible
  • Pet friendly
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Stody Lodge Gardens bursts into spectacular colour each spring thanks to its collection of over 200 varieties of rhododendrons and azaleas.

Spread over 14-acres, its avenues and winding pathways are also lined with magnolias, camellias, mature and specimen trees and carpets of spring bulbs. There is also magnificent yew hedging and expansive lawns to enjoy.

Stody is renowned for its magical 4-acre Azalea Water Gardens. This remarkable garden is hidden within a dark Scots Pine forest and is filled with over 2,000 brightly coloured azalea mollis plants. It is widely believed to be the largest single planting of azalea mollis in the UK. The scent and colour is overwhelming and a walk through the gardens’ gravel pathways, over bridges and by the lake, is an unforgettable experience.

Opening Times


Open on various dates in May:

Sunday 1st May: 1pm – 5pm

Sunday 8th May: 1pm – 5pm – The Stody Family Fun Day

Sunday 15th May: 1pm – 5pm

Wednesday 18th May: 1m – 5pm – open in aid of the National Garden Scheme

Thursday 19th May: 1pm – 5pm

Friday 20th May: 1pm – 5pm

Sunday 22nd May: 12pm – 5pm – The Stody Classic Vehicle Day

Monday 23rd – Friday 27th May inclusive: 1pm – 5pm

Sunday 29th May – 1pm – 5pm

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times


Historic Houses members visit for free.

Non-members: £7.

Group Visits

Groups are welcome to visit the gardens by appointment.

Home made teas can be provided.

Please contact Ruth Keen on 01263 860254 or email

Educational Visits

The Estate hosts over 500 primary school children from around the country each year for a fun and interactive day trip.

Children are taken on a farm tour, visiting and discussing every part of the Estate’s operations, and are provided with complimentary farm produce for the packed lunch.

Contact for more information:

01263 860 572

  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Stody Lodge Gardens is looked after by two permanent gardeners throughout the year - they are very busy with such a large garden but we welcome in local garden support staff for six weeks prior to the garden opening to ensure it is immaculate for our visitors. This is a private family garden so inevitably some time is also spent retrieving footballs and moving trampolines out of sight!

Stody Lodge Gardens long walk

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