A large wonderful park, in the hands of the National Trust with
spectacular views of the coast and Norfolk countryside. Woodland walks
and magnificent collection of tree azaleas and rhododendron which are at
their best in late May and early June. The park was designed in 1812 by
Humphrey Repton, one of the great landscape gardeners who followed
Capability Brown. In all he created some 200 gardens and parks but it is
said that Sheringham was his favourite and ‘darling child’.
Repton's principal design was to plant newly imported species of
rhododendron and azaleas and this he achieved with great success.
Humphry Repton was the first to use the term "landscape
gardening" and is buried in the church at Aylsham with the
following Epitaph which he wrote himself "Norfolk Egyptian tyrants
consecrate; Unmixed with others shall my dust remain; But mold’ring
blending, melting into Earth; Mine shall give form and colour to the
Rose; And while its vivid blossoms cheer Mankind, Its perfumed odours
shall ascend to Heaven".The park was owned by Abbot Upcher the
owner of Sheringham Hall, who unfortunately never lived to see the
landscape work of the park completed. There are a three towers that can
be climbed to better appreciate the views and vista’s. A good visitors
centre and eatery and buggies available for the elderley.