Before You Visit

Here’s a few bits of information to help you get organised for your day out…



Dogs are allowed in our Courtyard Hub, however not inside our Courtyard Café or Gift Shop. Unfortunately, unless they are assistance dogs, dogs cannot enter the main reserve or adventure play areas either. As a nature reserve we need to consider the welfare and well-being of our captive, resident and visiting species.

Our car park does not currently offer any decent shade and it doesn’t take long for a dog to suffer in a car, so please do not leave your dog in the car. Please leave your dog at home, or at a day kennel so you can have cuddles when you’ve returned from your day out with us. Waggtails are just 5 miles away from the Pensthorpe estate and offer boarding for your dog while you visit us. Please contact Fiona Wagg on 01485 528310.

Gardeners World 2 for 1

This year we have taken the decision to withdraw from the Gardeners World 2 for 1 offer. In line with the Terms & Conditions of the offer, we are no longer accepting the Gardeners World cards (as of April 15th 2017).

If you wish to visit us several times a year, our Annual Membership is very affordable, with additional perks including exclusive members newsletters and offers, as well as 10% off in our Courtyard Café and Gift Shop, every time you visit.

New Developments

We are working on opening up a new part of the reserve for this coming Autumn/Winter, including a brand new bird hide overlooking a recently planted reed bed which is already teeming with wildlife. This opens up a new area of Pensthorpe which will offer many new opportunities for observing and photographing waders and wetlands species. Stay up to date with developments by signing up to our newsletter.

What to wear

We recommend good outdoor clothing and walking shoes to make the most of our nature trails and further afield Wildflower Meadow. Norfolk is one of the driest counties in the UK but that doesn’t stop the odd rainfall here, so bring a pair of wellies and umbrella just in case. You can always leave them in the car for emergency use!

We have a wonderful little stream running through WildRootz, our outdoor play area, which kids love to splash and jump about in. Plenty of children and adults take their shoes and socks off in the summer, but please play safe as this is at your own risk. Why not bring a towel and a spare change of socks and shoes, especially if you have children who like to make a big splash!