Fullers Mill

Fullers Mill is a tranquil waterside and woodland plantsman’s paradise.

Fullers Mill is a tranquil waterside and woodland plantsman’s paradise.

Fullers Mill is an enchanting and tranquil seven-acre creation on the banks of the River Lark. It combines a beautiful site of light dappled woodland with a plantsman’s collection of unusual shrubs, perennials, lilies and marginal plants. It is a garden of truly year-round interest. The garden was created by the late Bernard Tickner MBE (1924-2017). He moved to Fullers Mill in 1958 and spent over 50 years creating the garden you see today from rough scrub and woodland.

In 2004, Bernard and his wife Bess donated the garden to The Fullers Mill Trust, a registered charity, which was established to manage the garden and to ensure its future. In 2013, the garden was gifted to Perennial, for its long-term preservation. Our team of gardeners and volunteers now maintain the garden for the enjoyment of visitors from April to October.

Plan your trip


Opening times for


Groups (6+) are welcome by prior arrangement. Please email fullersmillgarden@perennial.org.uk to discuss your visit.



Partially Open



  • On Site Parking
  • Toilets
  • Gift Shop
  • Cafe
  • Plants Sales
  • Toilets


Fullers Mill garden’s uneven surfaces, grassed areas, proximity to water and sloping ground limit disabled access to some areas. Disabled toilet and Bothy Tea Room are fully accessible.

  • Wheelchair Access

    Please be advised the garden can be difficult for visitors who are solely reliant on a wheelchair - please see above for specific garden details.

    The companion of a disabled visitor is admitted free of charge.

  • Assistance Dogs

    To help us preserve its charm, the garden only allows assistance dogs.

    We are sorry we can’t admit family dogs or other pets.


  • Bothy Tea Room

    Tea, coffee and delicious cakes are available to purchase from our serving area and enjoyed on the lawn or under the covered seating area in the garden.

    We’re sorry, but picnics are not permitted in the garden, however we’re surrounded by the beautiful Kings Forest where your picnic can be enjoyed.

  • Opening times

    14:00 - 16:30

    Friday to Sunday
    11:00 - 16:30


Once you’ve toured the garden, don't forget to visit our lovely plant sales area and fabulous gift shop stocked with seasonal cards, stationery and gifts.

  • Gift shop

    The perfect place to find something special including gifts for the home and garden. We stock a large range of contemporary giftware, cards, stationery and gifts for gardeners.

    Check out our range of Fullers Mill inspired gifts, new for the 2024 season.

  • Plant sales

    Plants are available for sale in the plant sales area, including some which have been propagated from the garden.

  • Online shop

    You can also shop our full range of hundreds of cards and gifts in our online shop.

How to travel to Fullers Mill


Fullers Mill
West Stow
Bury St Edmunds
IP28 6HD


Fullers Mill is 5 miles north-west of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. Turn off the A1101 (Bury to Mildenhall road) signposted West Stow Anglo Saxon Village. Continue for 1.5 miles and the entrance is clearly marked. Limited parking is available on site.


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