Beside the A17, Terrington St. Clement, Kings Lynn, Norfolk
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This popular visitors attraction is situated just off the A17, just 5 miles from King's Lynn, in a place called Terrington St. Clement. The village itself is worth a stop-off, if you like exploring villages, but the African Violet Visitors Centre is certainly worth a stop. It has plenty for all you green-fingered dooyooers out there, and I find it a handy pull in place for refreshments on the way to the coast. If ever you have been lucky enough to visit the Chelsea Flower Show and thought "What lovely African Violets!" (Which I'm sure you have!!!) Well, the chances are that they have probably had something to do with this Centre, as the guys and gals here have been winning all sorts of gold medals at the Show since 1987. I was actually suprised at how large the centre actually is, for a specific centre-title as it has. There is certainly more to the African Violet Centre than you would think! There was a huge variety of house plants, shrubbery, trees, bulbs, as well as all manner of terracotta pots and stoneware to plant them in! The Visitors Centre itself is fairly interesting, though I think you would really have to know your stuff to appreciate it further. Personally, I don't know a begonia from a geranium, I only went because the wife dragged me along with my cheque book! We also dragged our toddler along too, and I was suprised and delighted to find that there is actually a small children's play area, so I was able to keep her amused for a while. I also noticed that as well as it being quite accessible to pushchairs, wheelchair access was made a priority too. We didn't stay for long enough to sample the delights of the coffee shop, but it looked quite tempting to me - there were several specialist coffees which I quite liked the sound of. As with Caithness Crystal (see similar review), the admission is free, and this attraction is used for a coach trip refreshment point, so expect yo ur peace to be shattered from time to time by a coach load of old dears!