Enjoy days out on the beautiful
North Norfolk Coast
Perennially popular with royalty, North Norfolk has more than its fair share of stately homes many of which are open to the public – perfect for a day trip, especially if the weather is under par. Here are just a few of our favourites:
Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1AB
Tel: 01328 710227
At the centre of a thriving 25,000-acres agricultural estate, Holkham Hall was built in the Palladian style for Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester in the 18th century. Take a tour and be impressed by its spectacular Marble Halls, state rooms and impressive art collection. Hire a bike and cycle the estate, row a boat on the lake or let the kids let off steam on the woodland play area.
Tel: 01485 545408
Built in 1870 by the Prince and Princess of Wales, later King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, Sandringham has been passed through four generations of British monarchs and is now the country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. The house, centred in the 8,000-hectare estate, is open to the public providing a unique insight into the history and lives of the Royal family.
Oxburgh Hall, Garden and Estate
King’s Lynn PE33 9PS
Tel: 01366 328258
A romantic, moated manor house built in the 15th century by the Bedingfield family, who still live here. Tracing history from medieval times to the modifications made by the Victorian era, there is a rare opportunity to see an embroidery by Mary, Queen of Scots. Visit the gardens, which include a French parterre and woodland walks, and visit the secluded Catholic chapel.
King’s Lynn PE31 6UE
Tel: 01485 528569
Built by Great Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, Houghton Hall was passed to the Cholmondeley through marriage at the end of the eighteenth century. Explore the Hall with its great staircase, marble parlour, State bedrooms and red velvet saloon before enjoying the gardens and don’t miss The Soldier Museum, the largest private collection of model soldiers in the world.
Garden and Park, Blickling NR11 6NF
Tel: 01263 738030
Once the home of the Boleyn family, the Blickling Estate is one of Norfolk’s favourite visitor attractions. A fantastic Jacobean house and garden, the estate also provided the location for top secret work by the RAF during the Second World War – come and find out more at Blickling Hall.