Holkham Hall on the North Norfolk coast is steeped in history combining unspoilt coastline, big skies and open countryside. The magnificent 18th-century Palladian hall is home to the Earl of Leicester as well as a large herd of Fallow Deer that roam the park freely.
When you first step inside, the Marble Hall is a spectacular introduction with its 50ft dome ceiling and impressive staircase that leads up to the magnificent state rooms including the recently opened to the public Venetian Bedroom and The Old Servants’ Hall. The state rooms offer superb collections of ancient statues, original furniture, tapestries and paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Gaspar Poussin and Gainsborough.
The outside of Holkham Hall is surrounded by rolling parkland to enjoy and explore along nature trails and cycle routes and the boat hire on Holkham lake gives you a unique view of the house and grounds. The six acres of the walled garden offers a peaceful and tranquil setting to see the ongoing restoration project to sensitively restore the gardens to its former glory.
Holkham Hall’s Field to Fork Experience tells the story of the estate’s unique farming history where the ‘talking tools’ tell you what they were used for. With smells to sniff, buttons to press and drawers to open you and the children will really enjoy discovering farming without having to put your wellies on!
To also keep the children occupied is the woodland adventure play area and new high ropes course. Embark on a treetop adventure over wobbly crossings, swinging bridges, see-saws and zip wires to get you safely back on terra firma.
A varied summer events programme offers delights such as chamber music and opera in the Marble Hall, open-air concerts in the park and outdoor theatre in the courtyard. The on-site café and gift shop both showcase the work and produce of local artisan suppliers.