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Holkham Hall

Type:Historic House / Palace

Holkham Estate, Wells-next- the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1AB

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About

Holkham is a special place where a stunning coastal landscape meets one of England’s great agricultural estates. At the heart of this thriving 25,000 acre estate on the north Norfolk coast, stands Holkham Hall, an elegant 18th century Palladian style house, based on designs by William Kent and built by Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester. The house remains privately-owned and is the home to the Earls of Leicester.

The Marble Hall is a spectacular introduction to this imposing building, with its 50ft pressed plaster dome ceiling and walls of English alabaster, not marble as its name implies. Stairs lead to magnificent state rooms displaying superb collections of ancient statuary, original furniture, tapestries and paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Claude, Gaspar Poussin and Gainsborough.

New for 2018, our exhibition in the hall, titled ‘Treasures and Trophies: The Making of a Gentleman and a Great House’, will see us delve into the fascinating archives at Holkham to take a look into the life of Thomas Coke, the First Earl of Leicester and how his six year grand tour of Europe inspired and led him to commission the build of the hall. Discover and see the sheer amount of treasures he amassed on his tour and you will understand why he needed a 'Temple of the Arts' to house his grand collection. The exhibition is available to view during normal hall opening times and is included in standard admission.

Discover more with the Field to Fork Experience, which tells the story of Holkham’s unique farming history. Let our ‘talking tools’ tell you what they were used for; find out who puts the malt in Maltesers; discover why cow pats are so important; take your turn at milling flour; test your foody knowledge with our quick-fire table-top game; sit back and enjoy our beautiful ‘Holkham Year’ film; don those Holkham tweeds and Bowler hats and dress up as a Holkham gamekeeper – with smells to sniff, buttons to press and drawers to open you’ll really enjoy discovering farming without having to put your wellies on!

The house is surrounded by rolling parkland with opportunities to discover the wildlife and landscape with nature trails, cycle hire and boat hire on Holkham lake. Children can enjoy the exciting woodland adventure play area where there’s an amazing tree house, high level walkways, rope ladders and fun zip wire.

Visit the 18th century walled garden to the west of the hall to enjoy the peaceful and tranquil setting and see the ongoing restoration project to sensitively restore the 6 acres of gardens to its former glory.

Your visit must include the Courtyard Café and Gift Shop, both showcasing the work and produce of local artisan suppliers.



Full accessibility to shop and café and hall's ground floor. A stair climbing machine gives access to the hall's first floor for most manually operated wheelchairs. Full accessibilty guide is available on our website.

Guide Prices

Holkham Hall, Field to Fork Experience and Walled Garden:
Adult: £16.00, Child (5-16 years incl.): £8.00, Family (2 adults and up to 3 children 5-16 years incl.): £44.00 NB: For special family events, such as Easter and Halloween, the child age is 2-16 years inc.

Field to Fork Experience and Walled Garden:
Adult: £7.50, Child (5-16 years incl.): £3.75, Family: (2 adults and up to 3 children 5-16 years incl.): £21.00 NB: For special family events, such as Easter and Halloween, the child age is 2-16 years inc.

Field to Fork Experience Only: Adult: £5.00, Child (5-16 years incl.): £2.50, Family (2 adults and up to 3 children 5-16 years incl.): £13.50.

Walled Garden Only:
Adult: £3.00, Child (5-16 years incl.): £1.50 NB: Walled Garden only tickets are not available for special children’s events such as Easter and Halloween. Please note that Walled Garden only tickets are not available to buy online.

Children’s Woodland Adventure Play Area: The children’s woodland adventure play area is free of charge.

Events

2018/03/25 - 2018/10/31

Why Visit Holkham in 2018WHY VISIT HOLKHAM IN 2018… Holkham Hall in Norfolk celebrates the anniversaries of two key figures involved in the history of the estate Discover Thomas Coke’s inspiration behind Holkham Hall and renowned garden designer Humphry Repton’s vision for the grounds 25 MARCH – 31 OCTOBER 2018
more info

Directions

Road Directions

Holkham is two miles west of Wells-next-the-Sea on the main A149, within easy reach of Norwich on the A1067, King's Lynn on the A148, and London and Cambridge. Brown tourist signs indicate route from Fakenham following B1105 and A149 to Wells.Accessible by Public Transport: Kings Lynn station is 28 miles away.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users - All visitor attractions are accessible to wheelchair users apart from the Hall where the state rooms are up a flight of stairs. We have stair climbing apparatus which works with most manual wheelchairs. Please be aware that some areas are on cobbled stones, pebbles or grassland which may be uneven.
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Facilities for the Disabled
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors
  • Wheelchairs available

Attraction Facilities

  • Beach Hut hire available
  • Horse Riding on Beach

Catering

  • Café
  • Cater for vegetarians
  • Catering by in-house Caterers
  • Groups: Coach Group Coffee/Meal Stop
  • Locally sourced produce
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Picnic area
  • Private dining areas
  • Refreshments Available
  • Restaurant
  • Serve lunch
  • Special dietary requirements catered for
  • Take away food

Children & Infants

  • Accept children (Minimum age)
  • Accept Children 3+
  • Accept Children 7+
  • Accept children all ages
  • Babes in Arms
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children's outdoor play area
  • Childrens Play Area
  • Highchair

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Accommodation nearby
  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Beach / Coast within walking distance
  • Beach/Coast 10 min walking distance
  • Beer Garden
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Education/study area
  • Event venue
  • Experience level - advanced
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality
  • First Aid
  • Garden/patio for guests use
  • Gift shop
  • Groups by arrangement
  • Licenced for alcohol
  • Licenced for Weddings & Civil Partnerships
  • Live Music
  • Marquee Space Available
  • Pets accepted
  • Public toilets
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Toilets
  • Wedding Venue
  • Wireless internet (WiFi) connection available

Key Features

  • Farm
  • Film or TV location
  • Forest Location
  • Groups: Meet and Greet Services
  • In countryside
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Outdoor activities
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Outdoor Event
  • Repeatable Event
  • Seafront
  • Village Location

Leisure Facilities

  • Classes and activities
  • Clay pigeon shooting
  • Cycle hire
  • Eating Out Within Walking Distance

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • Coach Drop Off / Pick Up Point
  • Coach Parking
  • On Bus Route
  • On site parking
  • Parking
  • Parking (charge)
  • Parking Near Beach
  • Secure cycle parking

TripAdvisor

Opening Times

* Main Season – 25th March to 31st October 2018
Holkham Hall: Open 12noon-4pm on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays only*.

*The hall is also open 26th and 27th October for our Halloween event. Please note that the hall is closed on Sunday 29th July.

Walled Garden, Field to Fork Experience, Children’s Woodland Adventure Play Area, Courtyard Café* and Gift Shop: Open 10am-5pm every day.

*The café is open from 9am on Saturdays.

Holkham Park: Open: 9am-5pm every day.

Parking Charge: £3.00 per day. Redeemable in our gift shop on purchases of £12 or more.

Winter Season – 1st November to 21st December 2018
Courtyard Café and Gift Shop: Open 10am-4pm every day.

Holkham Park: Open to visitors between 9am-4pm (from 10am on Tuesdays and Thursdays).

Parking Charge: £3.00 per day. Redeemable in our gift shop or café on purchases of £12 or more.

Awards

  • Other Awards Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme 2017
  • Other Awards The Treasure Houses of England 2017
  • Visit England VistEngland VAQAS 2017

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2018/03/25 - 2018/10/31

Why Visit Holkham in 2018WHY VISIT HOLKHAM IN 2018… Holkham Hall in Norfolk celebrates the anniversaries of two key figures involved in the history of the estate Discover Thomas Coke’s inspiration behind Holkham Hall and renowned garden designer Humphry Repton’s vision for the grounds 25 MARCH – 31 OCTOBER 2018
more info

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