Holkham Hall

Type:Historic House / Palace

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

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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.

Visit the Holkham Stories Experience and find out all about the estate's 400-year past, living present and innovative future. Aimed at both adults and children alike, there's plenty to keep you occupied. Dress up in a Holkham tweed jacket and bowler hat, let our 'talking tools' tell you what they were used for, sit back, relax and enjoy our 'Holkham Year' film. Learn how the very bricks used to build Holkham Hall were made here on the estate. Enjoy our interactive tabletop game as you learn all about how your food gets from the field to your fork!

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. You'll also find Holkham Ropes Course! Get your feet off the ground and embark on a treetop adventure over wobbly crossings, swinging bridges, see saws and best of all zip wires to get you safely back on terra firma.

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.

Throughout the year, enjoy a varied events programme with something for everybody from guided tours of the Hall, including the attics and cellars, to guided nature walks, tractor trailer tours, pond dipping, toddler groups and seasonal family events at Easter, Halloween, half terms and of course Christmas.



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

Please see the website for full details.

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

  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Facilities for the Disabled
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Catering

  • Café
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Refreshments Available

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Accommodation nearby
  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Cater for Corporate events
  • Dogs on Lead Only
  • Event venue
  • Gift shop
  • Licenced for alcohol
  • Licenced for Weddings & Civil Partnerships
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Wedding Venue

Leisure Facilities

  • Cycle hire

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Parking
  • Parking (charge)

Payment Methods

  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided tours
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals
  • Guided tours by arrangement

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Opening Times

* Please see the website for full details.

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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