Houghton Hall & Gardens

Type:Historic House / Palace

Houghton, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE31 6UE

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One of the finest Palladian Houses in the UK. Built in the 1720s, for Sir Robert Walpole, Britain's First Prime Minister. Houghton Hall is a showcase of the work of architects James Gibbs and Colen Campbell complemented by the richly ornamented interiors of William Kent and furnished to reflect Walpole's growing wealth and power. The Hall is currently the home of the 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley, Walpole's descendent, and his family. Houghton is situated in traditional parkland with a spectacular herd of white fallow deer. Displayed in the grounds is an impressive collection of contemporary sculpture by world-renowned artists including James Turrell, Sir Richard Long, Stephen Cox, Zhan Wang, Anya Gallaccio, Stephen Cox, Jeppe Hein, Rachel Whiteread and Phillip King.

Between 25th March and 15th July the interiors at Houghton Hall will be transformed by the artist Damien Hirst in a special exhibition Colour Space paintings & outdoor sculptures. The Old Masters will be returned to the state floor from 18th July until end of the season on 30th September. The outdoor sculptures by Damien Hirst will remain in the grounds until closure on 30th September.

The 5-acre Walled Garden includes a spectacular double-sided herbaceous border, a formal rose parterre, a Mediterranean garden, and a kitchen garden with arches and espaliers of apples and pears. There are also glasshouses, antique statues, fountains, and contemporary sculptures by Sir Richard Long, Stephen Cox and Jeppe Hein. The Stables contain a range of original wooden stalls and tack and harness room. There is a fully-licensed café, Gift Shop and Soldier Museum, which holds The Cholmondeley Collection of Soldiers one of the largest private collections in the world, with 20,000 models on display. Also in the stables is NORFOLK BY DESIGN pop up shop selling design, craft and art from 25th March to 31st July 2018. 

Historic Houses Association/Christie's Garden of the Year Award in 2007 .
Visit England - Quality Rose Marque. Histroic Houses Association Member Property, RHS Partner Garden, National Gardens Scheme Member.

Guide Prices

See website for entry prices and to book tickets online: http://www.houghtonhall.com


Road Directions

By Road: Sat Nav postcode PE31 6TY Houghton Hall is situated 13 miles East of King's Lynn/10 miles west of Fakenham - just off the A148 at New Houghton. Signed by brown signs off the A148. Follow signs through park gates to car park. A special area is designated for disabled parking near the house.


Public Transport Directions

By Public Transport: The nearest railway station is King's Lynn, which is 13 miles away. The King's Lynn to Fakenham X29 Bus will drop at the front gates of the Hall from 25 March 2018



  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Facilities for the Disabled
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


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

Establishment Features

  • Event venue
  • Gift shop
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Toilets

Tours and Demonstrations

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


Opening Times

* Please see website for opening dates and times.


  • Other Awards Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2017
  • Visit England VistEngland VAQAS 2017
  • Other AwardsU.K. Heritage Awards - Commended U.K. Heritage Awards - Commended 2018

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