Our Guide to Visiting Holkham Hall and Estate in North Norfolk

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Holkham Hall, located in North Norfolk, is a magnificent estate that boasts a rich history, stunning architecture, and an abundance of wildlife.

The Palladian Hall is a standout feature of the estate, while the parkland is home to a variety of deer. Visitors can also enjoy the beautiful beach and a family-friendly cafe.

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Holkham Hall is a grand estate that spans an impressive 25,000 acres and boasts a variety of breathtaking features, including a picturesque walled garden, a sprawling deer park, and a stunning beach.

The hall itself was built in the 18th century and is considered to be one of the finest examples of Palladian architecture in the country. It is home to an impressive collection of art, including works by Rubens, Van Dyck, and Gainsborough. The hall also boasts a stunning Marble Hall, which is considered to be one of the most magnificent rooms in the country.

The estate has a long and fascinating history, dating back to the 1600s when it was owned by the Coke family. The family has played an important role in the history of the area, with many of its members serving as Members of Parliament and holding important positions in government.

Today, the estate is open to the public, and visitors can explore the hall and the surrounding parkland. There are also a number of activities and events held on the estate throughout the year, including guided tours, outdoor theatre performances, and music concerts.

One of the highlights of a visit to Holkham Hall and Estate is the famous Holkham bay beach. The stunning sandy beach stretches for miles and is one of the most beautiful in the country. Flanked by pine forests and sand dunes the fine golden expanse that is Holkham Beach has been a Norfolk favourite with visitors for generations. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll along the beach or enjoy a swim in the sea.

A new addition to the Holkam Estate is The Lookout. Located on the outskirts of Holkham National Nature Reserve, The Lookout provides breathtaking views and a variety of food and beverages that can be enjoyed both indoors and outdoors, or taken away.

The Lookout is a one-of-a-kind structure located at the peak of Lady Anne’s Drive, seamlessly blending into its natural surroundings. Inside, visitors can explore exhibits about the diverse wildlife and habitats found within the reserve, and take advantage of binoculars and bird guides to fully appreciate the breathtaking panoramic views outside. It’s also dog friendly so you can take your pooch along too.

Holkham Hall and Estate is a must-visit destination for anyone visiting North Norfolk. The stunning stately home, beautiful parkland, and breathtaking beach make it an ideal place to spend a day exploring. Whether you’re interested in history, art, or simply enjoying the great outdoors, there is something for everyone at Holkham Hall and Estate.

5 things to do and see at Holkham Hall and Estate:

  • Tour the Hall: Holkham Hall is a stunning example of Palladian architecture, and it’s well worth taking a tour to see the inside. The hall is filled with beautiful furniture, paintings, and sculptures, and you’ll also learn about the history of the Coke family.
  • Explore the Park: The Holkham Estate is a vast parkland that’s perfect for exploring. You can go for a walk, a bike ride, or even a horse ride. There are also a number of activities and events held in the park throughout the year.
  • Visit the Beach: Holkham Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Norfolk. It’s a great place to relax, swim, or build sandcastles. You can also go for a walk along the beach and explore the sand dunes.
  • See the Deer: The Holkham Estate is home to a herd of deer. You can see them grazing in the park, or you can take a deer safari to get a closer look.
  • Learn about the History: Holkham Hall and Estate have a long and fascinating history. You can learn about the history of the Coke family, the history of the estate, and the history of the area.

Your questions answered

No, you cannot walk around Holkham Hall for free. There is an admission fee to enter the hall and gardens. However, there are some areas of the estate that are free to access, such as the parkland, beach and most of the walking trails.

Yes, Holkham Hall is definitely worth visiting if you’re in North Norfolk. With its stunning architecture, beautiful gardens, and rich history, it’s a must-see destination for anyone interested in culture and heritage. Plus, there are plenty of activities and events throughout the year to keep visitors of all ages entertained.

Admission prices for Holkham Hall vary depending on the time of year and which areas of the estate you want to visit. Prices range from £5.50 for a park and beach pass, and £18 for a full house, park, and garden ticket. Children under 2 years old are free.

Yes, dogs are welcome in the park and on the beach, but must be kept on a lead in certain areas as free roaming deer make their home in the park.

It takes approximately 30 minutes to walk from Holkham Hall to the beach. The walk is a scenic route through the parkland and woodland of the Holkham Estate, and is well worth the effort for the stunning views of the beach and surrounding landscape.

Yes, Holkham Hall has been used as a filming location for several movies and TV shows, including “The Duchess,” “All the Money in the World,” and “Victoria.” It has also been featured in music videos and commercials.

The walk from Holkham Hall to Wells next the Sea is approximately 4 miles and takes around 45 minutes to an hour, depending on your pace. The route takes you through beautiful countryside and along the coast, offering stunning views along the way.

No, Holkham Hall is not owned by the National Trust and therefore National Trust membership does not provide free admission. However, they do offer their own membership program which includes free admission to the hall and other benefits. Admission prices vary depending on the time of year and type of ticket purchased.

There are several free parking options in Holkham, including the Lady Anne’s Drive car park, which has over 300 spaces and is open year-round. There is also free parking available at Holkham village and on some of the nearby roads. Be sure to check signage and restrictions before parking.

Holkham Beach is famous for its stunning natural beauty, with miles of golden sand dunes and crystal-clear water and stunning sunsets. It is also known for its wildlife, including seals and birds, and has been featured in several films and TV shows, including Shakespeare in Love and The Duchess.

Yes, Holkham Park is open to the public. The park is open daily from 10am to 5pm, with last entry at 4pm. Admission prices vary depending on the time of year and whether you are visiting just the park or also the hall and other attractions. It is best to check the official website for up-to-date information on prices and opening times.

Where is Holkham Hall and Estate:

Where the sky meets the Sea, Holkham Beach, Fabulous North Norfolk
Discover the fabulous Holkham beach at sunset.

Holiday homes and self-catering accommodation in Holkham on the North Norfolk coast

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Just a short drive away is the charming seaside town of Wells next the Sea, known for its narrow streets, quaint shops, and delicious restaurants. Whether you’re looking to unwind or explore, our Holkham holiday cottages and lodges are the perfect base for your North Norfolk adventure.

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