Houghton Hall & Gardens

World-class house with exceptional contents and grounds.

King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE31 6UE

Houghton Hall & Gardens in Norfolk

Experience this house


Free for members
  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Access statement available
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Houghton Hall is one of the grandest survivors of the Palladian era, built in the 1720s for Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole.

It 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 wealth and power. The Hall is currently the home of the 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley, Walpole’s descendent, and his family.

Surrounded by traditional parkland, Houghton has a spectacular herd of white fallow deer. The award winning five acre Walled Garden includes a spectacular double-sided herbaceous border, a formal rose parterre, and a rustic temple designed by Julian and Isabel Bannerman.

In recent years Lord Cholmondeley has built up an impressive collection of contemporary sculpture by world renowned artists including artworks by Rachel Whiteread, Stephen Cox, Phillip King, Zhan Wang, Anya Gallaccio, James Turrell, Jeppe Hein, Henry Moore and Richard Long.

Opening Times


1 May – 25 September:

Wednesdays, 11:00 – 17:00 (Last entry at 16:00).

Thursdays, 11:00 – 17:00 (Last entry at 16:00).

Sundays, 11:00 – 17:00 (Last entry at 16:00).

Bank Holidays, 11:00 – 17:00 (Last entry at 16:00).

Note: The whole house is now a permanent exhibition and therefore Historic Houses members must pay the ticket price to enter the exhibition.

Please Note: Assistance Dogs only.

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times


Historic Houses members visit the garden and stables for free (ticket worth £10). The hall itself now houses a permanent exhibition at a combined garden/sculpture park/hall price of £20. Historic Houses members can simply pay the difference to visit the exhibition (£10). The upgraded ticket can be purchased on the Houghton Hall website.

All visitors must pre-book a ticket online. Members should input their Historic Houses membership numbers at the time of purchase and take their cards with them.

Visit their website for further information on opening times and prices.

Group Visits

Groups of more than 20 receive a £1 discount per person. Booking is advised.

Private guided tours can be arranged. Find out more here. 

Contact the Estate Office: 01485 528569

Educational Visits

Houghton Hall provides opportunities for local schools and educational groups to use the inspiring landscape of Houghton Estate for self-guided programmes to learn, discover and explore.

To read about art exhibitions, please visit

To find out more about us, please visit:

For more information or to enquire about an educational visit, kindly contact

  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Access statement available
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Getting here

King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE31 6UE

13 miles East of King’s Lynn, 10 miles West of Fakenham, 1.5 miles North of the A148

The nearest train station is King’s Lynn Station – which is 1hour 40 minutes from London King’s Cross.

houghton hall and gardens

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Houghton Hall sculpture - photo by Aaron Willmott

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