Steeped in history, Holkham Hall on the north Norfolk coast has the perfect setting; surrounded by rolling parkland, rich in wildlife.
This magnificent 18th-century Palladian hall is home is to the Earls of Leicester and the family takes great pride in sharing the house and its treasures with visitors.
The state rooms offer superb collections of ancient statuary, original furniture, tapestries and paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Gaspar Poussin and Gainsborough.
Learn about Holkham’s unique agricultural heritage in the ‘Field to Fork Experience’ with its interwoven stories of crop production, gamekeeping and conservation and how this all contributes to produce the food on your fork.
Explore the children’s woodland adventure play area, hire bikes or a boat, and enjoy the colourful plantings and scents in the historic walled garden.
Your visit must also include the café and gift shop, both showcasing the work and produce of local artisan suppliers.
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25 March to 31 October: Sundays, Mondays and Thursday, noon to 4pm.
Holkham is located on the north Norfolk coast and lies 2 miles west of Wells-next-the-Sea on the A149.
The Coasthopper bus servicing King's Lynn to Cromer route stops in Holkham Village 3/4 mile from the hall.
The nearest train station is King’s Lynn (approximately 23 miles away), which has hourly trains running from King’s Cross, London via Cambridge and Ely.
Sustrans Bike Route No. 1 passes through Holkham park.
- Offers bike storage
Car park on site
- £3 per car per day redeemable on purchases in our gift shop of £12 or more.
Historic Houses members visit for free.
Hall, Field to Fork & Walled Garden
Family £44, Adult £16 and Child £8
Field to Fork & Walled Garden
Family £21, Adult £7.50, Child £3.75
More prices available.
- Guide dogs welcome
- Accessible parking
- Access statement available
- Accessible toilets
- Wheelchair ramps/routes
A visit to Holkham is a perfect excursion for groups, organisations, societies and coach parties and we are happy to liaise with tour operators, travel companies and social secretaries to create an individual package for a visit.
We offer private guided tours of Holkham Hall to pre-booked groups when the hall is closed to the public.
Things to See
There are many theories as to why Holkham’s gamekeepers first came to wear ‘Bowler’ or ‘Coke’ hat.
The original story is that in 1849, William Coke, nephew of the first Earl of Leicester, commissioned his hatter James Lock, to design a close-fitting, low crowned hat. William stressed that the hat must be strong; in order to protect his gamekeepers’ heads from low branches while out horse riding and from potential attacks by poachers.
A prototype of the hat was made by Lock’s chief hatter, Thomas Bowler, and when William visited Locks to inspect the design, he was presented with a hard hat with a round, low crown and small brim, covered in a rough finished felt.
As the story goes, William then took the hat outside on to the pavement and promptly jumped up and down on it to determine its durability. Happily the hat withstood the test and in accordance with Locks’ usual practice, was called the ‘Coke’ hat, after the customer for whom it was made. This is probably why the hat soon became known as the ‘Billy Coke’ or ‘Billycock’ hat in Norfolk.
Later on the hat was more generally known as the Bowler, after the Bowler Brothers, who went on to manufacture it. Although fashionable in shooting parties, the hat was also adopted by city stockbrokers and barristers and soon became uniform headwear.
Holkham’s present team of gamekeepers wear the ‘Coke’ hat with as much pride today. The privilege of wearing a traditional bowler hat is earned after one year’s service at Holkham.
We have three set walks around Holkham:
Lake Walk: 3.5 miles
Park Walk: 4 miles
Farm Walk: 6 miles
Lady Anne’s Drive
Join one of our Wardens on a guided walk around the Holkham National Nature Reserve, the rich variety of wildlife at Holkham NNR means that there is always something of interest to see throughout the year. Well behaved, sociable dogs on leads welcome. Each walk will begin at 10am and last approximately 2 hours.
Tickets: £5 per person. Please note this event is not free for Historic Houses members.
Holkham Hall is one of the grandest and most beautiful wedding venues in the country and offers the perfect location to get married in north Norfolk.
Home to the Earls of Leicester, this fine Palladian house, surrounded by a romantic deer park with a lake, temple and woodland, could be yours for the day.
Our dedicated events venue, The Lady Elizabeth Wing, provides a contemporary and spacious setting for receptions and parties. We can cater for wedding ceremonies, civil partnerships and Asian weddings, with four of the luxurious rooms in the hall offering a variety of impressive settings.
A massive thank you to you and everyone at Holkham for all your help and support. We had the best weekend and all of our guests said how beautiful Holkham was. Everything went really smoothly from setting up and the clear down on Sunday morning - we really appreciate all your help and advice.
Choose from the grandeur of the Saloon, the magnificent Marble Hall, the Statue Gallery with its unique classical collection or the intimate setting of the North Dining Room.
Tucked away in the woodland of Holkham park, the secluded Temple is set in an idyllic location and is also available for ceremonies, with guests able to make use of both the inside and outside space to cater for larger numbers.
Following your ceremony, there are many options for wedding receptions and parties. Drinks and canapés can be served in the state rooms in the hall and The Lady Elizabeth Wing provides a perfect venue for receptions and parties.
The 18th-century walled garden to the west of the hall, the panoramic landscape of Holkham park and the picturesque Temple all provide perfect opportunities for marquee receptions.
This classic English inn is owned and run by the Holkham Estate, home to the Earls of Leicester and Coke family. Standing at the gateway to Holkham Hall, The Victoria is close to Holkham Beach and National Nature Reserve and is the perfect place to eat or drink whilst discovering the windswept coastline and seaside villages of north Norfolk.
The Victoria Inn has twenty bedrooms. Ten rooms are located at ‘The Vic’ and a further ten rooms are in Ancient House, a building located opposite. Each bedroom is individually decorated and there is a choice of a double and twin rooms, a spacious family attic room as well as four suites in Ancient House with their own attractive sitting rooms for guests who are looking for their own private, quiet space.
For guests with disabilities we have a ground floor double room with full access and a wet room. All our bedrooms are designed with an emphasis on comfort and quality with comfortable beds, crisp linen, cotton bathrobes and toiletries.
A mix of contemporary and antique pieces of furniture add to the charm, with many rooms featuring individual objects gleaned from the attics and basements of Holkham Hall.
Whether you are looking for lunch, dinner or just a quick snack, the bar and the light and airy orangery dining room offer a relaxed blend of style and comfort. The Victoria serves delicious locally sourced food, much of it grown and raised on the Holkham Estate.
Holkham is a unique and prestigious venue for corporate events, including directors’ meetings, conferences, presentations, product launches, ceremonies, dinners, company parties and team building days.
We have successfully arranged corporate and private events for many companies and organisations, including Red Bull, Christies, Break Charity, Scira Offshore Energy, the European Landowners’ Organisation and Barratt and Cooke.
The opportunities are extensive and our highly experienced team will work with you to help organise and manage your event.
An enormous thank you for the arranging such a successful event. Everyone was delighted with the hotel, Holkham Hall and most of all ‘The Books’. The food was absolutely delicious!! i couldn’t have done it without you.
Encouraging schools to explore and learn from the many opportunities and advantages the estate has to offer, we welcome all types of educational visits.
The Hall, Walled Garden, Parkland, Nature Reserves and wildlife provide fascinating subjects for both a National Curriculum focus and for the general experience and enjoyment of pupils.
The aim is to make visits relevant, not only from an educational perspective, but also for school children to learn a little bit of our history and to understand the workings of an estate that has had to adapt with times.