Overview

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.

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!

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. Get your feet off the ground on our Ropes Course, 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 the ground. 

Finish off your visit by treating yourself in our Courtyard Café, where we serve only the best, locally-sourced food and our gift shop, showcasing the work of local artisan suppliers.

Throughout the year we run a fantastic programme of events including outdoor theatre, open air cinema, tractor trailer rides, pond dipping, deer walks, specialist workshops, chamber music concerts and opera, nature reserve walks, talks and guided tours, special seasonal events during half terms, Easter and Halloween and Little Mix live in concert in Holkham Park this July.


Today
Today’s opening hours

22 March to 1 November

House: Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays; 12pm to 4pm.

Garden: Daily, 10am to 5pm.

Opening
Opening

2020

15 February to 21 March

Holkham Park: Daily, 9am - 4pm.

22 March to 1 November

House: Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays; 12pm to 4pm.

Garden: Daily, 10am to 5pm.

Find Us
Find us

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
Parking

Car park on site

  • £3 per car per day redeemable on purchases in our gift shop of £12 or more.

Admission
Admission

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.

More admission details

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Access statement available
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Group Visits
Group Visits

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.

Find out more about our offer.

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

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Weddings

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.

Facilities

  • Suppliers list
  • Accessible parking
  • Wedding planner
  • Guest parking

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.

Hattie and Justin Zawyrucha


Accommodation

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.


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

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.

Find out more.

Facilities

  • Wifi
  • Plentiful parking
  • Dinner
  • Refreshments
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Team building activities
  • Projector and screen
  • Lunch

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.

Deborah Murthwaite of Birdlife International


Today
Today’s opening hours

22 March to 1 November

House: Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays; 12pm to 4pm.

Garden: Daily, 10am to 5pm.

Opening
Opening

2020

15 February to 21 March

Holkham Park: Daily, 9am - 4pm.

22 March to 1 November

House: Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays; 12pm to 4pm.

Garden: Daily, 10am to 5pm.

Find Us
Find us

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
Parking

Car park on site

  • £3 per car per day redeemable on purchases in our gift shop of £12 or more.

Admission
Admission

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.

More admission details

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Access statement available
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Group Visits
Group Visits

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.

Find out more about our offer.

Other opening

Winter Opening Times: 6th January to 14th February

Holkham Hall: Closed
Holkham Stories Experience: closed
Walled Garden: Closed
Courtyard Café: Closed
Gift Shop: Closed
Woodland Play Area: Closed
Holkham Park: Open 9am-4pm to pedestrians only.

Spring Opening Times: 15th February to 21st March

Holkham Hall: Closed
Holkham Stories Experience: Open 15th to 23rd February for half term, 10am-4pm
Walled Garden: Closed
Courtyard Café: Open every day, 10am-4pm
Gift Shop: Open every day, 10am-4pm
Woodland Play Area: Open every day, 10am-4pm
Holkham Park: Open every day, 10am-4pm

Summer/Autumn Opening Times: 22nd March to 1st November

Holkham Hall: Open Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays only, 12noon-4pm
Holkham Stories Experience: Open every day 10am-5pm
Walled Garden: Open every day 10am-5pm
Courtyard Café: Open every day 10am-5pm
Gift Shop: Open every day, 10am-5pm
Woodland Play Area: Open every day, 10am-5pm
Holkham Park: Open every day, 9am-5pm

Tickets

Combined Ticket: Holkham Hall, Holkham Stories Experience and Walled Garden
Adult: £17, Child: £8.50, Family (2+3) £46

Combined Ticket: Holkham Stories Experience and Walled Garden
Adult: £8, Child: £4, Family (2+3) £22

Holkham Stories Experience Only Ticket
Adult: £5, Child: £2.50, Family (2+3) £13.50

Walled Garden Only Ticket
Adult: £3.50, Child: £1.75, Family (2+3) £10

Woodland Play Area: Free
Parking: £4 per day. Redeemable in our gift shop on purchases of £15 or more.

Save 10% when pre-booked online.


School Visits

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.

The walled garden


Walks

We have three set walks around Holkham:

Lake Walk: 3.5 miles

Park Walk: 4 miles

Farm Walk: 6 miles



Things to See

Fun Facts

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.