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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.

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.


Opening
Opening

25 March to 31 October: Sundays, Mondays and Thursday, noon to 4pm.

 

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.


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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.

The walled garden


Walks

We have three set walks around Holkham:

Lake Walk: 3.5 miles

Park Walk: 4 miles

Farm Walk: 6 miles



Upcoming events

25 Jul - 31 Aug 2018

Field to Fork Tractor Trailer Tour

Tours run: 11am, 12noon, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm

Farming without having to put your wellies on! Families, hop aboard a fascinating tractor trailer tour after a visit to the Field to Fork Experience to see exactly where your food comes from. Travel back in time as we visit the Great Barn and fast forward to the present day and discover the conservation work we undertake, the variety of crops that are grown in Holkham park, the livestock that we keep and how these change through the seasons.

Tickets: £5 per adult, £2.50 per child (3+). To book online please visit our website, or telephone Holkham ticket office on 01328 713111.

Wedding at Holkham Hall


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


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.


Filming Opportunities

Holkham Estate has become a premier location for the film, television and advertising industry and we pride ourselves on our ability to provide a professional service.

We are experienced in the demands of a busy crew and are here to ensure your shoot goes smoothly. Recent clients include: BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Peugeot, General Motors, Burberry, British Airways, Harpers & Queen, Daks and British Telecom.

The elegant 18th Century Holkham Hall is one of the finest examples of Palladian architecture in the country and offers a wide range of seductive and panoramic locations for TV, film and stills photography.

The hall itself is situated at the heart of a beautiful, sweeping deer park, that is the centre of a 25,000-acre estate on the windswept north Norfolk coast. The list of possible locations is endless, from the exterior and interior of the Hall to the many follies and unusual gatehouses within the Park and the brightly coloured beach huts on Wells Beach.

Our sumptuous staterooms, including the unique Marble Hall and the Statue Gallery, featured as the interior of Buckingham Palace in the BBC TV drama ‘The Lost Prince’. Various state rooms and the park featured in the C4 docudrama ‘Victoria’s Men’ televised in June 2008.