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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 and Richard Long




Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays until 18th July

From 20 July to 29 September OPEN on Saturdays too

Gates Open 11am
Last entry 4pm (one hour before closure)

House Opening 12noon till 4pm
(Last entry 3.30pm)

Find Us
Find us

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.


Car park on site

  • Free


Connect Cars 01553 776633


Historic Houses members visit for free at certain times.

Please get in touch via their website for further information.

More admission details

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

Fun Facts

Housed in the Stable block is the world's largest personal collection of model soldiers - totalling some 20,000 figurines.



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School Visits

Houghton Education 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 find out more about it please visit: www.houghtoneducation.co.uk