Overview

Sandringham House, the Norfolk country retreat of Her Majesty the Queen, is set in 60 acres of beautiful gardens and open daily April until the end of October.

Enjoy the main rooms of the magnificent House, explore the fascinating museum with extensive Royal car collection, the charming parish church, 600 acres of Country Park, playground , waymarked trails, Restaurant, Tearoom and Gift Shop.


Opening
Opening

2020

3 April to 14 October (excluding 10 April & 25 to 30 July).

See website for times and further details.

Parking is not free for visitors, including Historic Houses members.

Find Us
Find us

The main visitor entrance is at ///frail.trial.chapels What does this mean?

6 miles north-east of King's Lynn and is signposted from the A148 Fakenham road and the A149 Hunstanton road.

Please note the property is not open Good Friday and and 23rd to 25th July inclusive.

Parking

  • Parking is not free for Historic Houses members.

Group Visits
Group Visits

Due to the growing popularity of Sandringham we have found it necessary that from 2020 onwards we will only accept coaches and groups that have been pre-booked in advance.

Groups are 20 or more people.

We are dedicated to ensuring the level of visitors on site is comfortable for everyone and allows each group and individual enough time to enjoy a quality experience.

If you wish to book for your group party of 20 or more in 2020 please see our various options for your visit by downloading our Groups Leaflet 2020

Please then submit your booking form. We will confirm your booking as soon as possible.

In the meantime if you have any questions or queries regarding a group visit to Sandringham please don’t hesitate to contact us.

See Group Visit prices under the Other Opening tab.

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

Visit website

Opening
Opening

2020

3 April to 14 October (excluding 10 April & 25 to 30 July).

See website for times and further details.

Parking is not free for visitors, including Historic Houses members.

Find Us
Find us

The main visitor entrance is at ///frail.trial.chapels What does this mean?

6 miles north-east of King's Lynn and is signposted from the A148 Fakenham road and the A149 Hunstanton road.

Please note the property is not open Good Friday and and 23rd to 25th July inclusive.

Parking

  • Parking is not free for Historic Houses members.

Group Visits
Group Visits

Due to the growing popularity of Sandringham we have found it necessary that from 2020 onwards we will only accept coaches and groups that have been pre-booked in advance.

Groups are 20 or more people.

We are dedicated to ensuring the level of visitors on site is comfortable for everyone and allows each group and individual enough time to enjoy a quality experience.

If you wish to book for your group party of 20 or more in 2020 please see our various options for your visit by downloading our Groups Leaflet 2020

Please then submit your booking form. We will confirm your booking as soon as possible.

In the meantime if you have any questions or queries regarding a group visit to Sandringham please don’t hesitate to contact us.

See Group Visit prices under the Other Opening tab.

Other opening

OPEN DAILY FROM FRIDAY 3 APRIL TO WEDNESDAY 14 OCTOBER 2020

(with the exception of Good Friday 10 April and Saturday 25 - Friday 31 July inclusive).

To enjoy the House, Gardens, Transport Museum and Exhibition we would suggest allowing around 3.5 hours for your visit.

HOUSE, MUSEUM & GARDENS PRICES

Adult - £17.50

Senior Citizen/Student * - £15.50

Child (5-15) - £8.50

Family (2 adults and up to 3 children)- £42.50

SANDRINGHAM HOUSE

Sandringham House opens at 11am.

The last ticket is sold at 4.30pm, last entry to the House is at 4.45pm with the House closing at 5pm.

During October the last ticket is sold at 3.30pm, last entry to the House is 3.45pm and the House closes at 4pm.

SANDRINGHAM EXHIBITION & TRANSPORT MUSEUM

Sandringham Exhibition & Transport Museum opens at 11am.

The last ticket is sold at 4.30pm with the Exhibition & Transport Museum normally closing at 5pm.

During October Sandringham Exhibition & Transport Museum last tickets are sold at 3.30pm and closing at 4pm.

SANDRINGHAM GARDENS

Sandringham Gardens opens at 10.30am. The last ticket is sold at 4.30pm and we kindly ask visitors to vacate the Gardens by 6pm.

During October the last tickets are sold at 3.30pm and we kindly ask visitors to vacate the Gardens by 5pm.

GROUP ADMISSION CHARGES DURING 2020

House, Museum and Gardens.

Adults - £16.00 Seniors / Students - £14.00 Children (5 to 15 years) - £7.00

Museum and Gardens.

Adults - £11.00 Seniors / Students - £9.00 Children (5 to 15 years) - £5.00

The group admission charge includes the Multi Media tour of the House.

We recommend that you set aside at least 3 ½ hours for your visit, this will give you time to visit and enjoy all aspects of Sandringham.

The coach driver and guide are admitted free of charge and both are provided with a meal voucher, which can be used in the café.

To make your group visit more enjoyable please visit Group Visit Tips

Payment can be made by cash or credit card. A company voucher system is also available - please contact us for further details.

CAR PARKING CHARGES FOR 2020 SEASON

Up to 20 minutes FREE parking

Up to 2hrs £3.00

Up to 4hrs £5.00

All Day £7.00


Sandringham's history and features

THE NORFOLK RETREAT OF HM THE QUEEN

The House is perhaps the most famous stately home in Norfolk and is at the heart of the 8,000 hectare Sandringham Estate. 240 hectares of which make up the woodland and heath of the Country Park, open to the public free of charge every day of the year.

Sandringham is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as “Sant Dersingham”, the sandy part of Dersingham, subsequently shortened to Sandringham. There is evidence of a residence on the present site of the House as early as 1296; prehistoric flint tools have been found in the area and there are remains of a Roman villa quite close to nearby Appleton Farm. From the 16th-century the area passed through two families, the Cobbes who held the land from 1517, and the Hostes who followed in 1686.

The House which the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, found at Sandringham was a plain Georgian structure with a white stucco exterior, built in the second half of the 18th-century by Cornish Henley, whose wife was a member of the Hoste family. Henley died before the House was completed and his son eventually sold it to a neighbour, John Motteux, whose ancestor had first arrived in England as a Huguenot refugee in 1685. Motteux bequeathed it in his will to his friend Charles Spencer Cowper, the stepson of Viscount Palmerston who was Prime Minister at the time.

In the spring of 1862, Sandringham House with its estate at the time of 2,800 hectares was bought from Cowper as a country home for Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, who had just turned 21. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert had decided that he should move from the family home to a house of his own. His principal residence was to be Marlborough House in London but it was felt that he should also have a private house well away from town so that he would be able to escape when duty permitted and enjoy the benefits of a healthy country life. Many properties were inspected and the search was still in train when the tragic and premature death of the Prince Consort brought it to an abrupt halt. However, Queen Victoria decided that everything must go on as her husband would have wished and so the Prince of Wales prepared for a visit to Sandringham. On inspection, the property was decided to be most suitable and so the purchase was concluded a few days later.

Read the full history here


Fun Facts

After King Edward VII’s death in 1910, one of his friends wrote, “Up to the last year of his life he was continually improving his domain, repairing churches, spending money on the place in one way or another.” His son, King George V, wrote, “Dear old Sandringham, the place I love better than anywhere else in the world,” and his grandson, King George VI, wrote “I have always been happy here and I love the place.” It is evident from the amount of time that the Queen and her family spend here that this affection continues as strongly as ever.