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Holkham Hall


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Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1AB
tel:
01328 710227

A spectacular example of English Palladian style in local yellow brick built by Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester, between 1734-1764 from plans by William Kent.

The immense entrance hall, with deeply coved and coffered ceiling supported by towering columns and panelling of English alabaster, is perhaps one of the finest classical rooms in England, modelled directly on ancient Roman buildings. The Grand Tour statuary and art collection, Kent interiors and furnishings and a restored Victorian kitchen all contribute to this ensemble set in a vast landscaped park.

Features: The 3,000-acre park contains a mile-long lake with nature trail, herd of Fallow Deer, as well as farm and estate buildings by the late 18th century farmer 'Coke of Norfolk'. Adjacent to the Hall, in the beautiful setting of the park, are the gift shop and café. One mile north of the park in Holkham Village are various other Holkham enterprises, The Victoria Hotel, several specialist shops, and Holkham Beach and National Nature Reserve.

Visit our exciting, interactive Field to Fork Experience all about food and farming at Holkham. ‘Field to Fork’ tells the story of Holkham’s unique farming history and the fascinating, complex and interwoven stories of crop production, gamekeeping and conservation and how this all contributes to producing the food on your fork.

This property offers free access to HHA Friends and Members during normal opening hours - please check opening times.

Location

Norwich 35m, King's Lynn 30m.

Visitor Opening Times

2017: Hall: 1 Apr–31 Oct, 12–4pm, Sun, Mon, Thurs, plus Good Fri, Easter Sat, 27 & 28 October. Closed 28-29 May plus 23 July. Field to Fork Experience, Walled Garden, Woodland Play Area, Gift Shop & Café open 10am–5pm daily.

The Libraries, Chapel & Strangers’ Wing form part of the private accommodation and are open at the family’s discretion. No free entry to the park on special event days.

Please note that these opening times are correct to the best of the HHA’s knowledge, as advised by the property. Opening times may change and a property may very occasionally need to close at short notice. We therefore recommend you check with the property before your visit, by phone or on the property’s website, especially if your journey is likely to be a long one.

Family Friendly Facilities

Woodland playground area

Accessibility

For the wheelchair user

The accessible parking bays are located closest to the attractions and near to the area for coach parking. On arrival in Holkham Park, you will be directed by our car parking attendants to this designated area. From the accessible parking area there is a hardcore roadway leading to the main courtyard and ticket office.

Visiting the Hall:

Visitors with particular access requirements to the hall can be dropped off outside on the gravel driveway. The driver will be asked to re-park in the nearest accessible car parking bay. The main entrance can be accessed by an all-weather metal ramp. Once inside visitors are able to gain access to the first floor State Rooms by using an innovative new stair lift. Assisted by hall staff, the ‘Jolly Stairclimber’ can take most types of manual wheelchair up the staircase in the Marble Hall. The equipment, which works like a mini-tank, climbs up the stairs using a self-propelled mechanism and rubber tracks. Once you have visited the state rooms, you will be brought back down to the Marble Hall using the same process. Elsewhere in the hall there is full access. Please be aware that there is a weight limit of 20 stones/137 kilograms (person and wheelchair) when using this apparatus.

We apologise, but the stairclimber is not suitable for electric wheelchairs. Where this is a problem, we are happy for visitors to transfer into one of our two wheelchairs, if this is possible, to be taken up the staircase and continue their visit.

An accessible lavatory is available in the park lavatory complex. The terrain is variable - from gravel outside the hall, to parkland and hardcore paths and roadways.

Walled Garden:

Accessible parking is available at the walled garden. The terrain is accessible but is uneven in places. There are lavatories (portable-style) at the walled garden.

Holkham Park:

An accessible lavatory is available in the courtyard lavatory complex.

For the visually impaired:

We can offer a large print transcript and a transcript in Braille.

Film Locations

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 & stills photography.

The Hall is at the centre of a 25,000 acre estate and the list of possible locations is endless.

Film/TV include: The Lost Prince, All The King's Men, Shakespeare in Love, Stephen Fry ITV drama 'Kingdom', The Duchess.

Photo Shoots include: Burberry, Daks, British Airways, Harpers & Queen, British Telecom and many more.

Educational Facilities

At Holkham, the hall, walled garden, parkland, nature reserve and wildlife provide interest and relevance equally for the national curriculum and for the general appeal and enjoyment of pupils.

Our programmes are flexible to suit your requirements and learning objectives and we welcome groups with special educational needs. We deliver engaging, inspirational sessions which are appealing to a variety of learning styles, resulting in bringing Holkham to life.

New for 2017 is our Food & Farming Day which combines a visit to our Field to Fork Experience with a Trailer Tour around our farms. The combination of interactive displays, audio, film & authentic artefacts with the real life experience of seeing food growing in the fields is a unique opportunity for children to learn first-hand how we produce the food on your fork.

Each session is designed with the National Curriculum firmly embedded. For further information on curriculum links and options for themes of sessions please visit our website at www.holkham.co.uk/education

To discuss a visit please telephone Sue Penlington, Education Officer on 01328 713112 or email education@holkham.co.uk

Groups and special visits

Private guided tours - Interesting and informative tours of the Hall by experienced guides with knowledge on the architectural, social and family history and works of art in this 18th century mansion.

Tailor Made Facilities

Visits to HouseYes
Visits to GardenNo
Other EventsYes
Light RefreshmentsYes
LunchYes
DinnerNo

Contact Details

Contact:
Laurane Herrieven
Address:
Holkham Hall
Town:
Wells-next-the-Sea
County:
Norfolk
Postcode:
NR23 1AB
Phone:
01328 710227


Visit www.holkham.co.uk for more information