Stately Homes to Visit in North Norfolk

Stately Homes to Visit in North Norfolk

Full of character and rich history, the North Norfolk coast has many beautiful stately homes and National Trust halls to visit. In bygone years many influential and affluent people have chosen Nelson’s County as the perfect location to settle. This has resulted in Norfolk having many stately homes that have been owned by royalty and historical figures. Nowadays these stately homes are open to the public creating the opportunity to walk the beautiful halls and gardens whilst learning about the history of the local area.

There are many stately homes that are open to the public around North Norfolk. Below are some of the most popular halls to visit, perfect for a lovely day out.


Probably one of the most well-known properties in the region due to its connections to the Royal family, Sandringham still remains the Royal family’s private country house. Despite its active use, the whole of the ground floor rooms, including the ballroom, is open to the public. Important and historical family possessions are displayed to the public including portraits, armour and a porcelain chandelier which was gifted by Kaiser Wilhelm I of Germany.

However, it’s not just the house itself which drives visitors, but the 60-acre landscaped gardens. With flowers and shrubbery designed and planted by many generations of the Royal family, there is a beautiful celebration of colour and history within the grounds. One of the oldest trees in the garden is the Veteran Oak which is said to be over 800 years old. The Butterfly Meadow, an installation of 1,500 metal butterflies, will open from 1st July for a limited time as a way of commemorating the life of someone in care and raising funds for the Norfolk Hospice Trust.

There is also a range of facilities in which to eat and get a drink as well as a number of shops selling local artisan Norfolk products and commemorative souvenirs. Sandringham is a great place to visit for the day and has both history, nature and facilities to make your day enjoyable.

Holkham Hall

This 18th Century mansion sits on 25,000 acres with the hall being home to the Earls of Leicester. With magnificent state rooms, collections of ancient furniture, tapestries and paintings, there are many things to look at when wandering the halls of this Palladian style mansion. Guided tours are available, which explain the history and the importance of this agricultural estate.

The gardens and surrounding parkland are also open to the public with both cycle and boat hire available. The hall is designed as a captivating experience for both children and adults with a woodland play area and treetop zip wires also located on the grounds.

Stately Homes to Visit in North Norfolk
Stately Homes to Visit in North Norfolk

Blickling Hall

Now owned by the National Trust, Blickling Hall is a magnificent Jacobean mansion set in beautiful gardens. The house is open to the public daily with the Great Hall, kitchen, staircase and bedrooms all available to view. Complete with original features, learning about the portraits and furniture, the years of history and the numerous important families who have lived and contributed to the look of the hall is fascinating. The hall is most famously known for being the birthplace of Anne Boleyn and is home to one of the most prestigious Georgian libraries held by the National Trust, with many of the 12,500 books dating back to 1740.

The parkland is perfect for exploring on foot or bicycle and contains landmarks, sculptures and plenty of wildlife. The Acre Garden has spectacular views of the lake and features many landscaped areas which were designed by previous residents of the hall. Visit the onsite café for a bite to eat before having a guided tour of the hall and enjoy a day out both learning and exploring.

Houghton Hall

Home to Great Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, Houghton Hall is famed not only for its previous owners but for its large collection of European art. The five-acre award winning walled garden is one of Houghton’s most popular attractions and is complete with several contrasting ornamental gardens. The restoration of the gardens also involved the addition of an outdoor sculpture trail, many of which were created specifically for Houghton by well-known and renowned artists.

Houghton Hall likes to celebrate art and often holds ticketed exhibitions and events. It is also home to the largest private collection of model soldiers in the world with over 20,000 depicting reconstructions of famous battles. This Norfolk Hall is definitely worth a visit for those who love art and history.

There are many other National Trust properties to visit throughout the area. All of those listed above are located within short drives to our holiday cottages, which makes them a perfect place to visit for the day whilst you stay with us. Kelling Hall itself still remains an active family home and as such is kept currently for private use, but that doesn’t mean you cannot explore the diverse culture of Norfolk by visiting those not in active residence. North Norfolk truly has plenty of things to see and do, with something for everyone, take a look at some of our other posts to fill your itinerary when you visit us.

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