Blickling Hall is a fine example of Jacobean architecture with a peaceful lake to stroll around and fascinating buildings, monuments and mature trees in the grounds. King Harold built the first house here but when William the Conqueror defeated him at Hastings in 1066, he seized Blickling for himself. A later owner, Nicholas Dagworth, built a moated house here in the 1390s. Eventually, Blickling came into the possession of Sir John Fastolf, believed to be the inspiration for Shakespeare's Falstaff, and then passed to the Boleyn family, where it remained until Anne Boleyn's execution. Later owners, the Hobart family, almost completely rebuilt the house between 1618 and 1629. Designed by Robert Lyminge, the building is brick with stone dressings and a pair of handsome corner towers. Inside, its most famous acquisition is the magnificent tapestry that hangs in the Peter-the-Great Room. Photo credit: Andrew Butler.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Basement & kitchen inaccessible, stairs
- Facilities: Mobility vehicles, lift to first floor, parking
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: House open 14-22 Feb, 21 Mar-1 Nov, 7-29 Nov & 5-20 Dec. Days vary throughout the year please check website for full details
Also in the area
About the area
The North Norfolk Coast is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and probably the finest of its kind in Europe. Here you’ll find a string of quaint villages and small towns – Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea and Cley next the Sea are 21st-century favourites, while Sheringham and Cromer are classic examples of a good old-fashioned seaside resort where grand Victorian hotels look out to sea. Further round the coast you'll find Great Yarmouth, one of the most popular resorts in the UK and packed full of amusements, shops and seashore entertainment. And let's not forget Norwich, the region's only city.
Norfolk prides itself on its wealth of historic houses, the most famous being Sandringham, where Her Majesty the Queen and her family spend Christmas. Many of Norfolk’s towns have a particular charm and a strong sense of community. The quiet market towns of Fakenham and Swaffham are prime examples, as well as Thetford, with its popular museum focusing on the TV comedy series Dad’s Army which was filmed in the area.
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