Houghton Hall & Gardens
Houghton Hall is one of the finest Palladian houses in the country, built for Britain's first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole in the 1720s. The finest craftsmen of the time were employed and much of the original fabric and furniture are still in place. The Hall is surrounded by parkland, home to white fallow and exotic deer and contemporary sculptures. The award winning 5 acre walled garden includes a formal rose parterre, Mediterranean French lavender garden, kitchen garden, glasshouses, stunning herbaceous borders, fountains and statues. A soldier museum is housed in the Stable Square where the old stables, tack room, gift shop and fully licensed café can also be found. Check website for details of forthcomung events.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking onsite
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: 2 motorised wheelchairs available for use in walled garden
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open until 26 Oct, Wed-Thu, Sat-Sun and Aug BH Mon 11-5 (may close for special events, last admission 4). House opens 12 (last admission 3.30). Please check website for current opening times
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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