Explore Norfolk's Stately Homes
Norfolk has plenty of things on offer throughout the year, from long sandy beaches, to towns that take you back in time. But one of the most popular things to do is visit some of the many stately homes, here are our favourites!
Only a 10 minute drive from Aylsham, Blickling Hall is the perfect place to explore this summer with the kids! Built in 1616, the Jacobean hall and it's impressive history can be explored any day of the week. With activities for children held in the gardens it's a great day out for the family. Pack a picnic and take a walk around the lake for some free family fun.
Sandringham is the much loved country retreat of her Majesty the Queen, and has been the private home of four generations of British Monarchs since 1862. Sandringham is a family friendly and informal place to visit, with knowledgeable guides in every room of the House and acres of beautiful gardens to explore.
Felbrigg Hall is a 17th-century English country house, part of a National Trust property, the unaltered 17th-century house is noted for its Jacobean architecture and fine Georgian interior. Outside the house are a walled garden, an orangery and orchards. It's the perfect place to take the dogs for a walk around the lake and through the many surrounding fields, visit in the spring where you can watch the new lambs being born.
Holkham Hall & Estate
Holkham Hall is an 18th-century country house located adjacent to the village of Holkham. The house was constructed in the Palladian style for The 1st Earl of Leicester by the architect William Kent, aided by the architect and aristocrat Lord Burlington. Today they have a huge range of activities for kids such as the Field to Fork exhibition telling the interesting history of farming in the area.
With its domed corner towers, this is one of the finest Palladian-style houses in England, built and furnished between 1722 and 1735 for Robert Walpole, Britain’s first Prime Minister. Its sumptuous Stone Hall, Marble Parlour, Cabinet Room and Salon are just some of the parade of state rooms, all lavishly endowed with pictures, statuary and fine furniture. The Hall is surrounded by parkland, home to a herd of white fallow and exotic deer, and there is a restored walled garden.