Built between 1734 and 1764 by Thomas Coke, the 1st Earl of Leicester, this elegant Palladian style mansion which is based on designs by William Kent, has been home to the Coke family since that time. The building reflects the first Earl’s natural appreciation of classical art developed during his Grand Tour and Pevsner described the hall as “The most classically correct house in Britain”.
The Marble Hall provides a spectacular entrance to this imposing house with its 50 ft pressed plaster dome ceiling and walls of English alabaster, not marble as it name implies. The stairway leads up to magnificent state rooms with superb collections of ancient statuary, original furniture and tapestries. As you stroll through the rooms you will find wonderful works of art including works by Rubens, Van Dyck, Gaspar Poussin, Claude and Gainsborough.
One of the last rooms to visit in the house is the old kitchen which was refurbished in the 1850s and used right up until the outbreak of World War II. The vast number of copper pots, pans, moulds and other utensils on show demonstrate the large numbers catered for in the 19th century.
To the west of the hall are the walled gardens; 6 acres of gardens originally laid out by Samuel Wyatt during the late 1700s. The gardens are part of a restoration project to sensitively restore them to their former glory. Visitors are invited to see how the work is progressing.
There is a gift shop offering souvenirs and crafts made by skilled local artisans, a café where you can enjoy delicious local produce, cycle and boat hire, an exciting woodland adventure play area for children and a varied programme of events for all ages. Outside of the park lies Holkham Beach and National Nature Reserve, one of the most unspoilt and beautiful stretches of sand in the country.
Holkham is two miles west of Wells-next-the-Sea on the main A149, within easy reach of Norwich on the A1067, King's Lynn on the A148, and London and Cambridge from the M11 and the A10.
Brown tourist signs indicate the route from Fakenham following the B1105 and A149 road from Wells-next-the-Sea. The main entrance for the public, cars and small coaches to Holkham Park, the Hall and other attractions, is via the north gates of the estate in Park Road.
Sat Nav for Cars: For satellite navigation, NR23 1RH will bring you to the almshouses at the north gates entrance to Holkham Park.
The nearest train station is King's Lynn (approximately 23 miles away), which has hourly trains running from King's Cross, London via Cambridge and Ely.
Height and width restrictions at the north gates to Holkham Park (2.9m wide, 3.3m high), require all coaches and other large vehicles to follow the designated route off the B1105 Fakenham to Wells road, following the brown tourist signs indicating 'Holkham Hall Coaches' and enter Holkham Park via the automated south gates.
Sat Nav for Coaches: For satellite navigation, NR23 1RU brings you to the south gates/Longlands area of Holkham Park. To reach Holkham Hall, please enter the gates and proceed north along the south avenue through the park.
The Norfolk Coasthopper runs from King's Lynn and Hunstanton to Sheringham and has two stops at Holkham. The main bus stop is on the main road in Holkham village. In the summer the service is surprisingly frequent. The Hall is reached via Park Road, approximately a 3/4 mile walk away.
Holkham Park is on National Cycle Route 1. Cycle hire is available during the visitor season. Check our website for details.
Pedestrian access is available everyday except Christmas Day at the North, South, East and West Gates.
From 30th November – 20th December 2016
Returning to the Holkham Estate in north Norfolk on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September from 10am until 5pm.
Quizzes, costumes and crafts, oh my! Halloween returns to Holkham 27th – 30th October 2016
Spend your summer at the Treasure Houses of England.
Contemporary events space and new visitor facilities now complete after a £4.5 million development project