Famously known as the Queens Norfolk Holiday Home, the Sandringham Estate is the jewel of the Norfolk. Maintained by Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, His Royal Highness has the kept the House and gardens in exceptional condition striving to conserve both the history of the estate and also the countryside beyond it.
Over the past one hundred years more and more of the estate has been made accessible to the public; with King Edward VII opening the gardens in 1908, King George V opening the museum in 1930 and the house itself being opened in 1977 by Her Majesty The Queen in honour of her Silver Jubilee.
There is plenty to entertain the whole family on a day trip here; with vast grounds, stunning gardens, an exceptional restaurant and even a shop where you can get 'Everything Outdoors'. We strongly advise checking the website before planning a visit as the Estate is closed for part of the year and opening times vary dependant on season.
Built in the 1720's for Britains first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, the Hall has travelled through many hands since its original construction. Upon Sir Roberts death it was inherited by his son and remained in the family until the late 18th century when it was passed to the 1st Marquess of Cholmondeley. The hall was rented out to a variety of tenants between 1884 and 1916 which unfortunately resulted in the once grand Palladian house falling into dereliction. When the 5th Marquess of Cholmondeley and his wife, Sybil, inherited the house just after the First World War they began restoring the property to its former glory.
On a day out to Houghton there is plenty to see for the whole family. With its award winning Walled Garden, boasting some beautiful 'ornamental gardens' and a host to some of the most prolific modern day sculptures including Jeppe Hein's 'Water Flame'. There is also the 'Soldier Museum' which holds the largest private collection of model soldiers in the world.
Houghton Hall is open to the public daily between 11am and 4pm though we do strongly advise checking the website prior to visiting as they are a popular exhibition location for artists and these exhibits may intrude upon visitor access.
Holkham Hall is one of the best known gems of the North Norfolk coast. Boasting over 6100 hectares of land, the grounds are a village within themselves.
Though the Hall itself is commonly known as the main feature of the estate; there is plenty more to keep you occupied on a visit. This includes Holkham Park, the perfect place for a quiet stroll in the Norfolk countryside. There is also Holkham Beach and Nature Reserve with its panoramic coastline and variety of local, and some not so local, wildlife; including the spectacular sight of hundreds of pink footed geese!
There are also the famous Walled Gardens to explore; with a plethora of seasonal plants to enjoy! These include pear trees dating back to the original planting back in the late 1800's, a vast selection of figs and even an olive tree.
Open between March and October, we strongly advise checking their website prior to a visit as the Hall is only open on certain days of the week, as are some aspects of the grounds.
Conveniently located right on our doorstep Felbrigg is a must see for anyone visiting the North Norfolk coast for the first time. Built in the 17th century the hall is a beacon of Jacobean architecture. The estate originated with the wealthy Felbrigg family, though none of that particular name lived to see the Hall as we know it today. The estate passed through the Wyndham family until it eventually landed in the hands of John Wyndham, who is widely believed to have been the builder of Felbrigg Hall.
The last owner of the house prior to ending up in the care of the National Trust was Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer. His only heir, his brother Richard, was killed in action in the Second World War. You can still find a memorial to Richard in the woods behind the house to this day. Upon Roberts death in 1969 he left the estate to the National Trust. Though perhaps one of the oldest estates in Norfolk it is also one of the most loved and well-kept.
There is plenty to see on a visit to Felbrigg, including; the seasonally wonderful gardens, the beautifully astounding Chinese Bedroom, the Felbriggs private library - boasting over 5000 books, the oldest of which dates back to 1509 and of course the Cabinet Room which is a shining example of the opulence of the previous residents.
The estate is open throughout the year between 12pm and 3pm though we do strongly advise taking a look at their website prior to a visit as these can vary dependant on the season.
Over the years Cromer and the surrounding area have had their fair share of historical moments; everything from Winston Churchill to the West Runton Mammoth! If you want to delve into the bountiful well of Cromers' history we can highly recommend these local attractions:
·Sandringham Palace and Gardens - 1 hour by car
·Holkham Hall and Gardens - 45 minutes by car
·Houghton Hall - 1 hour by car
·Felbrigg Hall - 10 minutes by car