Nearby the hotel you’ll find Holkham Hall, the splendid Palladian Hall built by Thomas Coke, the Earl of Leicester.
The grand mansion sits in the centre of a 25,000 acre agricultural estate. With impressive architecture, delightful works of art and beautiful gardens to explore, there’s lots to see and do at Holkham Hall.
Holkham Hall, with all its history and grandeur, is still very much a family home. Viscount Coke and his family live there, taking great pride in displaying their home to the public during the summer months.
The 18th century Hall itself was elegantly designed by William Kent, similar to Houghton Hall. The Marble Hall is probably the most striking part of the property with its 50 ft domed ceiling. Although not actually constructed of marble, this room is nothing but breathtaking. The state rooms are worth a visit too, with charming collections of statues, original furniture, tapestries and paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Claude, Gaspar Poussin and Gainsborough.
The Walled Garden at Holkham Hall
The 6-acre Walled Garden dates back to the 1700s. In this 7-sectioned garden you can enjoy a peaceful stroll through colourful flower beds, ‘working’ vegetable gardens and lovingly refurbished Victorian greenhouses. Don’t forget to admire the Italian iron gates, which were brought to the gardens from Venice in 1908.
Food & Drink at Holkham Hall
The Courtyard Cafe is a lovely place for morning coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea. They serve a range of hot/cold drinks and freshly-made food. Eat inside or in the sun-drenched courtyard.
Events at Holkham Hall
Field to Fork is an interactive exhibition that tells the story of the farming history of Holkham Hall. Learn how the crops in the field turn into food on our plates through virtual tractor tours, hands on milling and dressing up. Lots of fun for all the family.
Holkam Hall also hosts a number of concerts, theatrical performances and operas. Visit their website for further details.
The Park at Holkham Hall
Holkham Hall is surrounded by luscious 3000-acre grounds. There are various designated walkways and cycle paths that allow you to explore, visiting landmarks like the obelisk. Also, keep your eyes peeled for the Fallow Deer who roam freely in the area.
Entry to Holkham Hall, the Field to Fork Experience and the Walled Garden is £16.00 for adults and £8.00 for children (5-16 years). Other ticket options are available, please visit their website for further details.
*Please note opening times and entry fees are subject to change. Please consult Holkham Hall’s website before travelling.
Holkham Hall is open Sundays (excluding Sunday 12th May and Sunday 21st July), Mondays and Thursdays from 12.00pm to 4.00pm.
The Walled Garden is open every day from 10.00am to 5.00pm.
The Field to Fork Experience is open every day from 10.00am to 5.00pm.
Holkham Park is open every day from 9.00am to 5.00pm.
The Courtyard Cafe is open every day from 10.00am to 5.00pm (opens 9.00am on Saturdays)
For winter opening times, please visit their website.
For more information
Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea
Norfolk, NR23 1AB (get directions)
How to get to Holkham Hall
Holkham Hall is around 40 minutes from Congham Hall Hotel.
Getting to Holkham Hall from Congham Hall Hotel by car:
- Turn left out of the hotel and follow Low Rd onto the B1153.
- Continue on the B1153 until you get to the A148 and turn right.
- Turn left and head back onto the B1153.
- Continue for around 5.5 miles, then turn right on the B1155.
- After around 5 miles, turn right at The Lofts at Mill House Farm.
- Turn right onto the B1355, then take the next left onto Wells Rd.
- After 2.5 miles turn left, and then right on The Avenue, following signs to Holkham Hall.