For a lovely day out wandering award-winning gardens, Houghton Hall is also near the hotel.
This striking example of palladian architecture was built in the 1720s for the then Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole. As well as the spectacular gardens and beautiful hall, this site is home to an impressive collection of contemporary art and a soldier museum.
Lavishly decorated by William Kent with painted ceilings and gilded furniture, these rooms were designed to impress, and they still do even today. Explore these fine rooms while admiring the valuable paintings and exquisite tapestries.
Houghton Hall Gardens
The Walled Garden at Houghton Hall won Christie’s Historic Houses Association ‘Garden of the Year Award’ in 2007, and it’s easy to see why.
These stunning gardens include an impressive rose parterre, rustic temple, double-sided herbaceous border and a contemporary sculpture collection.
Art at Houghton Hall
Art is intrinsic to Houghton Hall, and it has an impressive selection of historic and modern art on display. Renowned artists like Damien Hirst have exhibited their work both inside and outside of this dazzling property.
With many reconstructions on display, the Soldier Museum at Houghton Hall contains the largest private collection of model soldiers in the world. Started by the 6th Marquess of Cholmondeley as a child, this museum is not to be missed.
Food & Drink at Houghton Hall
The Stables Cafe is fully licensed and serves a range of light lunches, hot drinks and cakes. During peak times, there is also a pop-up cafe on the West Lawn for snacks, drinks and ice cream.
For more information
Houghton Hall, The Estate Office
Houghton Hall, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE31 6UE (get directions)
How to get to Houghton Hall
Houghton Hall is about 20 minutes from Congham Hall Hotel.
Getting to Houghton Hall from Congham Hall Hotel by car:
- Turn left out of the hotel and then turn left onto the B1153.
- When you get to the A148, turn right.
- Continue on the A148 until you see signposts to Haughton Hall.
Opening Times & Entry Prices
Houghton Hall is currently closed for winter. Please visit their website for up-to-date opening times and prices.