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Jennifer Taverner - Estate Office

01485 528569


King's Lynn,
PE31 6UE

Houghton Hall - The Stone Hall

Houghton Hall - The Stone Hall

The Stone Hall -


Houghton Hall is one of the finest Palladian Houses in this country. Built in the 1720s, for Sir Robert Walpole, Britain's First Prime Minister. It is a showcase of the work of architects James Gibbs and Colen Campbell complemented by the richly ornamented interiors of William Kent and furnished to reflect Walpole's growing wealth and power. The Hall is currently the home of the 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley, Walpole's descendent, and his family.
The Hall sits in traditional parkland, which is home to a spectacular herd of white fallow and other exotic deer.
In recent years, Lord Cholmondeley has built up an impressive collection of contemporary sculptures by world-renowned artists which are displayed in the gardens and grounds. Works include those by James Turrell, Richard Long, Stephen Cox, Zhan Wang, Anya Gallaccio, Stephen Cox, Jeppe Hein, Rachel Whiteread and new for 2016 "Dunstable Reel" by Phillip King.
The award-winning five-acre Walled Garden includes a spectacular double-sided herbaceous border, a formal rose parterre, a Mediterranean garden, and a kitchen garden with arches and espaliers of apples and pears. There are also glasshouses, a croquet lawn, antique statues, fountains and Jeppe Hein's Waterflame. The Stables contain a range of original wooden stalls, with a tack and harness room. There is a fully-licensed café, Gift Shop as well as The Model Soldier Museum, which houses one of the finest and largest private collections in the world, with 20,000 models displayed.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePostboxPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groupsHelicopter landing

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Garden of the Year Award 2007 by Historic Houses Association. Christies awarded in May 2008. Visit England - Quality Rose Marque. RHS Partner Garden, HHA Member, National Gardens Scheme Member.

Opening details

OPEN 1st May to 25th September 2016 - Selected Days
Open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from 11am (gardens and grounds) and 12.30pm for house until 5.30pm. Last admission one hour before closing at 4.30pm.

Please note that regrettably dogs (other than guide dogs) are not permitted.

On 22nd June due to a Charity event the Hall will close at 3pm and last admission will be at 2pm on that day.
The gardens and grounds will close at the normal time of 5.30pm


See website for entry prices:



See location of Houghton Hall and Gardens on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TF 791287  Lat: 52.82605 Long: 0.65682

By Road:
Houghton Hall is situated 13 miles East of King's Lynn/10 miles west of Fakenham - just off the A148 at New Houghton. Signed by brown signs off the A148. Follow signs through park gates to car park. A special area is designated for disabled parking near the house.

By Public Transport:
Nearest station is King's Lynn.

Parking: free


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Helicopter landingHelicopter landing
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Garden of the Year Award 2007 by Historic Houses Association. Christies awarded in May 2008. Visit England - Quality Rose Marque. RHS Partner Garden, HHA Member, National Gardens Scheme Member.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking provided for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • Surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance is:
  • grass and gravel

  • Route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesFlat (ie without steps)


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to restaurant / cafe
  • YesLevel access (ie no steps or thresholds), or access by ramp or lift to the toilets
  • YesLevel access (ie no steps or thresholds) or access by ramp to a specially adapted toilet for wheelchair users
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesLow potassium
    • YesLow sodium
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesRestaurant / café well lit and suitable for people with sight impairments
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu
  • YesAudible alarm system


  • YesEntrance is well lit
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