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  • VistEngland VAQAS
  • Norfolk Tourist Attractions Association member
  • Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme
  • The Treasure Houses of England

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The Marble Hall

The Marble Hall

Details

Holkham is a special place where a stunning coastal landscape meets one of England’s great agricultural estates. At the heart of this thriving 25,000 acre estate on the north Norfolk coast, stands Holkham Hall, an elegant 18th century Palladian style house, based on designs by William Kent and built by Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester. The house remains privately-owned and is the home to the Earls of Leicester.

The Marble Hall is a spectacular introduction to this imposing building, with its 50ft pressed plaster dome ceiling and walls of English alabaster, not marble as its name implies. Stairs lead to magnificent state rooms displaying superb collections of ancient statuary, original furniture, tapestries and paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Claude, Gaspar Poussin and Gainsborough.

New for 2017, our exhibition in the hall, titled ‘What the Butler Saw’, will see us delve into the fascinating archives at Holkham to take a look behind the scenes at the lives of the staff who have lived and worked here. Using unseen photographs and original uniforms, alongside historic documents, we will tell the personal experiences and colourful stories of the people who have helped to keep this great house running over the last 200 years to the present day. The exhibition is available to view during normal hall opening times and is included in standard admission.

Discover more with the Field to Fork Experience, which tells the story of Holkham’s unique farming history. Let our ‘talking tools’ tell you what they were used for; find out who puts the malt in Maltesers; discover why cow pats are so important; take your turn at milling flour; test your foody knowledge with our quick-fire table-top game; sit back and enjoy our beautiful ‘Holkham Year’ film; don those Holkham tweeds and Bowler hats and dress up as a Holkham gamekeeper – with smells to sniff, buttons to press and drawers to open you’ll really enjoy discovering farming without having to put your wellies on!

The house is surrounded by rolling parkland with opportunities to discover the wildlife and landscape with nature trails, cycle and boat hire on Holkham lake. Children can enjoy the exciting woodland adventure play area where there’s an amazing tree house, high level walkways, rope ladders and fun zip wire.

Visit the 18th century walled garden to the west of the hall to enjoy the peaceful and tranquil setting and see the ongoing restoration project to sensitively restore the 6 acres of gardens to its former glory. Your visit must include the Courtyard Café and Gift Shop, both showcasing the work and produce of local artisan suppliers.

GROUP TRAVEL FACILITIES:
Pre-booked groups of 15 or more people visiting Holkham are able to benefit from the following: A department to deal with your booking on a one-to-one basis; 20% discount off the advertised admission prices.; Free admission to the attraction(s) for the group organiser; Free admission to the attraction(s) for the coach driver; A voucher for the coach driver for complimentary refreshments in the café. Free parking for coaches.

SUGGESTED LENGTH OF VISIT: 3 to 4 hours.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitalityHelicopter landing

Disabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Full disabled access to shop and café and hall's ground floor. A stair climbing machine gives access to the hall's first floor for most manually operated wheelchairs. Full disabled access information is available on our website.

Prices

GROUP RATES:

20% discount off the advertised admission prices for pre-booked groups of 15 or more people.

Parking: No charge for coaches


Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 22 - Sun 23 Jul BioBlitz Wildlife Survey
Sat 22 - Sun 23 Jul Holkham Country Fair
Sat 22 - Sun 23 Jul Holkham Country Fair
Sun 23 Jul Tom Jones
Mon 24 Jul - Tue 5 Sep Field to Fork Tractor Trailer Tour
Tue 25 - Wed 26 Jul Pond Dipping

Address

Holkham Estate,
Wells-next- the-Sea,
Norfolk,
NR23 1AB

Location

Directions

See location of Holkham Hall on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TF 884428  Lat: 52.94948 Long: 0.80283

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.

Brown tourist signs indicate route from Fakenham following B1105 and A149 to Wells.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 28 miles from Kings Lynn station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Helicopter landingHelicopter landing
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Full disabled access to shop and café and hall's ground floor. A stair climbing machine gives access to the hall's first floor for most manually operated wheelchairs. Full disabled access information is available on our website.