Holkham is a classic Palladian mansion built in the mid-1700s by Thomas Coke, the first Earl of Leicester and is home to his descendants.
It has a magnificent alabaster entrance hall and the sumptuous state rooms house Roman Statues, fine furniture and paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Gainsborough and many others. The Holkham Bygones Collection, housed in the original 19th century stable block, has more than 4,000 items, ranging from working steam engines, vintage cars, tractors and kitchenware. The 3000 acre park has a herd of fallow deer and many species of wildfowl on the lake.
Visit the Holkham Stories Experience and find out all about the estate’s 400-year past, living present and innovative future. Aimed at both adults and children alike, there’s plenty to keep you occupied. Dress up in a Holkham tweed jacket and bowler hat, let our ‘talking tools’ tell you what they were used for, sit back, relax and enjoy our ‘Holkham Year’ film. Learn how the very bricks used to build Holkham Hall were made here on the estate. Enjoy an interactive tabletop game as you learn all about how your food gets from the field to your fork!
Explore the children’s woodland adventure play area, hire bikes or a boat, and enjoy the colourful plantings and scents in the historic walled garden. Get your feet off the ground on a giant Ropes Course, and embark on a treetop adventure over wobbly crossings, swinging bridges, see saws and best of all zip wires to get you safely back on the ground.
Finish off your visit by treating yourself at the Courtyard Café, where the estate serves only the best, locally-sourced food and a gift shop, showcasing the work of local artisan suppliers.