Houghton Hall & Gardens
Houghton Hall was built in 1720s by Sir Robert Walpole, Britain's First Prime Minister. It is one of the grandest Palladian Houses in England, designed by James Gibbs and Colen Campbell with the interiors by William Kent and opulently furnished to reflect Walpole's status. Houghton retains most its original furnishings.
The Hall is surrounded by a 450 acre Deer Park home to a spectacular herd of White Fallow deer and other exotic deer. The 5 acre award winning Walled Garden is divided into 'garden room's including Kitchen garden, spacious herbaceous borders, a formal rose parterre, glass houses and sculptures and a water feature by Jeppe Hein. Contemporary sculptures are displayed around the grounds including works by James Turrell, Richard Long, Stephen Cox, Anya Gallaccio and Zan Wang.
In a special event for Summer 2013 - "Houghton Revisited" - the magnificent art collection of Great Britain's first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, is reassembled in its spectacular original setting - the State Rooms at Houghton Hall. The exhibition itself is open from 17 May to 29 September. Advance booking for exhibition tickets from houghtonrevisited.com or call 01603 598640. Booking not required for Gardens and Grounds tickets.
The Model Soldier Museum contains over 20,000 models in various battle formations. It is one of the largest and most comprehensive collections in the world.
Gift shop, picnic and children's play area. The Restaurant provides lunches and teas (groups are recommended to pre book).
Exhibition and House:
Child (5 - 16) £10
Family (4 tickets) £46
Garden and Grounds:
Child (5 - 16) £3
Family (2 + 3) £22
|Season Dates||Opening Hours|
|Fri 17 May 2013 - Sun 29 Sep 2013||Wed - Sun 11:00 to 17:00|
|Notes||Open from 17 May - 29 September 2013.
Wednesday - Sunday & Bank Hols 11.00am - 5.00pm (last admission to house 4.30pm).
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VenueHoughton Hall & Gardens
Houghton, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE31 6UE
Map reference: TF 791287 Lat: 52.82605 Long: 0.65682
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
Nearest station : 13 miles (20.9 kms) from King's Lynn station
Garden of the Year Award 2007 by Historic Houses Association. Christies awarded in May 2008.