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Houghton Hall & Gardens

Palladian Mansion built for Britain’s First Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole. Award-winning Walled Garden. Contemporary sculptures, Deer Park, Café, Gift Shop, Soldier Museum.
HEAD EAST for Chris Levine at Houghton Hall: 528 Hz Love Frequency between 22 October and 23 December 2021. The exhibition features a series of new holographic artworks, print works and large immersive laser and LED installations. This is a body of new work created specifically for Houghton Hall. Each distinctive work is characteristic of Levine’s unique and cutting-edge work with the meditative and immersive properties of light and sound.

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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.
Situated in traditional parkland, Houghton is home to a spectacular herd of white fallow and other exotic deer.
In recent years, the 18th century planting scheme of formal hedges and avenues has been restored on the West side of the house, and there is now an impressive collection of contemporary sculpture by world renowned artists, displayed in the gardens and grounds, many created especially for Houghton. The first to be commissioned, in 2000, was a ‘Skyspace’ by the American artist James Turrell. Since then sculptures by Richard Long, Anya Gallaccio, Stephen Cox, Jeppe Hein, Rachel Whiteread, Phillip King and Henry Moore have been added.
The 5-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, antique statues, fountains, Stephen Cox’s Flask II, Jeppe Hein’s Waterflame and Sir Richard Long’s Houghton Cross.
The Stables contain a range of original wooden stalls and tack and harness room. There is a fully-licensed café, Gift Shop and a Soldier Museum, which holds The Cholmondeley Collection of Soldiers one of the largest private collections in the world, with 20,000 models displayed.
Situated in traditional parkland, Houghton is home to a spectacular herd of white fallow and other exotic deer.
Displayed in the grounds is an impressive collection of contemporary sculptures by world-renowned artists including works by James Turrell, Richard Long, Stephen Cox, Zhan Wang, Anya Gallaccio, Stephen Cox, Jeppe Hein, Rachel Whiteread and Phillip King. Special for 2018 is an exhibition by Damien Hirst: Colour Space Paintings and Outdoor Sculptures 25th March to 15th July 2018. The Damien Hirst sculptures will remain in the grounds until 30th September 2018.
The 5-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, antique statues, fountains, Stephen Cox’s Flask II, Jeppe Hein’s Waterflame and Sir Richard Long’s Houghton Cross.
The Stables contain a range of original wooden stalls and tack and harness room. There is a fully-licensed café, Gift Shop and a Soldier Museum, which holds The Cholmondeley Collection of Soldiers one of the largest private collections in the world, with 20,000 models displayed. NORFOLK BY DESIGN Pop Up Shop has 45 + local Norfolk artists work for sale until 29th July 2018.

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We are open Wednesday to Sunday and August Bank Holiday Monday from 11AM – 5PM. last entry 4PM.

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  • Wheelchairs available