Holkham Hall

This historic house boasts stunning examples of 18th century architecture and an enviable collection of art.

Based on designs by William Kent, the Palladian style mansion was built by Thomas Coke, the 1st Earl of Leicester between 1734 and 1764. Coke's vision of an 'Italian villa on the north Norfolk coast' is a reflection of his appreciation of classical art, developed during a six-year-long Grand Tour of Europe.

To this day it is still a lived-in family home and is occupied by his descendants.

Permanent collections

The state rooms are home to collections of ancient statuary, original furniture, tapestries and an impressive series of paintings by the likes of Rubens, Van Dyck, Claude, Gaspar Poussin and Gainsborough.

Holkham Hall's library, statues, paintings, manuscripts and furniture are a major source for academic research and have been loaned to galleries and museums in Italy, Germany, England, Japan and America.


Visitor information

The hall sits amid the beautiful Holkham Estate which, in recent years, has expanded to include a holiday park, three cafés, several shops and an internationally acclaimed hotel.  There are opera and chamber music performances in the Marble Hall throughout the year and an open-air concert in the deer park during the summer, as well as an annual Country Fair.

Admission to the hall also gives you access to the 18th century Walled Garden, the Field to Fork permanent exhibition and the Woodland Play Area.

Venue details

Holkham Hall Holkham Estate, Wells-next-the-Sea Norfolk NR23 1AB 01328 710227 www.holkham.co.uk

Entry details

£11.25 with National Art Pass (£15 standard entry)

20 Mar – 31 Oct 
Sun, Mon, Thu, Good Friday and Easter Saturday, 12 – 4pm

Walled Garden, Field to Fork exhibition, gift shop, café and Woodland Play Area
Daily, 10am – 5pm