Somerleyton Hall

A fine Tudor-Jacobean mansion standing in extensive parkland, Somerleyton Hall is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful stately homes in Britain.

The ornate glasshouse at Somerleyton Hall sits amid the walled gardens Janet Tench

The ornate glasshouse at Somerleyton Hall sits amid the walled gardens

 A magnificent family home has stood on the site since 1240. The current building dates from 1604 and was extensively remodelled in the Victorian era by Prince Albert’s favourite sculptor, John Thomas. Highlights include Grinling Gibbons’s carvings in the oak parlour and the grand staircase hall.

Outside there’s a walled garden containing an ornate glasshouse and a yew hedge maze. The more informal area of the 12-acre garden features rhododendrons, azaleas and a fine collection of specimen trees.

Permanent collections

The Crossley family have owned Somerleyton since 1863, and it is their collection of paintings, silverware, fine china, furniture and memorabilia that is currently on display. Among the star works of art are Joseph Wright of Derby’s Academy by Lamplight, two naval scenes by Clarkson Stanfield – The Seige of San Sebastian and The Towing of the Victory – Buck and Fawns by the famous Victorian animal painter, Edwin Landseer, and works by Simone Cantarini, Ferdinand Bol and Richard Ansdell.

Visitor information

Guided tours of the Hall lasting 45 minutes are available between 11.30am and 3.30pm. The tea room serves refreshments, sandwiches and Suffolk cream teas and there’s a gift shop. More substantial meals can be had at the Duke’s Head pub on the estate. All areas of the Hall open to the public are wheelchair accessible.

Venue details

Somerleyton Hall Somerleyton Hall, Somerleyton, Near Lowestoft, Lowestoft Suffolk NR32 5QQ 0871 222 4244

Entry details

£4.97 entry Hall and Gardens with National Art Pass (standard entry £9.95). 

Please visit the Somerleyton Hall website for full seasonal opening times