Holkham Hall - Holkham - Norfolk
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                    (c) by John Ashley Photography

Holkham Hall, a large stately home occupied by seven generations of the Earls of Leicester, is open to visitors on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays from 1st April – 31st October. It is a large Palladian palace built in 1734-1762 using designs by William Kent and the owner of Holkham himself. In the grounds roam a large herd of fallow deer against the backdrop of the house which is faced with sand coloured brick made on the estate itself. Rooms that are open to the public include the Marble Hall, State Rooms and the Old Kitchen. There is a fine collection of Greek and Roman statues as well as some excellent paintings. 

The grounds are extensive over 3,000 acres and the estate hosts various events throughout the year. The lake is over a mile long, visited by many species of wildfowl. Also on the estate is the Bygones Museum, Stables café and Gift Shop and the large cobbled stone church of St. Withburga which is on the opposite side of the lake.

Part of the Earl of Leicester’s estate includes Holkham National Nature Reserve, the biggest nature reserve in England incorporating extensive salt marshes backed by Corsican pines and grazing marshes.

The 10 mile stretch of Holkham sands known as the Holkham Meals are a popular place for the family with extensive golden sands on which at low tide a number of pretty shells can be found.

Year round bird watchers congregate to admire the huge flocks of winter migrating birds.