Holkham is a special place where a stunning coastal landscape meets one of England’s great agricultural estates. At the heart of this thriving 25,000-acre estate on the north Norfolk coast, stands Holkham Hall, an elegant 18th-century Palladian style house, based on designs by William Kent and built by Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester. The house remains privately-owned and is the home to the Earls of Leicester.
The house is surrounded by rolling parkland with opportunities to discover the wildlife and landscape, including the Red and Fallow Deer, with nature trails, cycle routes and boat hire on Holkham lake.
Things to do
Holkham hosts many events. The events include:
- Marble Hall Concerts
- Open Air Cinema
- Country Fair
- Open Air Concerts
- Pedal Norfolk
The Marble Hall is a spectacular introduction to this imposing building, with its 50ft pressed plaster dome ceiling and walls of English alabaster, not marble as its name implies. Stairs lead to magnificent state rooms displaying superb collections of ancient statuary, original furniture, tapestries and paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Claude, Gaspar Poussin and Gainsborough.
Field to Fork
Visit the exciting, interactive experience all about food and farming at Holkham. ‘Field to Fork’ tells the story of Holkham’s unique farming history and the fascinating, complex and interwoven stories of crop production, gamekeeping and conservation and how this all contributes to producing the food on your fork. Cycle around Holkham park and collect your Field to Fork stamps, learning about food production and wildlife along the way or take a tractor-trailer tour around the park and find out exactly where your food comes from.
The sweeping park that surrounds the hall is home to a large herd of Fallow Deer and a small herd of Red Deer that roam freely.
The beach at Holkham is one of the most unspoilt and beautiful stretches of sand in the country. It is part of the Holkham National Nature Reserve which stretches from Wells-next-the-Sea to Burnham Overy and comprises a number of rare and precious habitats including salt marsh, sand dunes, pine woodland, beach and grazing marsh.
Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1AB.