Great Norfolk Country Houses

The rich and famous of history used the wide open spaces of Norfolk to found large estates and build great houses, ranging from the fortified manor to wildly indulgent mansions. Some of the most interesting are open to visitors:

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Blickling Hall

Blickling Hall (National Trust) – a Jacobean house reputed to be visited by the ghost of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife. The house has a fine collection of furniture and rare books. There are excellent lakeside and woodland walks in the grounds.


Felbrigg hall
Felbrigg Hall (National Trust) – a fine example of Stuart architecture with Georgian interior with 18th century furniture, extensive library and a large collection of Grand Tour paintings. The walled garden and potager are of interest.

Holkham Hall - the seat of the Earls of Leicester is a fine Palladian Hall built by the first Earl following his continental Grand Tour. The Italianate House lies in classic parkland which is home to large herds of deer and offers fine walks.