One of Norfolk’s premier stately homes, Houghton Hall was built for Sir Robert Walpole in the early 1700’s. Various financial difficulties and setbacks which saw the estate in the hands of a number of tenants through the years.
Despite setbacks, the Hall has remained in the family and was restored to its original state after the Great War.
The State Rooms were lavishly decorated to impress the many distinguished guests. Walpole would have entertained many during his time as Prime Minister and housed some of his original collection of paintings.
No expense was spared on the design of these sumptuous rooms despite only being used on rare occasions.
The Hall offers extensive gardens and parklands including fruits and vegetables, impressive water features and statues. Included with traditional garden sculptures, the present Lord Cholmondeley has commissioned a number of contemporary pieces.
Among the exhibits by world-renowned artists a wide range of materials, textures and colours have been used. A number of these sculptures were created with a specific place in the garden in mind.
The Stables offer the chance to view the incredible facilities built for Sir Robert’s horses and now houses. Here you will find The Soldier Museum and The Stables Cafe.
The 6th Marquess of Cholmondeley started the Soldier Museum as a child. This Museum has now grown into the largest private collection in the world. For anyone interested in military history, the recreations of famous battles are awe-inspiring. Iside here are displays of militaria, battles and paintings.
With so much to see the Estate does offer guided tours and is largely wheelchair accessible. We find these tours informative and very interesting.
This is a great day out or place to visit for all the family. Take a picnic to drink in the history and culture of Norfolk within a fine Palladian hall.
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