Holkham Hall, Norfolk

Photo: Max Sowerby

The Hall

Introduction

For 2017, discover treasures from Holkham’s Library with our special month by month display of books and manuscripts that are rarely seen by the public. Click here to find out more.

With a stunning location on the north Norfolk coast and at the heart of a thriving 25,000 acre estate, Holkham Hall is described as an exceptional place, rich in history, architecture and wildlife. The seat of the Earls of Leicester, this elegant 18th century mansion is still very much a lived-in family home which the family take pride in sharing with visitors.

The hall is an elegant 18th century Palladian style house, based on designs by William Kent and built by Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester. 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.

The Hall is a member of the Treasure Houses group which consists of ten of the most magnificent palaces, houses and castles in England today. Each has its own unique charm and all combine together to give a fascinating insight into life in England over the centuries.

Holkham Hall is also a member of the Historic Houses Association. Formed in 1973, the HHA exists to provide practical advice and professional services to private owners, and to represent them in their effort to preserve this vital part of our heritage in the interest of the nation. To see information on becoming a Friend of the HHA click here.

The re-gilding of several areas of the hall has been carried out by London gilder, Rupert Coke. For more information about his work at Holkham please click here.

Click here to see an interactive panorama of Holkham Hall covering 150º (photography by Rod Edwards www.rodedwards.co.uk)