Our aim at Holkham is to ensure that the attractions, facilities and the wider estate are managed and enhanced to the highest standards to accommodate all accessibility needs where possible. With a number of great visitor attractions on offer at Holkham you will find something for everyone. Please get in touch if you require any further information about specific access or need advice on planning your visit.
At a Glance
- We have a hearing loop in parts of the Field to Fork Experience.
- Glass doors and full-height windows in the gift shop have contrast markings 5cm wide.
- Some parts of the venue have low lighting.
- We have a complimentary ticket policy for carers.
- There is an accessible toilet for disabled visitors.
- We have staff trained in First Aid.
- Dogs must to be kept on a lead at all times. Dogs are allowed in the ticket office, Field to Fork Experience, gift shop, in the seating areas of the café and the walled garden. Assistance dogs are welcome in the hall.
- There is limited mobile phone coverage. Wifi is available in the courtyard café. There is no public telephone.
- The attractions are surrounded by extensive parkland with a herd of Fallow deer.
(Sat Nav should use NR23 1RH)
- By car, motorcycle or small commercial vehicle: The main entrance is via the north gates which is off the Wells-next-the-Sea to Hunstanton road (A149) following brown tourist signs. Please use the postcode NR23 1RH for SatNav. The gates are open every day from 25th March – 31st October 2018, 9am-5pm. The gates will be open every day 10am-4pm from 1st November – 21st December 2018. Holkham park is open to pedestrians only from 22nd December to the start of the 2019 visitor season, excluding Christmas day.
- By coach: Due to height and width restrictions at the north gates, coaches must use the south gates entrance following brown tourist signs indicating ‘Holkham Hall Coaches’. The route can be picked up on the B1105 Fakenham to Wells-next-the-Sea road. The south gates are automated and entry to the park is only available using a keypad code. Coaches and unscheduled HGVs should contact Holkham estate office for further information before visiting.
- Cattle grids are at all entrances to the deer park, with pedestrian gates to the side. Gates must be kept closed. There is a 20mph speed restriction through the deer park. Visitors should be aware of deer and other wildlife crossing. There are two speed calming ramps to the north of the hall close to the car and coach parking areas.
- Directional signage in Holkham park is dark green with white lettering. Signage directs visitors to the main car park.
- Pedestrian and cycle access is via the walk-in gates at the north, east, south and west entrances from 7am-7pm. On Tuesdays and Thursdays from September to March, due to estate management reasons, entry is often only available after 10am. Holkham is reached on foot following the Norfolk Coast Path and the National Cycle Route no.1 runs through Holkham park. Cycle hire is available from Norfolketc during the visitor season, days and times vary so it is essential to check the website before your visit.
- By bus: The local bus service runs from King’s Lynn, via Holkham, to North Walsham. Please refer to http://www.traveline.info/ to check the bus operator and timetable. The bus stop in Holkham Village is one mile / 1.6 km from Holkham Hall.
- By train: Holkham is not easily reached by train and further transport is required; Sheringham station is 20 miles / 32.2 km away. You can catch the bus from Sheringham to Holkham. King’s Lynn is 25 miles / 40.2 km away and Norwich 35 miles / 56.3 km. King’s Lynn and Norwich have direct links to/from London.
Arrival and Parking
- There is level access from the car park to the entrances of most of the visitor attractions. Although level, the routes cover ground such as gravel, tarmac, cobbled stones and grassland. These paths may be uneven underfoot.
- On arrival at the car park, a parking attendant will issue your parking ticket and will provide a welcome leaflet containing a map and useful information relevant to your visit.
- Visitors must park in the designated car park or on the grass as directed during peak season. There is no parking allowed elsewhere in the park.
- There is a parking charge for all motor vehicles of £3 per day which will be taken by the parking attendant on your arrival. The parking charge includes a redemption offer; from 25th March – 31st October 2018 the £3 charge can be redeemed on spending £12 or more in our gift shop. From 1st November – 21st December 2018 the £3 charge can be redeemed on spending £12 or more in the gift shop or courtyard café. The perforated voucher forms part of your two-part parking ticket and should be handed to the sales assistant prior to making a purchase.
- There is a level tarmac parking area for up to 6 coaches. Coaches bringing visiting groups are exempt from the daily parking charge.
- There is no charge for pedestrians or cyclists.
- Accessible parking bays on tarmac are located away from the main carpark, 20m from the coach parking area. There is one speed calming ramp en route.
- Visitors with access requirements visiting the hall can be dropped off outside. The driver will be asked to re-park in the accessible car parking area. There are two speed calming ramps en route to the hall.
- From the main car park, coach park and accessible parking bays, there is level access to the ticket office, courtyard café and gift shop and The Field to Fork Experience via a tarmac path and gravel. The courtyard is cobbled and may be uneven underfoot.
- There is level access to reach the hall, via a tarmac path, however, there are stone steps to gain entry into the hall or there is a permanent access ramp.
- The ticket office is your main point of contact during your visit to Holkham, open from 10am-5pm. Please purchase your tickets here before making your way to the attractions.
- The ticket office is on the main approach from the car park via a tarmac path and then gravel.
- There is a wooden ramp at the main door. The door is 108cm wide. There is a second internal door which opens inwards, this door is 82cm wide.
- There are three till points inside at a counter which is 110cm high and 4m long. There are low sections at either end of the counter.
- Exit from the ticket office is via a single door which opens inwards. It has a width of 108cm and a step down of 15cm.
- There is a complimentary ticket policy for carers. (One complimentary ticket per registered disabled visitor).
- There is a buggy service for visitors to get to and from the main visitor attractions and walled garden.
- The hall stands separately from the visitor facilities, west of the car parking area.
- From the car park, access is via a hard core track with a slight incline.
- The main entrance is via four stone steps each 16cm high. To the left is an alternative all-weather metal walkway with a gradient of 1:18 and metal handrail either side.
- Entrance takes you into the foyer. The doorstep is 10cm high and covered by a wooden ramp. The door is half glass and opens inwards, it is 125cm wide.
- To get into the Marble Hall there are two stone steps 12cm high each or a wooden ramp to the left of the door with a gradient of 1:6. The door into the Marble hall is 82cm wide. Staff are happy to assist wherever necessary.
- Inside the hall the flooring ranges from worn flagstone, wooden floorboards and carpet/rugs. Rooms are lit with both artificial and natural light.
- All of the state rooms are on the first floor, accessed by 19 steps, each 14cm high with a central handrail. Visitors with access requirements are able to gain access to the first floor by using a stair lift. Assisted by hall staff, the ‘Jolly Stairclimber’ can take most types of manual wheelchair up the staircase in the Marble Hall.
- Please be aware that there is a weight limit of 18 stones/114 kilograms (person and wheelchair) when using this apparatus.
- If a wheelchair is incompatible with the equipment, the user is invited to transfer to one of the two wheelchairs in the hall where possible.
- Once up the stairs, there is an ambulatory, maximum width 124cm. This leads to two state rooms, which have a single step up on 15cm. A portable wooden ramp can be placed over the step if required.
- Whilst touring the hall, some display information is low for wheelchair users.
- There are seats inside the hall, please ask a member of staff if you are unsure of which ones you may sit on. (Those not to be sat on will have a sign on).
- Access to The Old Kitchen is via a ramp with a gradient of 1:5 and corridor with a width of 45cm at its narrowest point. The lighting in the corridor is artificial.
- From the carpark to the stables courtyard there is level access via a concrete path and then gravel.
- This is our main visitor services area and includes the Field to Fork Experience, Courtyard Café and Gift Shop. They are all situated off the courtyard which is cobbled and can be uneven underfoot.
- During visitor season there is metal furniture outside, large planters, A-frames and display tractors; please be careful when moving around the courtyard.
- There is a toilet for visitors with access requirements in this area, as well as a lavatory complex.
The Field to Fork Experience
- From the car park there is level access via a tarmac path and cobbled courtyard.
- The exhibition is open every day 10am-5pm from 25th March – 31st October 2018.
- The door is 150cm wide and opens automatically into the foyer. The flooring is carpet and then polished concrete.
- Some display information is low, for wheelchair users.
- There is a hearing loop in place from room 2 onwards. There are 7 exhibition rooms in total which follow a one way system.
- There is farming equipment suspended from the ceiling towards the beginning of the exhibition.
- There is a ‘cinema’ room with low lighting. The film has subtitles and there are seats in the form of wooden benches. All other videos in the exhibition have subtitles.
- The exhibition is multi-sensory and interactive. There are opportunities to touch, smell, hear and see.
- There are rooms which have been sectioned to make smaller rooms and a corridor.
- To exit, there are two outward opening glass doors. When both used they open to a width of 122cm. Each door has 5cm frosted circles spaced 25cm apart.
Courtyard Gift Shop
- From the car park to the shop, there is level access via a tarmac path and cobbled courtyard. The shop is open from 25th March-31st October 2018 10am-5pm and from 1st November-21st December 2018 from 10am-4pm.
- There are 4 large glass windows and 2 glass doors across the front facing wall. There are 5cm frosted circles spaced 25cm apart on the glass.
- The doors are120cm wide, they open inwards and outwards and there is a very slight step of 4cm through the door. Just inside the door is a metal grate cover with runs the width of the shop and is 27cm deep.
- The route through the shop is 80cm wide at its narrowest point.
- The flooring is polished concrete and some displays are on the floor. Other displays are in the form of wall units, refrigeration units, shelving units, tables and some free standing displays. Some items may be out of reach, please ask a member of staff for assistance
- The till counter is 110cm high and 3.3m long.
- From the car park to the cafe, there is level access via a tarmac path and cobbled courtyard. The café is open every day from 25th March – 31st October 10am-5pm and 1st November – 21st December 10am-4pm.
- The entrance is via the courtyard and has a slight step up onto a carpet entrance mat. The door is 104cm wide.
- To get to a table, there are no steps. Wooden tables are 76cm high, the chairs are also wooden, there are 46cm high to the seat. There are also lower coffee tables with lounge chairs/sofas which are cushioned. The sofa is 39cm high and the cushioned, wooden chairs are 41cm high to the seat. High chairs are also available.
- The flooring is polished concrete. The café is a light, airy space, made up of both natural and artificial light.
- If you need table service please alert a member of staff. Otherwise, some areas are self-service (fridges) and some food is served by staff at the counter.
- The counter is 86cm high and 3.6m long. There are 2 till points at this counter.
- We cater for sugar free (diabetic), vegetarian and gluten free (celiac) specific diets. For any other specific dietary requirements please speak to a member of the café team who will be able to advise.
The Walled Garden
- The walled garden is situated to the west of the hall, approximately ¼ mile following the hardcore road and grassed parkland. The terrain is accessible but is uneven and sloped in places.
- Car parking is limited and is only available for visitors with access requirements. Please use the buggy service from the main visitor attractions to get to the walled garden if needed.
- The walled garden is open 25th March – 31st October 2018 every day 10am-5pm. Please purchase your ticket from the ticket office before coming to this attraction.
- The entrance/exit is via an iron gate which is suitable for wheelchair access. All areas of this attraction are external with the exception of some glasshouses and a small potting shed. The terrain around the walled garden is grassed or gravel. Pathways may be uneven.
- There are a limited number of wooden picnic benches and stand-alone benches.
- There are lavatories (porta-kabin style) at the walled garden. There are no accessible lavatories.
Designated Nature Trail
- There are three designated walks in the park; The Lake Walk – 2 ½ miles, The Park Walk – 4 miles and The Farm Walk – 6 miles.
- There is also a nature trail with a quiz. It is 5954 metres/ 1 ¼ miles long and comprises of 28 information panels along the route.
- Some of the trail may be uneven as it navigates woodland and parkland tracks. Some of the trail is sloped. The trail has log benches along the way. There are cattle grids in/out of the deer park.
Woodland Adventure Play Area
- The play area is open every day 25th March – 31st October 2018 from 10am-5pm.
- Access from the car park is via a bark path which may be uneven underfoot. The route is 25m long.
- The play area is fenced, it is 170cm high. There is one entrance 110cm wide.
- The flooring to the play area is bark. There are low log benches for seating.
- Equipment is made from wood or rope or both. The zip wire is made of metal covered with a plastic coating and has a plastic seat. There is a tree house, rope walks, platforms, crawl tunnel, split-level tower, climbing frame and zip-wire.
- The recommended age to use the play area is 5-12 years and a minimum height requirement of 105cm.
- There is a separate area for toddlers 5 years and under. There is a sandpit, swings, raised wooden pathway and is fenced off by a wooden fence 64cm high and has an entrance which is 95cm wide.
- The cycle hire centre is operated by a franchise – Norfolketc. Adult and children’s bicycles are available. Please check the website for opening days and times.
- The centre is a wooden structure next to the main visitor car park. It is accessed via parkland and a hard core track. It is 12.5m long and 6.5m wide. There is a ramp leading to the entrance which is made of wooden decking with non-slip grooves. It has a gradient of 1:13, there is also a wooden handrail approx. 1m high.
- The entrance/exit is via two double wooden doors, 87cm wide each. The counter is 97cm high, 60cm deep and 2.2m long. There are hand washing facilities here.
- The boat hire is operated by a franchise – Norfolketc and included rowing boats, canoes and kayaks. Please check the website for opening days and times – operation is also weather dependent.
- The wooden jetty is to the north of the hall and accessed via a tarmac roadway and parkland. There is deep water and signage not to enter the water. A lifebelt is located at the jetty. Trained staff are on duty to monitor actives and age restrictions apply for some of the activities.
- The complex is made up of 8 ladies’ lavatories, 5 gents’ lavatories and 3 urinals, a baby changing unit and an accessible lavatory.
- The complex is accessed externally via the courtyard through double wooden doors which are each 62cm wide and open inwards. They are accessed internally via the café, the 107cm wide door leads you to a corridor which is 96cm wide at its narrowest point. The corridor is 14m in length. The disabled lavatory is to your right.
- All lavatories are signed with universally recognised symbols.
- The door into the ladies is 89cm wide and pushes inwards. The cubicle doors are floor to ceiling in height and they open inwards. The lavatory seats are 48cm high.
- The door to the gents is 82cm wide and pushes inwards. The cubicle doors are floor to ceiling and open inwards. The lavatory seats are 48cm high.
- The baby change unit door opens inwards and has a width of 87cm. The floor space is 200cm wide x 140cm deep, it is made of stone and is even.
- The baby change is 85cm high and 2m wide. There is also a lavatory with a 48cm high seat. There is a Vectair Systems Babyminder Child Safety Seat installed with a max load of 20kg. The seat sits at a height of 83cm from the ground and there are two retaining straps. There are two waste bins, one nappy bin and one sanitary bin.
- The accessible lavatory is situated at the end of the corridor. The toilet door is 90cm wide and opens outwards towards you, the handle is 87cm high. There is also a support bar on the back of the door.
- The total floor space is 160cm wide and 197cm deep, it is level, stone flooring.
- The lighting is artificial and automatic as you enter the room.
- There is 127cm in front of the toilet. The toilet seat is 48cm high. The toilet has handrails and a backrest. The flush is behind the lavatory.
- There is a support bar next to the lavatory and a pull down bar, which when down to full position sits at a height of 70cm from the floor.
- The wash basin is 72cm high, there are two vertical support bars either side.
- There is a red emergency pull cord. The handle is 110cm from the floor.
- The automatic hand drier is 94 cm from the floor.
- These facilities are for visitors to the hall only. They are located in an external courtyard on the ground floor and are signposted from the Marble Hall. There is no accessible lavatory here. Access is via a half-glass door with a 7cm step down to the courtyard.
- The ladies’ lavatories are split into two blocks (two cubicles each) and have a step up of 12cm or 23cm. The doors are 60cm wide and the flooring is linoleum.
- The gents’ lavatories (one cubicle and two urinals) have a step up of 6cm. The doors are 60cm wide.
- There are lavatories close to the car park behind the ticket office. There is level access but not an accessible lavatory.
- There are porta-kabin style lavatories in the walled garden. There is no accessible toilet here.
Customer care support
- We have two wheelchairs which are free to borrow. Please ask a member of staff for assistance.
- We have a hearing loop in The Field to Fork Experience.
Emergency evacuation procedures
- We have emergency evacuation procedures for disabled visitors. Please follow instructions from staff during an emergency.
Customer care support
- There are staff trained in First Aid.
- All customer-facing staff wear a uniform with name badges.