The sweeping park that surrounds the hall is home to a large herd of Fallow Deer that roam freely. The evergreen oaks (Quercus ilex) that are such a feature of the park, are Mediterranean in origin and were brought to Holkham from Italy.
The deer in Holkham park are wild animals - please keep at least 50 metres (165feet) away from them and be aware of your surroundings so that you do not come between two rutting stags or a mother and her calf. The deer will defend their territory and their group.The rutting season for the Fallow Deer is mid-October/early November.
During the visitor season, opportunities to see the deer are available on our organised walks and deer safaris. Details can be found here.
Designated walks allow visitors to explore the 3,000-acres grounds and take a closer look at prominent landmarks, such as the monument to Coke of Norfolk and the obelisk. The National Cycle Network route 1 – Wells and Holkham circuit – passes through the park from the north to south gates. This ride is a 10 mile circular route for cyclists and walkers. To see a map of the circuit click here. Various cattle grids are located in the park. Pedestrians and cyclists are advised to use the gate or stile at each location and not to cross the cattle grid. Please be aware that the park is part of the working estate and there will be light traffic.
Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead at all times, to avoid disturbing vulnerable wildlife. During the visitor season, well behaved dogs are allowed in our shop, only assistance dogs are allowed in the hall. During warm weather please do not leave your dog in your vehicle. Dog waste bins can be found at various locations in the park.
There is a speed limit for all vehicles of 20mph in the park. There are no public rights of way in the park and it may be necessary on occasion for estate management reasons to temporarily close routes at short notice. Organised events are not permitted without the prior agreement of estate management, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Opening times can be found here.