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Historic House, next open Sun 30 Apr - Thu 26 Oct 2017

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Houghton Hall - The Stone Hall

Houghton Hall - The Stone Hall

The Stone Hall -

Address

Houghton,
King's Lynn,
Norfolk,
PE31 6UE

Events at this Venue

date event
Sun 30 Apr - Thu 26 Oct Earth Sky: Richard Long

Details

One of the finest Palladian Houses in this country. Built in the 1720s, for Sir Robert Walpole, Britain's First Prime Minister. It is a showcase of the work of architects James Gibbs and Colen Campbell complemented by the richly ornamented interiors of William Kent and furnished to reflect Walpole's growing wealth and power. The Hall is currently the home of the 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley, Walpole's descendent, and his family.
Situated in traditional parkland, Houghton is home to a spectacular herd of white fallow and other exotic deer.
In recent years, Lord Cholmondeley has built up an impressive collection of contemporary sculptures by world-renowned artists which are displayed in the gardens and grounds including pieces by James Turrell, Richard Long, Stephen Cox, Zhan Wang, Anya Gallaccio, Stephen Cox, Jeppe Hein, Rachel Whiteread and Phillip King.
In 2017 there will be a special exhibition by the highly acclaimed British Sculptor and Turner Prize Winner, Richard Long
The 5-acre Walled Garden includes a spectacular double-sided herbaceous border, a formal rose parterre, a Mediterranean garden, and a kitchen garden with arches and espaliers of apples and pears. There are also glasshouses, antique statues, fountains, Jeppe Hein's Waterflame and a new sculpture by Richard Long part of the 2017 exhibition.
The Stables contain a range of original wooden stalls, with a tack and harness room. There is a fully-licensed café, Gift Shop and The Model Soldier Museum, which holds The Cholmondeley Collection of Soldiers one of the largest private collections in the world, with 20,000 models displayed.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePostboxPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groupsHelicopter landing

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Garden of the Year Award 2007 by Historic Houses Association. Christies awarded in May 2008. Visit England - Quality Rose Marque. RHS Partner Garden, HHA Member, National Gardens Scheme Member.

Opening details

Season Dates Opening Hours
Sun 30 Apr - Thu 26 Oct 2017 Wed - Thu 11:00 17:00 | Sat - Sun 11:00 17:00
OPEN Sunday 30th April 2017 until 26th October 2017
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays
Gates open at 11.00am (gardens and grounds) House opens at 12noon. Last admission 4.00pm (one hour before closure at 5.00pm)

Please note that regrettably dogs (other than guide dogs) are not permitted.

Prices

See website for entry prices: http://www.houghtonhall.com

Directions

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Map reference: TF 791287  Lat: 52.82605 Long: 0.65682

By Road: Sat Nav postcode PE31 6TY
Houghton Hall is situated 13 miles East of King's Lynn/10 miles west of Fakenham - just off the A148 at New Houghton. Signed by brown signs off the A148. Follow signs through park gates to car park. A special area is designated for disabled parking near the house.
By Public Transport:
Nearest train station is King's Lynn.

Parking: free

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Helicopter landingHelicopter landing
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Garden of the Year Award 2007 by Historic Houses Association. Christies awarded in May 2008. Visit England - Quality Rose Marque. RHS Partner Garden, HHA Member, National Gardens Scheme Member.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • YesDesignated parking provided for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • Surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance is:
  • grass and gravel

  • Route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesFlat (ie without steps)

Dining

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to restaurant / cafe
  • YesLevel access (ie no steps or thresholds), or access by ramp or lift to the toilets
  • YesLevel access (ie no steps or thresholds) or access by ramp to a specially adapted toilet for wheelchair users
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesLow potassium
    • YesLow sodium
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesRestaurant / café well lit and suitable for people with sight impairments
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu
  • YesAudible alarm system

Entrance

  • YesEntrance is well lit