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Tour Guide, from 25 Apr 2018, £12.50-£25


Holkham Hall

Holkham Hall


Holkham Hall

01328 713111


Holkham Estate,
Wells-next- the-Sea,
NR23 1AB

Events at this Venue

date event
Sun 18 Mar EDP Bride - The Wedding Show
Sun 25 Mar - Wed 31 Oct Treasures and Trophies Exhibition
Thu 29 Mar Reserve Ramble
Fri 30 Mar - Mon 2 Apr Easter at Holkham
Tue 3 - Sun 15 Apr Field to Fork Tractor Trailer Tour
Wed 25 Apr Hidden Passages and Servants' Stairs


Behind the grand state rooms that the public normally see, hidden from view, lie a labyrinth of corridors and stairways. Servants could come and go throughout the hall without being seen or heard. They would appear in the state rooms as if by magic!

These guided tours take you behind the scenes to explore some of these never-before-seen passages and stairs. But, be aware, you will need stamina and good shoes as there are 70 winding stairs to climb up and 70 more to climb down. The tour starts at the porter’s door in the servants’ wing. After a brief insight into how space in the hall was divided between the senior servants, we will climb the back stairs to the corridor which serviced the state, or royal, bedchambers.

We will climb further to the bedrooms in which the royal entourage were housed, now known as Nelson Wing today and peep into some of the bedrooms, which are still in use for visitors.

We then climb even further to explore the attics and tower rooms of Holkham Hall. Here we will see the hall’s rooftops from the windows and the courtyards far below, the newly repaired bell-tower and the attic libraries. We will see the fabric room with its many chairs waiting their turn to be restored, as well as much more which is now in storage.

The attics offer glimpses of fabulous views over the park. We shall hear the story of Lady Mary Coke, daughter-in-law of Thomas Coke, who locked herself away in one of the tower rooms and hear the tall tales of strange goings-on within the book shelves.

Finally, we shall descend via a spiral staircase which comes out by the main bank of servants’ bells near the butler’s pantry, before returning to the porter’s door.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitalityHelicopter landing

Full disabled access to shop and café and hall's ground floor. A stair climbing machine gives access to the hall's first floor for most manually operated wheelchairs. Full disabled access information is available on our website.

Event details

Dates Times
Wed 25 Apr 2018 11:00 to 12:30
Wed 30 May 2018 11:00 to 12:30
Wed 27 Jun 2018 11:00 to 12:30
Wed 11 Jul 2018 11:00 to 12:30
Wed 29 Aug 2018 11:00 to 12:30
Wed 26 Sep 2018 11:00 to 12:30
Wed 31 Oct 2018 11:00 to 12:30
Please be aware that the tour will incorporate staircases (there will be 70 stairs to climb), confined spaces and heights therefore if you are unsure whether this tour is suitable please contact us. Due to the nature of this event, we are unable to accommodate wheelchairs or buggies and we recommend that the tour is suitable for children aged 10 and over.


£25 adult, £12.50 child (recommended age 10+). Parking is included in the price. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing for climbing stairs. Photography is not permitted.


See location of Holkham Hall on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TF 884428  Lat: 52.94948 Long: 0.80283

Holkham is two miles west of Wells-next-the-Sea on the main A149, within easy reach of Norwich on the A1067, King's Lynn on the A148, and London and Cambridge.

Brown tourist signs indicate route from Fakenham following B1105 and A149 to Wells.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 28 miles from Kings Lynn station


  • 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
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Helicopter landingHelicopter landing

Full disabled access to shop and café and hall's ground floor. A stair climbing machine gives access to the hall's first floor for most manually operated wheelchairs. Full disabled access information is available on our website.