East Anglia Sights

Houghton Hall

  • Off A148 Map It
  • King's Lynn
  • House/Mansion/Villa
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

Built in the 1720s by the first British prime minister, Sir Robert Walpole, this extraordinary Palladian pile has been carefully restored by its current owner, the seventh marquess of Cholmondeley (pronounced "Chumley"). The double-height Stone Hall and the sumptuous private quarters reveal designer William Kent's preference for gilt, stucco, plush fabrics, and elaborate carvings. Don't leave the grounds without viewing the beautiful medieval simplicity of St. Martin's Church. Candlelight tours, light shows, and other special events are sometimes held on weekends; check the website for the schedule. Houghton Hall is 14 miles southwest of Wells-next-the-Sea.

Sight Information

Address:

Off A148, King's Lynn, PE31 6UE, England

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Phone:

01485-528569

Sight Details:

  • £14; park and grounds only £10
  • Early June–late Oct., Wed., Thurs.–Sun., and holiday Mon. 11:30–5:30 (house 12:30–5:30); last admission 1 hr before closing

Published 08/18/2015

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