Fodor's Expert Review Blickling Estate

Norwich Historic Home Fodor's Choice

Behind the wrought-iron entrance gate to Blickling Estate, two mighty yew hedges form a magnificent frame for this perfectly symmetrical Jacobean masterpiece. The redbrick mansion, 15 miles north of Norwich, has towers and chimneys, Baroque Dutch gables, and, in the center, a three-story timber clock tower. The grounds include a formal flower garden and parkland with woods that conceal a temple, an orangery, and a pyramid. Blickling belonged to a succession of historic figures, including Sir John Fastolf, the model for Shakespeare's Falstaff; Anne Boleyn's family; and finally, Lord Lothian, ambassador to United States at the outbreak of the World War II. The Long Gallery (127 feet) has an intricate plasterwork ceiling with Jacobean emblems.

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Blickling, Norfolk  NR11 6NF, England


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: £12.70; gardens only £8.30, £14.35, House closed Tues. Apr.–mid-July and mid-Sept.–early Oct., and weekdays mid-Feb.–mid-Mar., Nov., and Dec. Gardens closed mid-Dec.–late-Dec. and Mon.–Wed. Jan.–mid-Feb. and mid-Nov.–mid-Dec.

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