East Anglia Travel Guide

East Anglia Sights

Blickling Estate

  • B1354 Map It
  • Blickling
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  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/20/2030

Fodor's Review

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.

Sight Information


B1354, Blickling, Norfolk, NR11 6NF, England

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Sight Details:

  • £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.

Published 08/20/2030


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