With a stunning location on the north Norfolk coast and at the heart of a thriving 25,000 acre estate, Holkham Hall is described as an exceptional place, rich in history, architecture and wildlife. The seat of the Earls of Leicester, this elegant 18th century mansion is still very much a lived-in family home which the family take pride in sharing with visitors.
The hall is an elegant 18th century Palladian style house, based on designs by William Kent and built by Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester. The Marble Hall is a spectacular introduction to this imposing building, with its 50ft pressed plaster dome ceiling and walls of English alabaster, not marble as its name implies. Stairs lead to magnificent state rooms displaying superb collections of ancient statuary, original furniture, tapestries and paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Claude, Gaspar Poussin and Gainsborough.
The sweeping park that surrounds the hall is home to a large herd of Fallow Deer that roam freely. The evergreen oaks (Quercus ilex) that are such a feature of the park, are Mediterranean in origin and were brought to Holkham from Italy.
The deer in Holkham park are wild animals – please keep at least 50 metres (165feet) away from them and be aware of your surroundings so that you do not come between two rutting stags or a mother and her calf. The deer will defend their territory and their group.The rutting season for the Fallow Deer is mid-October/early November.
During the visitor season, opportunities to see the deer are available on our organised walks and deer safaris.
The Courtyard Cafe is perfect for enjoying a morning coffee, a snack, light lunch or afternoon tea. Our menu uses locally sourced produce wherever we can.