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Houghton Hall

| King’s Lynn, Houghton PE31 6UE, England
+44 1485 528569
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House Gardens Art

Although we visited on a grey and misty day we had a great time, the house is fascinating, the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
CllrJohn
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Banbury, United Kingdom
Historic Palladian house with Damien Hirst giving a contemporary edge

Britain's first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, was a great patron of the arts. It would amuse... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ian C
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London, United Kingdom
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Houghton Hall was built in the 1720s for Britain's First Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole. A beautiful example of Palladian architecture with interiors by William Kent. Currently, Houghton Hall is home to the 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley, Walpole's descendant, and his family. Situated in traditional parkland, the house is surrounded by white fallow and other exotic deer. There is an award-winning five-acre Walled Garden which includes a spectacular double-sided herbaceous border, a kitchen garden with arches and espaliers of apples and pears as well as a formal rose parterre. An impressive collection of contemporary sculptures and works by world-renowned artists such as Richard Long, Anya Gallaccio, Zhan Wang, Stephen Cox, Jeppe Hein, Rachel Whiteread and Phillip King are displayed in the grounds. There is a model soldier museum, a gift shop, a fully licensed cafe and picnic area and playground.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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| King’s Lynn, Houghton PE31 6UE, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Although we visited on a grey and misty day we had a great time, the house is fascinating, the gardens are wonderful and the permanent art exhibition really thought provoking. Even more thought provoking was a temporary exhibition (until mid July 18) of work by...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Britain's first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, was a great patron of the arts. It would amuse him therefore to see his great Palladian house which was built in the 1720's to designs by James Gibbs, Colen Campbell and William Kent, and the grounds, transformed...More

Thank Ian C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I visited last weekend and enjoyed going round the military toy soldiers which were extremely interesting , as to the exhibition in the hall it was a bit like marmite you either like the art on show or not , I'm afraid...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to see the Damien Hirst Exhibition as my daughter is very much into art. It was very impressive with all the sculptures on easy to reach places on the estate. I was quite happy to pay £18 for myself and my daughter because...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love Houghton Hall. Third trip and first time in Spring. The Damien Hirst exhibition divided us - the kids enjoyed the floating eyeballs and I liked the spots. I thought they might get lost in the full on historical decor but actually thought that...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went because of the Damien Hirst exhibition... in all fairness was expecting to dislike his sculptures... and I did! But had an open mind about the spotty paintings, and loved them! They looked fabulous in the beautiful setting, and whilst there may have been just...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I echo what some others have commented. The price £18 is very steep. Under 17's do however go free which is a nice way to introduce them to a bit of culture! I'm glad I saw the DH exhibition - even to know I won't...More

1  Thank Doodleberg
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One Damien Hirst (spots) is much the same as another, and 8 in one room is too many! The Hall is such an interesting place with so much history, that another visit will be made when we return to Norfolk, and hopefully can appreciate it...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and myself visited on a rainy Saturday in March, admittedly not the best weather but I still thought our visit would be better than it was. We chose the rather expensive £18 ticket which was for the Damien Hirst exhibition, house and grounds....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here for the DH exhibition 30/03. Had a lovely time but the weather was appalling so I don’t feel I experienced the place as well as I could have. I literally saw all the Damien Hirst things and left. On a better day I...More

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DianeDisdle
September 3, 2017|
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Response from RoseCholmondeley | Property representative |
Yes we have wheelchair access and disabled loos available. Please contact the Estate Office on Tel 01485 528569 should you have any further questions. Thank you
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Kathleen S
May 10, 2017|
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Response from RoseCholmondeley | Property representative |
Thank you for your enquiry. Unfortunately dogs, with the exception of assistance dogs are not allowed in the grounds or gardens at Houghton Hall. This is to avoid unnecessary disturbance to the deer.
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sally b
December 30, 2016|
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Response from metquest | Reviewed this property |
Seeing deer is a bit unpredictable. I only had a glimpse of a massive herd leaving the place on a coach. I think it depends where they graze at the time. Otherwise you cannot walk or stop your car to enjoy taking the... More
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