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Houghton Hall

| King’s Lynn, Houghton PE31 6UE, England
+44 1485 528569
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Houghton Hall is breathtaking you would think it was built for the Royal family not for the first... read more

Reviewed September 11, 2015
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Helpful guides, lovely garden, fascinating house, catering could be better.

Enjoyed a full day at this property in early September using GW 2 for 1 discount. Food ok in café... read more

Reviewed September 6, 2015
Glasgow, 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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  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
| King’s Lynn, Houghton PE31 6UE, England
+44 1485 528569
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Reviewed September 11, 2015

Houghton Hall is breathtaking you would think it was built for the Royal family not for the first British Prime minister. The house is worth a visist.again you are restricted to the number of rooms you see as it is still a family home. The...More

Reviewed September 6, 2015

Enjoyed a full day at this property in early September using GW 2 for 1 discount. Food ok in café (lunch & cream teas) but only 1 cake didn't contain nuts (which I hate), no speciality coffees, some dirty cutlery and several wonky seats. Gardens...More

Thank Gus-Glasgow
Reviewed September 3, 2015

A. Vast estate with a large herd of white Deer.Lovely parkland and formal gardens but dogs have to stay in car.House of our first Prime ministers guest appartments and rooms very elaborate decor furniture clocks etc.His own living area very plain in comparison.Well worth a...More

Thank Anthony G
Reviewed September 1, 2015

Great location for last night of the proms. Shame about the weather but it did at least stay dry for the duration of the concert. Lovely outdoor setting.

Thank Andrea M
Reviewed September 1, 2015

Where do I begin? Having lived in the area for over 10 years Houghton Hall has been the one place we have failed to visit until this year. Why did we leave it so long? Without doubt this was the most enjoyable day out in...More

Thank influentialtourist
Reviewed August 29, 2015

After finally finding the place and travelling to the car park, I met the only really friendly person, the lady that takes the money! I was shunted back and forth until I was in line with other cars to the vis vest gentleman. Wonder what...More

1  Thank Tippsd
Reviewed August 26, 2015

From parking the car, through the restaurant, via the garden to the house. Never fails to impress. Wheelchair accessible, i love it.

2  Thank FionacShaw
Reviewed August 21, 2015

We only went to see the James Turrell, but have to go back again to do the Hall justice. It's a fabulous way to spend a few hours: exploring the grounds, finding the pieces, absorbing them, moving on at your own pace. Best not to...More

1  Thank Cat M
Reviewed August 20, 2015 via mobile

At £14 with no concessions, was glad to get in free as a Friend of HHA. Limited number of rooms open - interesting building albeit contents not exceptional. Minimal information available but all guides were friendly and knowledgeable. Poor value relative to places like Waddesdon,...More

1  Thank Satisco
Reviewed August 20, 2015

Houghton Hall is a wonderful house with beautiful immaculately kept gardens. The visitor experience is marvellous, everything is presented in a calm understated way (although understated is not a word you could use to describe the place itself) with none of the dumbing down that...More

Thank CheesyPhil
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Kathleen S
May 10, 2017|
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.
sally b
December 30, 2016|
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Response from Onceawaitress | Reviewed this property |
I don't think you could because it's a private residence and only open occasionally.
maureenandjohn w
May 16, 2016|
Response from Henry254 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry can't answer that, suggest you email them direct.