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“Don't miss it if within 50 miles”
Review of Sandringham House

Sandringham House
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Sandringham is the much-loved country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen, and has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs since 1862. The house, set in 24 hectares of stunning gardens, is perhaps the most famous stately home in Norfolk and is at the heart of the 8,000-hectare Sandringham Estate, 240 hectares of which make up the woodland and heath of the Country Park, open to the public free of charge every day of the year.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Sandringham merits a full day and is excellent value, given that the rooms you visit really are the rooms used by the Royal Family at Christmas. We would have liked more time and energy to walk the grounds and explore the surroundings. The restaurant and other visitor facilities are outside the walled part of the estate and you can explore them and the varied surrounding woodland at no charge, with free parking. But if like us you want to include a good lunch (as opposed to the cafeteria style of the visitor restaurant) with your day, there seems to be a lack of nearby venues.

Thank 295horace
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

Had a lovely outing to Sandringham House recently. It was great to see families, couples etc. with dogs, kids etc. parked (for free) and enjoying themselves on the estate.
We found the rooms we were allowed to see very "at home" and could just imagine the royal family enjoying themselves. The grounds are a delight to stroll around . Their was an exhibition of photos of the Queen together with hand-made cards for the Queens Diamond Jubilee - very interesting.
A pleasant outing to a lovely house

Thank Dorsethill
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

SANDRINGHAM we love it – Living in Norfolk we consider ourselves so very fortunate as we are only about 40 minutes drive away from this wonderful retreat. Free parking under the shade of trees in hot weather and then within a few minutes you can be taking a relaxing stroll by the Royal Estate Lake, turn right and slowly amble alongside the small running stream which will lead you to the Stable Museum and Tea Rooms. If you are a Royalist you are in for a treat as it is full a Royal Memorabilia and pictures of the family visits over the years including a decommissioned Fire Engine and many Vintage Estate Vehicles that were used for hunting and royal visits. The gardens are always very tidy, many plants have been labelled and there are plenty of places to sit. The House is a must if it’s your first visit but as we have done it a few times now we just like the freedom to amble about the grounds. Like many things the prices have gone up a lot in the last few years (there are concessions) but in our opinion Sandringham still remain very good value for money for a day out.

We visited on Friday 12th July, the weather was wonderful but it was surprisingly quite quiet. We were told that the Queen was in residence but decided not to trouble her for a cup of tea as we were quite enjoying our stroll through the gardens. Three hours at least is a comfortable time to allow not including the house but there is no pressure so you can stay all day if you want. On leaving the gardens a visit to the church is worthwhile as it is very impressive and so relaxing and it is free, it is not part of the estate. After leaving the grounds we finished with an ice cream at the visitors centre and then wondered round the shop. There is also a small plant centre.

In our opinion the Stable Tea Rooms is poor value for money so we don’t go in anymore and the shop has been basically the same for years. Although it will properly be full of baby things within a few days! The visitors centre restaurant do meals (as well as teas) but if you hit a busy time it’s bedlam as the queues are long and it is very slow to get served.

There is plenty of parking and picnic places round the grounds, many people just park up and sit on the grass verges reading their papers and just chilling out. We have often taken a stroll through the woodland walks which are clearly marked and for those who want a little adventure there is a ride on a tractor and trailer (with commentary) through the woods – Apart from the House and Gardens everything else is free which is rare these days what more could you ask for a really lovely day out.

Thank Easy-Time-Traveller
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

Beautiful piece of English heritage & countryside in the heart of Norfolk. Should be on everyone's 'to do list'

Thank RemberMe
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

The ideal destination either for a day or week. There are holiday cottages available, a hotel catering for disabled people and their carers, whilst at the other end of the spectrum there are two superb camping sites. We found plenty to keep us occupied, cycling, woodland walks or ball games in the extensive 240 hectares of grounds. Free parking is available with shaded areas at the visitor centre which opens at 9.30am The restaurant and cafe provides good high quality food. The shopping side is covered as well with a gift shop and plant sales. Sandringham House opens at 11.30 and closes at 17.00 and is the jewel in the crown. A fine museum covering the Royal Family since 1862. The grounds are a real delight, paths, lawns, streams and lakes with glimpses of the house through the trees. The house is very interesting and the room guides are full of interesting stories and facts. Photography is not allowed in the house, but you can buy a guide book, which to me seemed odd. Security was not a problem, bags were not searched nor was their a body scanner. Time to leave, a buggy service was available from the house to the entrance gate. A visit to St Mary Magdalene Church and a tractor and trailer ride around the estate is also must. The cost to visit the house, £12 and @ £10 for an OAP. Good value I thought for what was provided.

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