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“One of my favourite places in Norfolk!”
Review of Felbrigg Hall

Felbrigg Hall
Ranked #12 of 149 things to do in Norwich
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Reviewed January 27, 2012

I return to Felbrigg again and again. It is a lovely old estate, with vast grounds, sheep, cattle, it's own church, and the house is a treat. The restaurant and cafe are both good, and they have a particularly good plant sales collection. The head gardener often sells plants in the garden by the dovecote too, where there are hens and ducks, and beyond that, donkeys. Lovely old place. Well worth a visit. Nothing I dislike here.

Thank clariyt
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Reviewed January 16, 2012

Felbrigg - it sounds more like somewhere you'd find 'oop north', doesn't it? The Lake District, maybe, or Yorkshire. But no, it's actually a rather fine National Trust house in north Norfolk, not far from Holt. Reached down a long drive and over cattle grids, the house stands surrounded by its own parkland and working farmland on a substantial estate.

I'll leave the NT website to tell you about the house, which is well worth a visit. It has an excellent cafe and restaurant, although on both occasions we've wanted something to eat from the cafe we've been limited to some very uninspiring tuna sandwiches because everything else had gone!

In the summer months there's an ice-cream vendor selling excellent Ronaldo's ice -cream - a Norfolk make - in the car park. So after you've strolled down across the park to the picturesque and interesting parish church and back, you can reward yourself with a lolly.

The aforementioned church is noteworthy for its high boxed pews, tastefully painted in what must be a NT-approved colour. You can imagine how cold churches must have been in centuries gone by to have needed such furniture to protect your feet from the draughts. Interestingly, the seating in these pews runs all the way round the boxes, so some members of the congregation would have had their backs to the priest and the altar, which I always thought was a no-no. The church is also noteworthy for the family tombs of Felbrigg's owners.

Felbrigg has an extensive estate so you can walk around and through the woods for an hour or more and enjoy the tranquility - I often think walking around a NT estate is a bit like having your own private grounds, since you rarely see many people. Buried in the woods is an old ice house, from the days before refrigerators. Coming across this little building is a bit of a surprise and if you haven't read up on the house and grounds before setting off, you may end up scratching your head for a few minutes while you try to work out what it can be.

Felbrigg usually runs a chilli fiesta in the summer, celebrating all-things spicy and we've been to it once. It's not bad, but perhaps a bit thin compared to the marvellous chilli fiesta at West Dean Gardens in Sussex. Perhaps it will get better over time. West Dean does have the advantage that over 150 varieties of chilli are grown there but there were also many more vendors of food featuring chillies when we last went there compared to Felbrigg. Still, full marks for trying.

The Weavers' Way long-distance footpath cuts through the grounds at Felbrigg, so you can make a visit part of a longer trek if you're so inclined.

There are only three NT house-based properties in Norfolk - the others being Blickling Hall, just down the road outside Aylsham, and Oxburgh Hall, near Swaffham. Since Felbrigg and Blickling are so close together, you could do both in a day.

Thank Peter G
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Reviewed January 9, 2012

We are National Trust members and really enjoy looking around the house and the walk around the lake is really relaxing - shop good too!

Thank sysolly
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Reviewed December 22, 2011

Looking for something Christmassy on a wintry Sunday, Felbrigg Hall came up in a Google search. The description sounded interesting and they had several Christmas activities (carol singing amongst them). It's a National Trust property so I expected it to be good.

The journey from home was fine, a couple of hours along the A149/A148. The satnav took us to a car park in the woodlands just a 10 minute walk from the Hall, and I'd say it was better than parking in the main car park because the Hall emerges out of the woodland in spectacular fashion.

There were some stalls set up outside the courtyard selling various wares and the Hall itself was nicely decorated in festive fashion. Entrance to the Hall was £14 (one adult, two children) and we arrived in time for a local choir to perform various festive songs, which was very nice. Only the ground floor was open, slightly disappointing as it looked very interesting, but never mind. We then went for something to eat in the tea room (there is also a Brasserie) which was ok, but they had run out of a lot of food (2pm), we still found something to eat though and I guess that at 2pm we were well after when lunch would normally be.

We then had a look around the gift shop before carol singing in the courtyard, accompanied by a brass band. All very festive, until huge black clouds appeared and it snowed like billy-o. We decided to head back to the car and, in the 10 minutes it took, we all looked like mobile snowmen!

Overall, I though it was a fun day out. I'm not sure there is enough there for a whole day, but there are extensive woodlands around the Hall which would be worthwhile exploring at leisure. I will definitely go back when the weather is better to explore.

Thank Ian R
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Reviewed December 20, 2011

My wife and I have visited Felbrigg Hall many times over the years, most recently for the Chilli Fiesta and Honey Fair, both in August. The first was excellent with a host of stalls, the second hadn't really attracted sufficient vendors to warrant an event. Despite that, both visits were very enjoyable, especially as they were made in warm sunny weather.

Felbrigg Hall appears rather forbidding from the outside but inside it is a treasure house of the exquisite and the everyday. Visitors will be rewarded if they observe, rather than just see. The grounds are extensive and the walled garden is a tranquil haven.

Catering is by a formal restaurant and a self-service cafeteria. We've used them both and have been well satisfied with the quality and the quantity of the fare. There is a small secondhand bookshop, well worth a browse.

It can be busy in high summer and on bank holidays but there's always plenty of space in the car park. All in all a good place to learn about a Norfolk squire's home through the ages. There is free entry for members of the National Trust and its associated organisations.

Thank Father-Brian
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