Stately Homes - Holkham HallLocal Gardens and Historic Houses

Holkham Hall

Magnificent Palladian hall with rolling parkland built in the 1700s by Thomas Coke, the first Earl of Leicester. A wealth of wildlife and attractions, as well as events for all ages throughout the year at the house and on the nature reserve, and the newly added woodland adventure play area; this includes regular Sunday matches with Holkham cricket team. 


Holkham Hall works closely with Norfolk Adventure who run a High Ropes course in the park, as well as cycle hire and boat hire.


Blickling Hall

Near Aylsham. A National Trust Jacobean red brick mansion with a garden, orangery, parkland and lake. Spectacular long gallery, plasterwork ceilings and fine collections of furniture, pictures and books. Walks.


Felbrigg Hall

One of the finest country houses in Norfolk. A grand tour collection, period furniture and fine library. Walled garden, working dovecote, pottager gardens, exotic planting, extensive parkland, ancient woodland and way marked trails. National Trust.



The country retreat of H.M. The Queen. A fascinating house, an intriguing museum and the best of the Royal gardens.


Walsingham Abbey Grounds

Lovely for snowdrops in February. Remains of an Augustinian Priory set in picturesque gardens and parkland. The Shire hall is a former magistrate's court, now a museum.


National Garden Scheme, Gardens Open for Charity

Most gardens which open for the NGS are privately owned and open just a few times each year. Some gardens open as part of a group with the whole community involved. The gardens give all the money raised directly to us (including from the sale of teas and plants); the only exceptions being in some cases they ask that a small proportion goes to a nominated local charity.  Tel: 01483 211535 for details of gardens local to Jolly Sailor Cottage.


Local Galleries

Please visit the gallery websites, where applicable, to find out details of current exhibitions.


Bircham Gallery, Holt


Burnham Grapevine, Burnham Market


Fairfax Gallery, Burnham Market


Gallery Plus, Wells-Next-The-Sea

Warham Road, Wells.  Gallery Plus is the home of Trevor Woods' Contemporary Art Studio; paintings, original prints, ceramics and jewellery by artists and makers from around the country; professional picture framing service and workshop; layout design service. 


Great Walsingham Gallery and Framing

As well as visiting exhibitions, Sarah Carswell works at the studio next door.


Fish-and-Ships Coastal Studio, Burnham Market

Fish and Ships is a small working art studio in Burnham Market, producing original pen and ink drawings, coastal maps, lino-cuts, driftwood sculptures, prints, cards, gifts, funky key-rings ( wooden fish and oyster shells), and unique fish, whales, prawns and lobsters made from beach found wood and ephemera, and pieces of abandoned boats collected from North Norfolk beaches and the marsh.  Studio open by appointment.


Pinkfoot Gallery, Cley


Pocock's The Artmonger, Burnham Market


Quay Art, Wells-Next-The-Sea

Also a gallery in Blakeney. Tel 01328 710905


Saltmarsh and Samphire, Wells-Next-The-Sea

The gallery opened in 2015 and is full of fine art; fabrics; lino cuts and photography taking inspiration from the North Norfolk Coast.


The Flint Gallery, Blakeney


The Red Dot Gallery, Holt


The School House Gallery, Wighton

Tel  01328 820457