The Garden Guide

Holkham Hall

A great eighteenth century house and deer park with herd of Fallow deer. The park was designed by William Kent (his drawings are here). The triumphal arch and the obelisk were built in the 1730s. Kent's walled garden, linked to the lake by a serpentine river, has gone. Originally, the lake was an inlet from the sea. Lancelot Brown was employed in 1762 but made few changes. The park wall and shelterbelt were nineteenth century additions, as were the formal Victorian parterres beside the house, designed by W A Nesfield in 1854. The old kitchen garden at Holkham is in the process of refurbishment.

Head Gardener's Comment

Holkham is a beautiful place rich in wildlife, history and architecture. It is set in an epic landscape, combining unspoilt coastline, big skies and open countryside. The evergreen oaks (Quercus ilex) that are such a feature of the Park, are Mediterranean in origin and were brought to Holkham from Italy.Take in a spot of culture and visit the magnificent 18th century hall and explore the six acres of walled garden which were originally laid out by Samuel Wyatt during the late 1700s and are part of an exciting restoration project. Visit the Field to Fork Experience and discover the fun and interactive story of food and farming at Holkham without having to put your wellies on! Let our ‘talking tools’ tell you their use; test your foody knowledge with our table-top game; enjoy our ‘Holkham Year’ film and don a Holkham tweed jacket and bowler hat for a selfie.

Children will enjoy our Woodland Adventure Play Area, with its tree house, high level walkways, rope ladders and zip wire, plus a special area just for toddlers. On high days and holidays explore further with cycle hire or discover Holkham’s watery world with our choice of rowing boats, canoes and kayaks.

Finish off your visit by treating yourself in our Courtyard Café, where we serve only the best, locally-sourced food and our gift shop, showcasing the work of local artisan suppliers.

Photograph © Holkham Hall
Photograph © Holkham Hall
Holkham Hall

Plants of note

Ilex Oak (Quercus ilex) predominent in park.

Holkham Estate, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, England, NR23 1AB

Spring Season: 16th February – 31st March 2019 Courtyard Café: every day 10:00 - 16:00 Gift Shop: every day 10:00 - 16:00 Holkham Park: every day 09:00 - 16:00 Woodland Play Area: Closed Holkham Hall: Closed Walled Garden: Closed Field to Fork Experience: Closed Main Season: 1st April – 31st October 2019 Courtyard Café: every day 10:00 -17:00 Gift Shop: every day 10:00 - 17:00 Holkham Park: every day 10:00 - 17:00 Woodland Play Area: every day 10:00 - 17:00 Holkham Hall: Sundays, Mondays & Thursdays 12:00 - 16:00 Walled Garden: every day 10:00 - 17:00 Field to Fork Experience: every day 10:00 - 17:00

Car parking: £3.00 per day

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