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Norfolk Holiday- Blickling Estate (National Trust)

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During our holiday to Norfolk, we were kindly gifted entry to some National Trust attractions. We love going to Norfolk and have been many times before- it’s clearly popular with the people of Hitchin too as I met a family from Hitchin whilst on the beach in Wells!

Our first National Trust trip was to Sheringham Park- you can find that review here.

Towards the end of our holiday, once my inlaws had arrived, we went to Blickling Estate, which is somewhere I’ve never been despite having been to Norfolk a number of times, so I was really looking forward to going. We’d loved returning to Sheringham Park, but it was great to be going somewhere new too.

The website states that ‘one day is never enough’ and that is certainly true of Blickling Estate- the breath-taking Jacobean mansion and ancient yew hedges sit at the heart of a magnificent garden and historic park in the beautiful Bure meadows. Surrounding the house, the formal garden is the result of three centuries of inspired planting, and the gently undulating historic parkland is great for exploring on foot or by bike.  With over 4,600 acres to explore, Blickling's parkland is the perfect place to explore either on foot or by bike.

Mentioned in the Domesday Book, Blickling Estate was the birthplace of Anne Boleyn, and during the Second World War RAF air crew were billeted here, while its owner, Lord Lothian, influenced Churchill’s actions, so there’s a huge amount of history to uncover here. After the death of Philip Kerr, 11th Marquess of Lothian (the last private owner of Blickling) in December 1940, the Blickling estate passed into the care of the National Trust, and is maintained for the enjoyment of visitors year-round.

We arrived at the car park (don’t forget to pay at the parking meter) and were welcomed by the Team who gave us our tickets, plus a map and an activity for the children, where they needed to tick off various challenges.

It was a short walk down to the estate (approximately 140metres), where you can choose to enter through the walled garden or the main driveway to the house.

If you are visiting with anyone with mobility issues, then do speak to the team when you arrive as there are lots of ways they can make your visit easier. You can find details about access here (open the ‘Facilities and Access’ section), along with a full PDF you can download.

Mobility scooters are even available to hire for free (donations welcome) from the Estate Barn reception (parkland scooter) and the East Wing Visitor Reception (garden scooter).

The walk up the driveway to Blicking Hall is breathtaking- it’s impossible not to be bowled over by the grandeur of the Jacobean mansion that stands proud in the centre of the estate.