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Welcome to Blickling Hall

Blickling Hall

Blickling Hall is a splendid early 17th-century house owned by the National Trust. It is one of England's great Jacobean houses and is built in red brick with a gabled façade and elegant corner turrets. Its remarkable long gallery has an outstanding plaster ceiling and houses a superb library containing 12,000 books and throughout the house are a fine collection of family portraits, including works by Gainsborough and Reynolds, as well as textiles and good quality furniture. The ghosts of Anne Boleyn and Sir John Fastolfe (the inspiration for Shakespeare's Falstaff) are said to haunt the house and grounds. The breathtaking garden offers variety and colour throughout the seasons, with spring bulbs, magnolias, particularly dramatic displays of azaleas and rhododendrons, plus herbaceous borders and stunning autumn tints, a very pleasant place to spend an afternoon. There are miles of attractive lakeside and parkland walks, and interesting features such as the sunken garden, dry moat, temple and orangey.

Information & Facts

15 miles (24km) north of Norwich, Norfolk, signposted off the A140
¤9.30 (adults), £4.60 (children); garden only £6.30 (adults), £3.15 (children)
English is the official language, though visitors will be astonished by the variety of regional accents.

The currency is the pound (GBP), which is divided into 100 pence. ATMs are available in all towns and Visa, MasterCard and American Express are widely accepted; visitors with other cards should check with their credit card companies in advance. Foreign currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change and large hotels, however better exchange rates are likely to be found at banks. Travellers cheques are accepted in all areas frequented by tourists; they are best taken in Pounds Sterling to avoid additional charges.

Opening Times
There are various opening times throughout the year for different areas of Blickling Estate; the hall is generally open 11am-5pm Wednesday to Sunday.
Local time in the United Kingdom is GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
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