Fodor's Expert Review Houghton Hall

Wells-next-the-Sea Historic Home Fodor's Choice

Built in the 1720s by the first British prime minister, Sir Robert Walpole, this extraordinary Palladian pile has been carefully restored by its current owner, the seventh marquess of Cholmondeley (pronounced "Chumley"). The double-height Stone Hall and the sumptuous private quarters reveal designer William Kent's preference for gilt, stucco, plush fabrics, and elaborate carvings. Don't leave the grounds without viewing the beautiful medieval simplicity of St. Martin's Church. Candlelight tours, light shows, and other special events are sometimes held on weekends; check the website for the schedule. Houghton Hall is 14 miles southwest of Wells-next-the-Sea.

Historic Home Fodor's Choice

Quick Facts

Off A148
King's Lynn, Norfolk  PE31 6UE, England

01485-528569

www.houghtonhall.com

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: £14; park and grounds only £10, £15–£18; park and grounds only £12, Closed Oct.–Mar. and Mon. (except bank holidays), Tues., and Fri.

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