Explore the rooms at Blickling
There are many rooms open for visitors to explore. Discover some of the stories behind them.
In the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries Blickling belonged to the Boleyn family. There are reliefs on the staircase walls of Anne Boleyn and her daughter, Elizabeth I, and three smaller pictures of the Hobart family who owned the hall from 1616. Other paintings hanging above the stairs are of some of Norfolk's leading figures.
Major conservation was completed on the Great Hall in 2012, so that you can now sweep up the grand staircase.
Displayed as it was in the time of the 11th Marquis of Lothian in the 1930s.
The pictures portray members of the early seventeenth century Stuart court brought to Blickling by Lady Constance Lothian and her husband, the 8th Marquis. Lady Lothian's portrait as a young woman hangs on the south wall. The ceiling in this room is particularly interesting, being of the Arts and Crafts period by J Hungerford Pollen.
When converting this room into a dining room, the 2nd Earl of Buckinghamshire said “Gothic it was, and more Gothic it will be, in spite of all the remonstrances of modern improvers and lovers of Grecian architecture!”
The Diggers, our lively interpretation group, can often be found here in the act of preparing the house for Lord Lothian's visitors in the 1930s - a treat for all.
The kitchen was moved to this part of the house in the 1930s by Lord Lothian. Scrubbed tables, butler sinks, cooking ranges and many small utensils are displayed.
Flo Copeland was cook to Lord Lothian and you can hear her recollections of the days when the house was full of his guests, many of them politicians of the time.
The Chinese decorations were introduced in the 1760s. Notice the green and white japanning of the eighteenth century wardrobe and the coat of arms of the 2nd Earl and his second wife, Caroline Conolly, on the bed. Other items of interest are the two Chinese pagodas in delicately carved ivory.
South Drawing Room
Formerly the great chamber of Jacobean Blickling, a place for grand feasts and formal entertainment, Charles II was entertained here in 1671.
The ceiling is a glorious example of Jacobean plasterwork and the fireplace is the best surviving Jacobean chimney piece at Blickling. The cast-iron fireback has the arms of Elizabeth I.
This is the most remarkable room at Blickling, originally for social activity and indoor exercise in bad weather, it became the library in 1745. The 12,000 volumes form one of the most remarkable libraries in any English country house.
Peter the Great Room
John Hobart, 2nd Earl of Buckinghamshire, was ambassador to St Petersburg from 1762 to 1765.
The Empress Catherine the Great presented him with the large tapestry of Peter the Great defeating the Swedes at the Battle of Poltawa.
Thomas Gainsborough's fine portraits of the 2nd Earl of Buckinghamshire and his second Countess, painted in 1784, hang on either side of the fireplace.
A room reflecting not only the prestige of the owner but also the fact that Blickling was founded by James I's Lord Chief Justice, Sir Henry Hobart, whose portrait was the only picture hung in the room in 1793.
The room also contains one of only two bed carpets in the country.