Estate

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There's so much to explore

Discover the estate

There's much more to Blickling than its famous house. The estate covers 5,000 acres including 950 acres of woodland and parkland, and 3,500 acres of farmland. You can walk across much of this historic countryside using waymarked routes, and the estate also connects with other national paths, including the Weavers' Way.

Activities

From cycling and fishing to horse riding and running, there are plenty of activities to enjoy around the Blickling Estate.

For younger explorers have a look through our '50 things to do before you're 11 3/4' and see how many they can complete.

The ranger team

It would be impossible to conserve this historic parkland without a loyal band of committed volunteers and staff, headed up by Head Ranger, Dave Brady.

Why not join them for a walk through the estate and find out more about their work and the beautiful countryside.

Four legged friends

There are many wonderful places to explore with your dog.

To make the most of your day, download our 'Walking with livestock' leaflet and check out our top tips on the homepage under 'Planning your day'.

The Mausoleum

This tomb for the 2nd Earl of Buckinghamshire and his two wives is almost unique in the UK.  From outside it's a pyramid, inside it's a dome. It's also visible from the garden.

The Blickling barn owls are often seen hunting close by.

Woodlands

There's always something to see in the woods, from wildflowers such as bluebells, campions, yellow archangel and wild garlic to a variety of birds and mammals. Spot trees like oak, chestnut, beech, rowan and ash and keep an eye open for deer.

Farmland

Cows under the trees

Traditionally the harvests from the farms on the estate supported the great house. They now have a wider market: the potato crop for example is turned into crisps only a few miles away. In addition to growing the arable crops for which East Anglia is famous, the tenant farmers breed cattle which add life to the panoramic vistas set against the wide Norfolk skies.

The Tower

Built in the 1770s, the Tower was designed for watching horse racing in Tower Park. The side extension was added later to use as a private home. 

You can now come and stay in the Grandstand Tower and enjoy fabulous views over the park, as it's available as a holiday cottage.

Parkland

Beautiful countryside for walking

With the outbreak of the Second World War large areas of the park were put to the plough as part of the Dig for Victory initiative. At the end of the war cultivation continued on a more limited basis while the remainder was returned to grass or planted up with quick-growing conifers. These trees are now being replaced in a concerted effort to return the parkland to its pre-war splendour.

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