Explore the house at Blickling Estate

Two visitors walking in to the Upper Ante room

Explore the hall's impressive history any day of the week. Discover Blickling's collections and learn more about our significant eighteenth century Long Gallery library or book yourself on an immersive experience up to the attics.

Visit us every day

The house is open every day of the year, giving more opportunities to come and explore. Take a varied route around the house and experience something different each time you visit. You might even see our skilled house conservation team in action. 

Please note: from 11 March - 27 October the house is open 12pm - 5pm, with last entry at 4pm.

A picture of visitors investigating a project in progress

Buildings, Books & Beetles Experience 

Join us at Blickling for a fast-paced, immersive, behind-the-scenes experience which takes the wrap off some of our oldest and rarest books, the threats they're under, and the work that's underway to save them.

Statuary cleaning

Monday 27 - Friday 31 May

Join the house conservation team in the garden, for a special opportunity to see how we look after Blickling’s iconic sculptures. You can even try it yourself and learn more about our expert cleaning process.

Please note: this activity is weather dependant.

History comes to life

Every Wednesday (March - October)

Join Blickling's re-enactors for a vivid portrayal of past events in the house and garden. Covering significant periods in the estate's history including Jacobean, Georgian, Victorian and 1930/40s, stories are either told through short plays or by interacting with visitors in the house.

This year we’re taking a closer look at some of the books in Blickling's significant collection. Each era will tell the story of those who have lived and worked on the estate, combined with references to the library and some individual books.

Please note: re-enactments will take place in either the house or garden. Performances in the garden are weather dependant. More information is available from visitor reception upon arrival.

Cooking in the kitchen

Join the cooks in the 1930s kitchen as they bake some traditional treats for you to sample. You can even ask for helpful tips and recipe ideas for home.

Selected dates: Saturday 11 May, Saturday 18 May.

*Please bear in mind that cooking in the kitchen is led by volunteers, so availability may vary throughout the year.

Painting of Philip Kerr, 11th Marquess of Lothian (1882 - 1940)

Explore Blickling's past 

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...

Artist covered in white paint with a black background on one side and a white background on the other

Second contemporary art project for Blickling Estate

Following the success of The Word Defiant! last year, 2019 sees us embark on a new project, working with artists Neville Gabie and Joan Gabie. 'The Edge of Things' will open on 17 May and once again draws inspiration from our nationally important book collection.

Accessibility

Blickling Estate's impressive, red-brick Jacobean mansion is equipped with ramps and lift access, so less mobile visitors can enjoy seeing the hall's impressive rooms and intriguing collections. Please simply ask for assistance upon entry to the Great Hall - we're happy to help and can provide information in alternative formats upon request. 

*Although there is lift access in the house and most rooms are accessible to all, please bear in mind that due to the nature of the historical building, there may be some rooms only accessible by stairs.