Take a tour

Visitors talking to a volunteer about the book collection in the Long Gallery

To get a deeper insight in to Blickling Estate and its history, why not join one of our tours. From history and conservation to gossip and gardening, find the best tour to suit you. Just speak to one of the visitor welcome team on arrival. Please be aware that tours are on a first come, first serve basis, so we would advise you to book your place early. All tours are free and bookable on the day, when available.

 

Perfect for garden lovers

Norah Lindsay's tour of the garden | Selected Thursdays | 1:30pm

11 May, 8 June, 6 July, 3 August, 7 September & 5 October

Norah Lindsay's name is scarcely known today, but for the first few decades of the 20th century she was the 'must have' designer.  Now only fragments of her garden creations remain - the most notable exception being the parterre.  

This year, Norah's tours will tie in with our Lothian and India theme, and Norah will talk of her childhood in India. 

Join Norah Lindsay on a garden tour
A member of the Diggers as Norah Lindsay

Garden tour | Daily | 11:30am & 1:30pm

Learn more about the gardens at Blickling, the volunteers and staff behind them and the history of its creation.  Enjoy a walk around the walled garden and see what developments have been made.  

Don't forget to ask our knowledgable garden team for green fingered tips on your own garden. 

" Loved the garden, brought to life by the very informative garden guides... We would not have seen all the things they showed us on our own."
- A garden tour participant

Perfect for those who love cleaning

Conservation tour | Every Tuesday (further details available on arrival)

Led by the house team, this tour will give you a unique insight in to how the house is maintained and protected  while ensuring it is looking its best for visitors.  The team will talk about current conservation projects and delve deeper into their daily clean.

Cleaning from dizzy heights in Peter the Great room
A member of the conservation team cleaning a chandelier

Perfect for families

Mr Dunning's recruitment tour | Every Thursday during school holidays | 2pm

Join Mr Dunning the Butler and Kathleen the Scullery Maid on a tour of the attics, pantry and kitchen.  Find out what your duties will be, where you’ll live and how much you’ll get paid.  Are you up to the challenge?

Early booking on the day is essential as places are limited.

 

Perfect for those who like gossip

The good, the bad and the scandalous | Selected Fridays | 2pm

14 & 28 April, 5 & 12 May, 16 & 23 June, 7 July, 1 & 15 September, 13 & 27 October 

Hear stories of the characters that lived here, above and below stairs.  What secrets will you discover?  

 

and for those who want a little bit of everything...

Highlights tour | Daily (except Tuesday) | 10:40am, 11am & 11:20am

This one hour tour combines the history of the house and its collection, alongside snippets of gossip on the people who lived here.  Led by volunteers, it will take you through some of the most beautiful parts of the house, giving you an exclusive opportunity to explore before the doors open to rest of the public.