The Tiger Who Came to Tea at Blickling Estate

The Tiger on Tour comes to Blickling Estate.

Join us from Saturday 12 January – Sunday 3 March for Judith Kerr’s The Tiger Who Came to Tea, 50th anniversary exhibition at Blickling Estate...

With the ongoing conservation of Blickling’s eighteenth century Long Gallery library, which contains the largest and oldest book collection held by the National Trust, the written word is a subject very dear to the estate. Therefore we're delighted to present The Tiger Who Came to Tea 50th anniversary exhibtion.

Since it was first published in 1968, The Tiger Who Came to Tea continues to spread the joy of reading to audiences of all ages. By 2008 the book had sold over five million copies and been translated into eleven languages.

Family fun

Situated in Blickling's 1930s kitchen, little ones can enjoy dress up and interactive play with a life-size tiger, whilst surrounded by displays of Judith Kerr’s delightful illustrations.

Find tiny tigers hidden around the house or try our tiger themed trail in the garden - simply pick up a children's map at visitor reception to help your explorers find their way around.

Two little girls dress up as tigers.

Dress up

Grab a stripy onesie or a cape and dress up like a little tiger. Have fun making 'tea' in our fully interactive play kitchen, or have a go at some colouring in...

Find ten trail points around the garden.

Garden trail

Collect a map from visitor reception and head out on an adventure around the garden. Enjoy completing the story of making up your own...

Storytelling sessions

Join us for tiger themed storytelling sessions on Wednesdays and a variety of weekend dates. Places are limited and the sessions are very popular so it’s best to book in advance.

Please note: normal admission applies.

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The tale behind the tiger

For older ones, explore Judith’s childhood through a film on her experiences of having to escape Germany before the Second World War, how it felt to be a refugee in Switzerland, then France before finally settling in London in 1936. (Run time: 12 minutes 30 seconds).

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Come and meet the tiger in Blickling's 1930s kitchen...
Children peer though the kitchen window
Come and meet the tiger in Blickling's 1930s kitchen...

Open every day | 10.30am - 3.30pm

Join us every day of the week from Saturday 12 January - Sunday 3 March, for tiger-themed fun in the house and garden. The Tiger Who Came to Tea anniversary exhibition offers the perfect opportunity for a weekend or half-term adventure, to blow the cobwebs away during the cooler months.

Please note: last entry to the house is at 3pm. 

Good to know

  • Buggies are welcome in the house and easy access to the tiger can be arranged upon request at the front hall. 
  • If you would prefer a private space for breast feeding in the house, please ask.
  • Baby changing can be found at Estate Barn at the main car park, near East Wing visitor reception and in the Farmyard area.
  • Bottles and baby food can be warmed up in all three of our cafés.
  • High chairs, activity lunch boxes, cups and water jugs are available in the Stables café. 
  • If you fancy a picnic, you'll find picnic benches in the garden by the lake, in the Farmyard area, or near Estate Barn visitor reception at the main car park. 
  • There are plenty of buggy-friendly paths around the garden and parkland, just grab a map from visitor reception.
A family enjoying fresh sandwiches at one of the National Trust cafeés

Hungry explorers 

Check out our child-friendly menu. With special lunch packs, hot meals and tasty treats, there's plenty to tempt your hungry explorers.



Normal admission applies, under 5's and National Trust members are free. Please see our full list of admission prices on our homepage, family tickets are available.

Access for all

At Blickling Estate, we strive to make your visit as enjoyable as possible. Therefore we are pleased to provide disabled parking and toilet facilities, as well as ramps and smooth terrain for easy access. We also offer wheelchairs and mobility scooters for hire from visitor reception and an adapted map for the garden, so you can enjoy venturing further afield.

Please note: there are steep stairs down to the tiger in the kitchen, so please don’t hesitate to ask for assistance upon arrival at the front hall.

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Quiet hour

In association with the National Autistic Society, every Tuesday 11am - 12pm we'll be hosting a 'quiet hour' in the house. If you need any further assistance in planning your visit, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea anniversary tour is funded by Arts Council England in association with Seven Stories.

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