Top tips for your first visit to Oxburgh Hall

View of Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk surrounded by a moat

Never visited Oxburgh Hall before? Here are some suggestions of the things you might like to see and do whilst you’re here, whether you’re popping in for an hour, half a day or have a full day to explore.

Home to the Bedingfeld family for 500 years, Oxburgh Hall is an imposing brick manor house surrounded by a moat. Built as a statement of power and prestige, as you step inside, you’ll soon discover that this is the story of one family’s unshakable faith and tale of survival. The house will look a little different on your next visit, as our £6million roof restoration project is underway. Despite the scaffolding, this is an exciting time to visit and see what we're up to. 

There’s much more to discover beyond the house too. Outside, the gardens are a mixture of formal areas and wilderness, there’s plenty of space for the kid’s to enjoy garden games or for you to lay down your picnic rug. And for those wanting to explore further, we’d recommend following one of the walks through the woods and along the river. 

Half an hour

If you’re just calling in for a short time with us, then we’d recommend a wander around the garden, where you’ll be able to enjoy the latest seasonal blooms. Got the little ones with you? Enjoy playing with the outdoor games on the terrace. There should still be time to visit our tea-room, so you can treat yourself and re-fuel for your onward journey.

Spending half the day

Got a little more time? Indulge your curiosity and uncover more of Oxburgh’s story when you explore the Bedingfeld’s family home. Step inside to see our new exhibition, which features items on loan from the family, not seen on public display before. The prominent Gatehouse is the best surviving example of the original Tudor building and it’s within this masterpiece of brickwork that you’ll find the priest’s hole. Take a look around on one of our hard hat tours.

Looking for a full day out

If you want to spend the day, then you'll have plenty of time to see everything. As well as the house and gardens, which we've mentioned above, you'll be able to venture further into the woods and parkland, where you'll be able to enjoy views back towards the hall. Why not browse our latest collection in the shop? There'll also be plenty of time to just sit back and enjoy being surrounded by nature.

You can also choose from a selection of daily tours. Shedding light on Oxburgh’s story, these reveal more about the building and restoration work, as well as stories of the family and collection.  

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A man dressed as a priest inside the priest hole at Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk

The priest hole

During the reign of Elizabeth I, life for Catholics became particularly dangerous. It’s likely that this is when the priest hole was built, concealed beneath the garderobe. This tiny space would become a refuge for a Catholic priest in the event of the house being searched.

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