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, with its priest’s hole and needlework by Mary, Queen of Scots, which is still hiding its secrets. 

However, there’s much more to discover beyond the house. 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. 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 and needlework of Mary, Queen of Scots, on loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum. 

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.

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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.

A visitor enjoying the view from the roof at Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk

View from the roof

The roof was a place of recreation and a useful look-out. Today you can enjoy views of the surrounding countryside and peer inside the turrets - one of which contained a dovecote, another a bell that was rung from the courtyard below.

A view of Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk

View back towards the house

It's worth taking a walk into the wider parkland, where you'll be able to enjoy views back towards the house for that picture postcard scene of Oxburgh nestled in the landscape.

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