Top tips for your first visit to Oxburgh Hall
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.
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.
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.
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.