Blickling Hall in Norfolk

The Driveway at Blickling Hall

Blickling Hall, Norfolk

Blickling Hall, Norfolk

Blickling Hall is one of the largest country estates in Norfolk and is now in the care of the National Trust. It is a stately Jacobean mansion with over 400 years of fascinating history, beautiful gardens and over 4,800 acres of parkland and countryside. Here, you get a glimpse of the lives of those who lived and worked above and below stairs.

Blickling Hall was once owned by Sir John Fastolf of Caister in the 15th-century and his coat of arms is still on display. The Hall was built on the ruins of a property owned by the Boleyn family where Henry VIII's second wife Anne Boleyn was born in about 1507. Nothing visible remains of the old Boleyn property and the only trace is the dry moat ringing the house now planted with roses and other lovely plants. It is said that the ghost of Anne Boleyn haunts Blickling Hall and its driveway each year on the anniversary of her death - see more.

Don't miss Blickling Hall's most spectacular room - Sir Henrys Hobart's long gallery. It is over 37 metres long and has a superb carved plaster ceiling built by Edward Stanyon. In about 1745 this gallery was converted to a library which still contains one of the most historically significant collections of manuscripts, documents and books in England.

The trust has a special page on its website about places to explore in autumn, with two walks taking in areas where you will spot a lot of colourful trees and foliage. These are the Estate Walk and the Lake Walk, where you will spot brightly coloured trees reflected in the water.

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