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Holkham Hall
Tuesday 18 July 2017

Holkham Hall is set in 3,000 acres of deer park. It is an 18th century Palladian style mansion based on designs by William Kent and was built by Thomas Coke, 1st Lord Leicester. It reflects Thomas Coke's natural appreciation of classical art developed during his Grand Tour. Built from local yellow brick with its pedimented portico, square corner towers and side wings it has been little altered over the years.

Inside the house can be seen an imposing 50ft pressed plaster dome ceiling and walls of English alabaster. The magnificent state rooms with superb collections of ancient statuary, original furniture, tapestries and paintings by Rubens, Van Dyke, Claude, Gasper, Poussin and Gainsborough can be seen.

In the adjacent courtyard there is a gift shop and cafe. The Bygones Museum occupies the historical stable block, displaying over 4,000 items, ranging from toys, steam engines, vintage cars and kitchenware. There are also the impressive glass houses and 6.5-acre walled gardens originally laid out by Samuel Wyatt in the late 1700s.

The cost of £46.50 includes coach travel, refreshments on arrival and a Private Guided Tour of the house. The Hall is not open to the public on Tuesdays. The price also includes entrance to all other facilities. Lunch is not included in the cost of the visit.The booking form can be dowloaded here. Departure from Marks Tey Hotel is at 8.15 am promptly, returning to Colchester by 6.30 pm.

Image © Holkham Estate