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Houghton Hall

| King’s Lynn, Houghton PE31 6UE, England
+44 1485 528569
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Disappointed by dots!!

Sadly we were in Norfolk at the time Damian Hirst was let loose on the walls of Houghton Hall and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
skinsid
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london
Amazing House and Gardens PLUS Damien Hirst!

Having visited Houghton Hall several years ago (for the Walpole / Catherine the Great exhibition... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
SuffolkChap
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Suffolk, United Kingdom
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Houghton Hall was built in the 1720s for Britain's First Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole. A beautiful example of Palladian architecture with interiors by William Kent. Currently, Houghton Hall is home to the 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley, Walpole's descendant, and his family. Situated in traditional parkland, the house is surrounded by white fallow and other exotic deer. There is an award-winning five-acre Walled Garden which includes a spectacular double-sided herbaceous border, a kitchen garden with arches and espaliers of apples and pears as well as a formal rose parterre. An impressive collection of contemporary sculptures and works by world-renowned artists such as Richard Long, Anya Gallaccio, Zhan Wang, Stephen Cox, Jeppe Hein, Rachel Whiteread and Phillip King are displayed in the grounds. There is a model soldier museum, a gift shop, a fully licensed cafe and picnic area and playground.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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| King’s Lynn, Houghton PE31 6UE, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Sadly we were in Norfolk at the time Damian Hirst was let loose on the walls of Houghton Hall and for us completely ruined it Yes it's an amazing building but you don't get to see many rooms Nice stables but full of toy soldiers!...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Having visited Houghton Hall several years ago (for the Walpole / Catherine the Great exhibition) when we heard there was a Damien Hirst exhibition we booked as soon as we could. The house and grounds are rightly famous - the contemporary artworks around the grounds...More

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RoseCholmondeley, Owner at Houghton Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the trouble to post a review of the Damien Hirst exhibition on trip advisor. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your day at Houghton Hall & Gardens. Lucky you to enjoy a beautiful spring day too! The...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love this place. It might just be my favourite stately home. I really like the fact that they choose to display works from major contemporary artists. It is lovely to see them outside of an art gallery. The house itself is absolutely amazing but...More

1  Thank Alan S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went primarily to see the Damien Hirst exhibition and despite it being a very wet day we loved trying to work out what the exhibits actually meant. The grounds were amazing and had other interesting pieces and the contrast between the Damien Hirst paintings and...More

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Reviewed 11 April 2018

Although we visited on a grey and misty day we had a great time, the house is fascinating, the gardens are wonderful and the permanent art exhibition really thought provoking. Even more thought provoking was a temporary exhibition (until mid July 18) of work by...More

1  Thank CllrJohn
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Reviewed 11 April 2018

Britain's first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, was a great patron of the arts. It would amuse him therefore to see his great Palladian house which was built in the 1720's to designs by James Gibbs, Colen Campbell and William Kent, and the grounds, transformed...More

Thank Ian C
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

My wife and I visited last weekend and enjoyed going round the military toy soldiers which were extremely interesting , as to the exhibition in the hall it was a bit like marmite you either like the art on show or not , I'm afraid...More

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Reviewed 7 April 2018

We went to see the Damien Hirst Exhibition as my daughter is very much into art. It was very impressive with all the sculptures on easy to reach places on the estate. I was quite happy to pay £18 for myself and my daughter because...More

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We love Houghton Hall. Third trip and first time in Spring. The Damien Hirst exhibition divided us - the kids enjoyed the floating eyeballs and I liked the spots. I thought they might get lost in the full on historical decor but actually thought that...More

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Went because of the Damien Hirst exhibition... in all fairness was expecting to dislike his sculptures... and I did! But had an open mind about the spotty paintings, and loved them! They looked fabulous in the beautiful setting, and whilst there may have been just...More

1  Thank LisaO634
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DianeDisdle
3 September 2017|
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Response from RoseCholmondeley | Property representative |
Yes we have wheelchair access and disabled loos available. Please contact the Estate Office on Tel 01485 528569 should you have any further questions. Thank you
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Kathleen S
10 May 2017|
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Response from RoseCholmondeley | Property representative |
Thank you for your enquiry. Unfortunately dogs, with the exception of assistance dogs are not allowed in the grounds or gardens at Houghton Hall. This is to avoid unnecessary disturbance to the deer.
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sally b
30 December 2016|
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Response from metquest | Reviewed this property |
Seeing deer is a bit unpredictable. I only had a glimpse of a massive herd leaving the place on a coach. I think it depends where they graze at the time. Otherwise you cannot walk or stop your car to enjoy taking the... More
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