If you are staying in Norwich, Holt, Cromer or the surrounding North Norfolk coast we highly recommend a visit to Blickling Hall. If you are a National Trust member this is a good way to get maximum value from your membership.
Getting to Blickling Hall / Estate
Blickling Estate, Aylsham, Norfolk, NR11 6NF
Family friendly things to do at Blicking Hall
On arrival ask the staff if they have any activity packs for children. My two under tens, enjoyed exploring the grounds with one of these packs. This included bark rubbing, using a magnifying glass and looking for insects.
The wall kitchen garden is also great fun. Small children can push a barrow around the garden and we encouraged the children to see how many different fruit and vegetable they could see and name.
There is a café, but while the food and drink is good quality it can soon get expensive. The good news is there are lots of picnic tables around the grounds, which can be great fun.
My children also love looking in the second hand book store – these have become quite an attraction now for us whenever we visit a National trust site.
Bike hire at Blickling Hall
One of the best things about Blickling however is the cycle hire. We all have bikes at home, but it’s not practical to take them for days out or weekends away. Blickling have expert staff who will find you a perfect sized bike and helmet. The cost is reasonable for the time and experience. You can enjoy yourself and cycle around the whole estate in about an hour. I do recommend this as you see so much more than you could on foot.
The hall is also good to look inside, for us the best piece is always the kitchens below stairs.
There is a good circular walk around the estate which will take you a good couple of hours. Too far with young children. For Children I would just do a circular walk around the outside of the house, walking in to the gardens, down to the summer house, then back over to the lake and then through to the walled garden. Enjoy a picnic near the lake. There is a café near the entrance to the gardens and also a little further up an entrance to the courtyard with another café and the book shop.
If you do decide to do the longer walk around the who estate there is a useful café and information office next to the car park.
Bookshop at Blickling Hall
As mentioned above, there is a lovely second hand book store. The gift shop also has a selection of brand new local interest titles, national history, cookery titles. If you are away for the week and need to stock up on some reading.
Blickling Hall Menu
Obviously the menu changes all the time, but this will give you a feel for what is typically on offer here and the typical pricing. I’ll update this next time I visit, so you get to see how it changes. I had the soup and roll for £4.75 which made a nice lunch with a coffee.
National Trust Membership special offers
If you intend to visit two or three National trust sites in the same year, with a family it quickly makes sense to become members. Click above to find details of special family rates, which will at the time of writing give you and your family access to 500+ locations for about £10 a month, this includes free car parking for members at most National Trust sites.
Christmas at Blickling Hall
Each Christmas Blickling Hall arrange a tasteful Christmas display, lighting up the hall, the trees and the the café. If you are in the area at this time of year it makes a refreshing change from the shopping. The café is cozy on a cold day and after having a walk around the ground and seeing the lights, a mice pie and a coffee will be very welcome.