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Be a right royal neighbour at Houghton Hall and Gardens

Built for Britain's first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, Houghton Hall Near Kings Lynn in Norfolk, is a Grade I listed building set in 1,000 acres of parkland; among its neighbours is the Queen's Sandringham House. The gardens were designed in the early 18th century and have been maintained ever since; they, as well as the Hall's interior, are open to the public on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Houghton Hall: a mix of miniature military might and artistic endeavours

One of Houghton Hall's many attractions is its art collection. Among the highlights on view is Thomas Gainsborough's oil painting of his own family, entitled Thomas Gainsborough, with His Wife and Elder Daughter Mary. The Hall also hosts temporary exhibitions and a sculpture garden; the stable block is now the Soldier Museum, home to the largest privately own collection of model soldiers in the world. The battles of Waterloo and Omdurman are recreated in impressive displays.

Tickle your tastebuds at Houghton Hall and Gardens

Those seeking refreshment at Houghton Hall can find it in the imposing stable block, where the aptly named Stables Cafe serves seasonally inspired hot and cold food and afternoon teas, all using as many ingredients as possible from the estate and local suppliers. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Houghton Hall and Gardens? Check out Travelodge Kings Lynn Hotel, Travelodge Kings Lynn Long Sutton Hotel and Travelodge Norwich Cringleford Hotel.