Sandringham Estate House and Gardens Norfolk
Sandringham Estate contains Sandringham House and Gardens in the parish of Sandringham, Norfolk, England. It is the private home of Elizabeth II, whose father, George VI, and grandfather, George V, both died there. The house stands in a 20,000-acre (8,100 ha) estate in the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The house is listed as Grade II and the landscaped gardens, park and woodlands are on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England. See below for information on Sadringham History, Sandringham House and Sandringham Gardens.
Sandringham House and Gardens Opening Times
Sandringham House and Gardens WINTER OPENING TIMES AND COVID-19 UNTIL APRIL – CAR PARKS – The North and West Car Parks for visiting the Country Park and Visitor Centre are open daily from 6am-9pm. Car parking charges apply please see Car Parking Information for full details. SANDRINGHAM SHOP – The Sandringham Shop offers a range of gifts and Estate produce such as Sandringham Apple Juice. Until 16 December open daily from 9.30am-4.30pm – From 17 December – 17 January open daily (closed Christmas Day) 9.30am – 9.30pm.
Sandringham House and Gardens TERRACE TAKEAWAY CAFE – The Terrace Takeaway is operating on a takeaway basis serving a selection of hot and cold drinks and warming winter treats. Until 16 December open daily from 10am-4.30pm – From 17 December – 17 January open daily (closed Christmas Day) 10am – 9.30pm. SANDRINGHAM HOUSE AND GARDENS – Both the House and Gardens are now closed for the winter until April 2021. St Mary Magdalene Church remains closed due to Covid-19 in 2020. Thank you for your patience as we work together to operate Sandringham in a safe and responsible way during these difficult times.
Sandringham House and Gardens Ticket Prices
Sandringham House and Gardens are open in April. HOUSE AND GARDEN ADMISSION ON SALE SOON – ADULTS £20 – CHILDREN UNDER 17 FREE – includes complimentary all day parking at the Country Park and access to waymarked trails and childrens play area. Check here
Sandringham House and Gardens history. King George VI was born at Sandringham and both he and his father, King George V died there. Sandringham House stands in a 20,000 acre estate and is in an Area of Outstanding Beauty, sitting very close by the West Norfolk Coast. There are several options to stay on the estate and more details are available. There are a number of shops and places to eat at Sandringham and extensive areas for walking and cycling. The estate hosts many events throughout the year.
Sandringham House was built in 1870 by the Prince and Princess of Wales who later became King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. Sandringham House and Gardens was once described as ‘the most comfortable house in England’ and has been passed down as a private home through four generations of British monarchs. It is now the country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. Sandringham House main ground floor rooms, regularly used by the Royal Family, are open to the public and the decor and contents remain very much as they were in Edwardian times. Both Queen Alexandra and later Queen Mary were great collectors of objets d’art. Members of the Russian and European Royal Families were frequent guests at Sandringham House and brought gifts of enamel, silver and silver-gilt, for example, Kaiser Wilhelm I of Germany gave a fine Dresden porcelain chandelier and mirror frame. The walls are hung with family portraits by leading contemporary court painters: Heinrich von Angeli, Sir Luke Fildes, Franz Winterhalter and Edward Hughes. An important collection of oriental arms and armour is housed at Sandringham House, brought back from the Far East and India in 1876. Each room has knowledgeable guides who are happy to answer your questions. The House is fully accessible to wheelchair-users. Read more…
The Sandringham Gardens
Sandringham House and Gardens. Perhaps the finest of all Royal Gardens, cover over 25 hectares (60 acres) and are still used and enjoyed by members of the Royal Family and their guests when in residence. The main gardens are open throughout the summer to visitors who are invited to enjoy the vast areas of informally planted pleasure grounds developed in turn by each monarch since 1863 When King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra purchased the Estate. Surrounded by attractive locally quarried carrstone walls, the garden has a number of grand entrance gates, the main one being the Norwich Gates which were created in Norwich and after being exhibited at Crystal Palace in the great Exhibition, were purchased by the people of Norfolk as a wedding gift for King Edward and Queen Alexandra.
A densely planted shrubbery with a shady woodland walk was instigated by Her Majesty in the late 1960’s. A collection of Rhododendron, Camellia and Magnolia trees were brought up from Windsor were planted to create more interest, shelter and privacy in the garden. Much of the planting has now matured and along with a wide range of rare and unusual trees, under planted with shade loving plants, provide a spectacular display for those who enjoy the shape, colour and texture of leaves, stems and bark though the seasons. Read more…
Sandringham Country Park.
In 1968 142 Hectares of The Queen’s private estate at Sandringham was designated as a Country Park. Since then Sandringham Country park has been enlarged and today nearly 243 hectares are available for visitors to enjoy. The Country Park is open every day, free of charge. Parking is also free. There are two waymarked Nature Trails, one a leisurely 1½ miles long and the other 2½ miles long. There are many additional woodland paths to explore, with plenty of options for a casual stroll or a meandering trek. The Country Park is planted with a mixture of evergreen and deciduous trees, mainly Corsican and Scots Pine mixed with Oak, Sweet Chestnut and Birch, and supports an abundance of animals, birds and plants. This is the ideal place to park up and just enjoy a walk away from the bustle of everyday life. Once you have enjoyed your walk in the fresh Norfolk air take time to enjoy some refreshments in the Sandringham Café & Coffee Shop and of course purchase that essential souvenir from our large Sandringham Gift Shop.
Sandringham Estate Events
Regular events are held at Sandringham House and Gardens including the renowned Sandringham Farmers Market plus drive in movies, Land Rover Safari, Proms in the Garden, Bushcraft courses, Christmas events, charity events and much more. Check here
Check out the latest drive in movies experiences at Sandringham House and Gardens.
At Sandringham House and Gardens we offer several options for those wishing to extend their visit and enjoy their stay with us. Sandringham is delighted to offer two charming holiday cottages for self-catering holidays in the heart of the Norfolk Coast, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
In addition, Park House, run by Leonard Cheshire Disability, is a hotel catering specifically for disabled visitors and their companions, and there are two caravan sites sited within the Country Park.
Camping and Caravanning at Sandringham House and Gardens
OPEN ALL YEAR BOTH THE CARAVAN & MOTORHOME CLUB AND THE CAMPING & CARAVANNING CLUB SITES ARE NESTLED IN THE HEART OF SANDRINGHAM’S COUNTRY PARK. Surrounded by glorious woodlands with tall trees and secluded wooded glades, both sites are nestled within the Country Park offering a peaceful stay.
Both are open all year around and have a wide range of facilities. Please contact the relevant site directly if you wish to book, to secure your pitch and for more information. For the Caravan & Motorhome see online at Caravan Club or telephone 01553 631614. For the Camping & Caravanning Club site see online Camping and Caravanning Club or telephone 01485 542555.
Park House Hotel.
For details of rental properties available on The Sandringham Estate please visit the Property page which is regularly updated.
The beautiful medieval parish church of St mary Magdalene, Sandringham is a country church of great historic interest. The parish church of St Mary Magdalene, Sandringham, has held memorials to many members and relations of the Royal Family from Queen Victoria onwards. It is used regularly as a place of worship by the Royal Family and Estate staff. Read more…
Sandringham Sculpture Train and Adventure Play Area both are free to the public.
Come and see Sandringham House and Gardens outstanding natural beauty and our historic estate which is ideal for all the family to enjoy. Covid 19 measures are now relaxing and we hope to see you soon.
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