I was a little stumped as to what to write today, but then I remembered a visit to Blickling Hall I made with my parents last summer. I had such an amazing day there that I thought I would share it with you.
Blickling Hall is situated north of Aylsham in Norfolk. It has a fantastic history having once belonged to the Boleyn family, and having seen through a world war or two. It’s set in some typically beautiful grounds with lovely flower gardens, a scenic lake, and an orangery.
You can spend a lot of time wandering around the park and admiring the wild life. On my visit you had to watch your step because the paths were littered with tiny frogs. Walking around the park gives you a great view of the main building from different angles, impressing you with its stunning architecture. There are two main walks available if you like to follow a route; one is 2km, the other is 7km. You can download a guide here.
The park is also a great place for a bike ride, if you are so inclined. There is a circular 10 mile route that takes you from Blickling to Aylsham and back. This would be lovely on a pleasant summer’s day. You can check out the route instructions here.
Once you have finished admiring the grounds, it is definitely worth checking out the house. If you have time, I also recommend taking some time to look at the Hobart Art Gallery. It is host to lots of local artists who produce some pretty wonderful stuff. I picked up a print while I was there and it is now hung proudly on my wall.
After gorging your eyes on beautiful parkland and lavish house interiors, you are likely to be hungry. The cafe serves wonderful cakes and treats that will revive you for your next round of sight-seeing. They’re not to be missed.
So, if you’re in the Norfolk area and looking for something to do this weekend, give Blickling Hall a try!