See where young Victoria stayed at Holkham Hall
Holkham Hall, built in the mid-18th century by Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester, is considered a Palladian architectural masterpiece and one of England’s great stately homes.
This April Holkham will be opening up two new rooms for visitors to look into for the first time; The Old Servants’ Hall and the stunning Venetian Bedroom, as well as hosting a series of fascinating behind-the-scenes tours to areas of the hall which are not normally open to the public.
The hall has a grand history spanning the Georgian era to the present day. In 1835 Holkham was visited by 16-year-old Princess Victoria.
With 2019 marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria, visitors can learn where the royal party and the Princess’s entourage would have been hosted during their state visit and see the various state rooms used in the filming of recent docudramas about Victoria’s marriage to Prince Albert.
The Venetian Bedroom: This sumptuous room will delight art lovers. The bedroom features tapestry panels depicting Venus and Cupid, based on paintings by Francesco Albani.
The Old Servants’ Hall: This room is notable for its exotic collections. It is home to an extensive and well-mounted natural history collection of more than 120 examples of mostly local species, including birds, fish and mammals; a large billiard table; and Georgian furniture.
Offering a further insight into Holkham’s social history, from April through to October, there is an opportunity to enjoy two different behind-the-scenes tours, accompanied by an expert guide:
Hidden Passages and Servants’ Stairs: Behind-The-Scenes Tours of Holkham Hall – taking in the hall’s many hidden passages, the curators have delved through the archives to uncover historic documents and personal memories to showcase the various roles at Holkham.
Cellar Tours of Holkham Hall: visitors will glimpse the warren of chambers serving the hub of the building, from the old bakery and the heating system to the massive wood store, which highlight the vast maintenance work on this house, both past and present.