Somerleyton Hall and Gardens

a photo of Somerleyton House from the front garden

The grounds of Somerleyton Hall have been home to high status buildings since the post conquest Norman era. In 1240 the existing manorial Hall was rebuilt by Sir Peter Fitzosbert as a magnificent country house on the site of the original medieval Hall.

Four centuries later the house was further enlarged and restyled by John Wentworth and transformed into an archetypal East Anglian Tudor-Jacobean mansion.

The Hall’s final and most drastic alteration took place in 1843 under new ownership of a wealthy Victorian entrepreneur Samuel Morton Peto who hired John Thomas, Prince Albert’s favourite architect, to carry out extensive rebuilding. Carved Caen stone was used to dress the exterior red brick of the original house, sumptuous materials utilised to embellish the interiors, paintings commissioned for the house and the parkland was completely transformed and redesigned.

The gardens at Somerleyton Hall include a walled garden where you will find ornate iron and glass greenhouses designed by Joseph Paxton, the architect of Crystal Palace; an 80’ pergola with some old wisteria; roses; clematis and vines. Adjacent to this is one of the finest yew hedge mazes in Britain, designed and planted in 1846 by William Nesfield. If no mistakes are made the journey to the centre and back is nearly 800 yards, but it usually takes a lot longer!

Venue Type:

Historic house or home

Opening hours

Hall & Gardens: Sunday 17th April – Thursday 29th September
Monday Bank Holidays only
Tuesday 12th July – 13th September
Wednesday 13th July – 14th September
Thursday 21st April – 29th September
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday 17th April – 25th September

Admission charges

Adult £8.95 (£7.95)
Over 60's £7.95 (£6.95)
Child £4.95 (£3.95)
Family ticket: £25
Season ticket: £25 Adult / £20 Over 60's / £13 Child
Private tours: £26 All Day / £15 Afternoon & Evening

Collection details

Social History, Decorative and Applied Art, Architecture, Fine Art

Somerleyton Hall and Gardens
Somerleyton Hall
NR32 5QQ



01502 734901


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