The Norfolk Country Retreat of HM The Queen
Sandringham’s Museum is home to a fine collection of Royal vehicles dating back to 1900. In addition it holds an extraordinary collection of objects ranging from the very large 1939 Merryweather fire engine, to the very small Indian doll dancers in the Curio Cupboard, and from grand gifts in pearl and exotic hardwoods, given to The Queen on State Visits abroad, to personal items such as the clock in the Royal Pigeon Lofts at Sandringham used to time Her Majesty’s racing pigeons.
The Museum is housed in the former coach houses and stable block which, over the years, have also been used as police post, fire brigade station, Carving School and Royal garages.
Sandringham House is set in 60 acres of beautiful gardens, well known as the finest of the Royal gardens, and is open daily from Easter to mid-October. All the main ground floor rooms used by The Royal Family, full of their treasured ornaments, portraits and furniture and still maintained in the style of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, are open to the public. Recommended length of visit: 3 hours +
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Other good things to do nearby:
600 acres of woodland walks in the Country Park, adjacent to the main car parks. The Sculpture Trail starts at the car parks and winds through the arboretum, with 24 wooden sculptures to spot.
Sandringham Visitor Centre, including gift shop, plant centre, outdoor clothing store and two restaurants is open every day, including during the winter.
Sandringham Church is well worth a visit. On the outside it’s a simple Norfolk parish church, but inside there are angels everywhere – carved and painted, in wood and stone and silver, it’s a real feast for the eyes.
Travel and parking:
Sandringham is 6 miles from King’s Lynn on the A148 or A149, with brown tourist signs showing the route. Parking is free.
The nearest train station is at King’s Lynn. Sandringham is on the Norfolk Green bus route number 12.
2018: 21 March – 21 October (not 23-27 July)
11am – 5pm (4pm in October)
April to October
House, Museum & Gardens
Senior citizens/Students £14.50
Child (5-15) £8.00
Family Ticket (2 adults + 3 children) £41.00
Museum & Gardens only
Senior citizens/Students £10.00
Child (5-150 £5.50
Family Ticket (2 adults + 3 children) £27.50
Facilities and access
Baby changing, Family, Groups, Toilets, Wheelchairs to borrow, Café, Garden, Restaurant, Shop, Wheelchair accessible
Full disabled access, although there are long distances to cover. Please see the accessibility guide on Sandringham’s website.