Home to owls, woodpeckers, farmland birds, four species of bats, deers, dragonflies, and damselflies, Felbrigg Hall is truly a hidden gem in Norfolk. It is considered one of the most elegant country houses in East Anglia and has been used as a home since the early 1600s. Nobody lives there currently as it was gifted to the National Trust in 1969. You can pay to look around the hall (or visit for free if you’re a National Trust Member) and I suggest you do as every room is different to the one before.
The estate is made up of 520 acres with 380 being woodland. The Great Wood has a wide variety of trees both old and young, including Beeches, Oak, Sweet Chestnut, Hawthorn, Ash, and Sycamore. The Great Wood is home to Tawny owls and if you are quiet and lucky you might spot one amongst the trees, flying overhead or you might even hear great spotted or green woodpeckers. It’s a great place to play and explore for all ages.
A must-see while visiting is the beautiful gardens which change with the seasons. An unusual plant that grows in the garden is known as ‘Balm of Heaven’ and is a very rare species in the UK. Other plants include camellias, lavender, sage, mint, and roses to name a few which are a treat for the senses. There are also chickens roaming the garden near a building known as a ‘dovecote’ where doves and pigeons were once housed for the family.
Felbrigg Hall is the perfect day out for all the family. Why not visit and find out for yourself!
Felbrigg Hall is open from 10am – 4pm, but visits must be booked in advance on their website.