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“Bluebells & Pyramids”
Review of Blickling Estate

Blickling Estate
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Blickling
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: You'll never forget your first sight of Blickling. Sitting in a magnificent garden and park is a breath-taking mansion, flanked by ancient yew hedges. Past owners have used the estate as a refuge while performing on the world's political stage. Philip Kerr, the last private owner, helped shaped the National Trust's history, using his influence to find a way of saving great country houses for future generations to enjoy. Until his death in 1940 he used the house for entertaining his prominent guests; and photographs, sounds and objects help to tell his story. Outside, the formal garden is the result of three centuries of inspired planting, and the gently undulating historic parkland is great for exploring.
Cromer, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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“Bluebells & Pyramids”
Reviewed 7 May 2014

Although we have visited the house on a number of occasions and in the past along with our guests enjoyed the experience immensely we have never walked through the grounds and woods beyond the immediate garden areas. This week-end we joined a group from the Mercedes Club and walked in a circulatory route guided by the Head Ranger for the Estate. It was beautiful with vast areas carpeted in Bluebells, many, many photo opportunities, but it was the additional dialogue from our guide that imparted so much information on the changing face of the landscape tree development and succession. It really struck home that as he explained to our group he had for a brief spell charge of the legacy of some three hundred year old trees for a fraction of their life to pass on to another future generation. During our walk we were afforded the chance to view inside a family mausoleum tucked away in the trees and designed like a pyramid on the outside and internally circular in shape. Try to do this walk soon whilst the Bluebells are still in bloom it is really fantastic.

Visited May 2014
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2 Thank Ray B
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Blickling E, Public Relations Manager at Blickling Estate, responded to this review, 19 May 2014
That’s great that you enjoyed your walk so much. People often don’t realise what a large area the Blickling Estate covers and what a wonderful legacy it is. To see it at bluebell time is extra special.
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Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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“Bluebell woods at Blickling Norfolk”
Reviewed 5 May 2014

The most stunning bluebell woods we have ever visited. Park in the first car park, parking is free. The car park is not signed, it is just next to the brown heritage sign marking the Tudor Trail. Turn left from the car park and walk for 15 minutes through a wooded walk. At this spot my wheaten terrier puppy showed clear signs of sensing something we were unable to see - She continually sat down and cried gently looking up to some large branches and along the track. We subsequently discovered that there have been regular after life sightings here connected to Anne Boleyn! Walk through to a second larger parking area and continue , after 10 minutes you will reach acres of stunning bluebells with swathes of wild garlic. The perfect place for a pic nic and to drink in the english spring.

Visited May 2014
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Blickling E, Public Relations Manager at Blickling Estate, responded to this review, 7 May 2014
You chose the perfect time to visit here, with the bluebells in full flower. If Anne Boleyn was also somewhere near enjoying them, that was a bonus! We hope you’ll come again and visit the grounds and perhaps the gardens, which have stunning displays of different flowers throughout the year.
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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“Baseline Segway”
Reviewed 3 May 2014

We visit Blickling frequently, so it was a wonderful surprise to find yet another attraction here. The Segway tour we did here was absolutely brilliant, a must do for most people who want to see the fantastic estate grounds. The guys who run the tours are so helpful and warm, its a brilliant afternoon out. Cant praise it enough, will be back for another trip very soon. Thanks Guy for an informative fun time.

Visited May 2014
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Blickling E, Public Relations Manager at Blickling Estate, responded to this review, 7 May 2014
Thank you for pointing out that you can hire segways as well as bikes at Blickling (Weds and weekends in summer and during school holidays). It is a very good way of seeing more than you can easily manage on foot, and we’re glad you enjoyed it.
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Salisbury, Dorset, England
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“What a fabulous NT property!”
Reviewed 1 May 2014

This was a great visit. The walk was beautiful with all the bluebells out, the Mausoleum was open so that was a bonus, the house is magnificent and the whole visit was enhanced by the playlet performed by some of the volunteers, it really brought the house to life. We had a great visit, the staff were all wonderful and we would love to return one day. Excellent - thank you.

Visited April 2014
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Blickling E, Public Relations Manager at Blickling Estate, responded to this review, 7 May 2014
We’re very pleased that you had such a good time here. The bluebells have been spectacular this year. Now it’s azaleas, and soon it will be peonies, so do come and see us at different times of year.
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Good National Trust Property”
Reviewed 28 April 2014

With the National Trust, you know what you are going to get and this doesn't disappoint. The staff were knowledgeable. This is our 2nd visit to the place in 5 years, so it must be good. The gardens are great to walk around and the house was interesting with the Library being the most interesting.

Ask the staff any questions and they will be sure to come up with an interesting fact. They have just revamped the staff handbooks to provide them with more info.

Visited April 2014
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Blickling E, Public Relations Manager at Blickling Estate, responded to this review, 7 May 2014
Many thanks for your positive feedback on your visit to us. Our staff will be pleased to know that you found them so responsive to your queries; they work very hard to have all the information at their fingertips!
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