The Deer Park

The Houghton Estate is renowned for its unusual herd of white fallow deer that roam in the 450 acres of parkland surrounding the Hall.

Today there are over 1,300 deer on the Estate and some 12 different species. Recently, smaller groups of vulnerable and endangered pecies from around the world, such as Pere David from China, and Sambar and Baasingha from India, have been added, as part of a conservation initiative in collaboration with our partners in zoology.

The Parkland itself was laid out by Charles Bridgeman in the early eighteenth century, and contains a number of ancient oaks and sweet chestnuts.