Frequently asked questions…

Palladian splendour, glorious gardens and contemporary art in beautiful Norfolk

We can’t wait to welcome you to Houghton Hall – there’s so much to enjoy. Please see below a list of frequently asked questions that will help you prepare for your visit.

When are you open?
We are delighted that we are now open for 2023 and have an exciting contemporary art exhibition: Sean Scully At Houghton Hall – Smaller Than The Sky.

Opening days and times from Sunday 23rd April 2023:
April: Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday
May: Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, plus Bank Holiday Mondays 1st, 8th and 29th May
June: Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday
July, August and September: Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, plus Bank Holiday Monday 28th August
October: Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday. Last opening day is Sunday 29th October.

Opening times:
On the opening days listed above, the following timings apply:
11am – gates open for access to the Walled Garden, Model Soldier Museum, old stables, deer park, sculpture park, exhibition room, shop and café
12pm – House opens
4pm – last entry at the gates, last entry to the house
4.30pm – house closes
5pm – Walled Garden, Café, and outside areas close

How much are tickets?
We have two types of tickets available – please book online in advance for the discounted ticket price (we have very little signal here and so please do this before arrival):
Walled Garden, Model Soldier Museum, old stables, deer park, shop and café which are £12 per adult (£10 when booked online).
Or all of the above plus House, Contemporary Art Exhibition and Sculpture Park which are £22 per adult (£20 when booked online). All under 18’s can visit us for free, and students for a reduced rate of £10.

Do I have to decide now?
No, if you’re undecided, we offer you the opportunity to upgrade your tickets on the day, so there is no need to worry.

Do I need to book tickets?
We strongly recommend booking your tickets in advance of your visit (taking advantage of the online booking discount of £2 per person) however, you are able to purchase tickets at the ticket office upon arrival. Please follow this link to book online.

What if I can’t visit after I’ve booked?
Whilst it’s not possible for us to offer refunds, we completely understand that plans change and the unexpected can happen, and we don’t want you to miss out. So please get in touch via, and we’ll do our best to arrange for you to visit on a different date this season (48 hours’ notice is usually required).

Can I bring my dog?
Unfortunately due to the actions of a few, we only welcome assistance dogs here at Houghton.

I’m an HHA Member – does this mean I get free entry to the house?
Your HHA membership entitles you to free entry to the Walled Garden, Model Soldier Museum, Old Stables and Deer Park. If you wish to visit the House and Sean Scully Exhibition, you will need to upgrade (an extra £10). This can be done in advance or during your visit.

I’m a group visit organiser – do you accept coach parties?
Yes, we are delighted to accept pre-booked coach and group visits and can tailor your time here to the needs and interests of your group, including history tours, arts tours and garden tours. Visit our coach and group visits page for more information.

What about school and educational visits?
We love welcoming your groups and schools/colleges here at Houghton Hall and there is no charge for pupils up to 18 years of age and accompanying staff/helpers. We normally accommodate these visits on a Tuesday. For further details and for help tailoring your trip, please contact Treza on