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Holidays in Sandringham

The Queen’s favourite holiday home

Sandringham Estate

Thirty-seven miles north west of Norwich lies the renowned village of Sandringham, best known as the favourite holiday home of the Queen and several of her predecessors.

The estate comprises of 19,500 acres of heath and farmland and has been owned by the Royal family since 1861. A visit to Sandringham House is surely a must and the estate is open to the public every day of the year. Close to the house is the Royal stud and Park House where Princess Diana was born.

The park has numerous nature trails and tractor rides where visitors can enjoy the wide variety of wildlife, and may even catch a glimpse of the famous residents walking their dogs or horse riding.

Norfolk lavender

Enjoy a well-earned break in the Sandringham café and restaurant where the menus are based on seasonal produce from the kitchen garden. The museum is well worth a visit giving a unique glimpse into royal life and the history of the estate, and the beautiful gardens are sure to inspire you.

The village of Sandringham is mostly built of brick and carrstone and most of the villagers are employees of the estate.

"Sandringham House and Estate is a wonderful day our for all the family..."

The 16th century church of St Mary Magdalene is regularly used by the Royal family and is thought to be one of the finest carrstone buildings ever built. It is of exceptional historic interest with a beautifully decorated chancel, a 9th century Greek font and 16th century stained glass, and may be familiar to visitors who traditionally watch the Queen attend service there on Christmas day.

Ambling through the pretty countryside you will come to Dersingham, a large village on the edge of the estate which is 1.2 miles from Sandringham. The Dersingham nature reserve is one of the few remaining wilderness spaces left in the area and is home to a wide variety of birds including sparrowhawks, kites, hen harriers, ospreys and buzzards.

The view from Dersingham Cliff across The Wash is also not to be missed.

Having worked up an appetite pop in for lunch in The Feathers which was named in honour of Prince Albert when the inn was purchased in 1882 as part of the Sandringham estate.

While you’re there

St Mary Magdalene Church

Visit this ornate church and appreciate the architecture.

The Feathers of Dersingham

Grab a hearty meal and beer at the this wonderful pub.

Sandringham House and Estate

The Queen's favourite home is partially open to the public.

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