‘Royal Retreat’, Sandringham Estate, England

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Norfolk’s Regal Elegance & Grandeur

For a few months of the year, Her Majesty The Queen’s, country retreat of Sandringham House is open to the public. Calling it a ‘House’ does feel to be a bit of an understatement as this magnificent family home has been used by four generations of British Monarchs since 1862.

The view of the house from the grounds, Sandringham, Norfolk, England, UK

Sandringham Estate is located deep in the Norfolk countryside and in total covers 8,000 hectares.

Just the house itself is set within 24 hectares of beautifully kept gardens.

Photography & Video

Unfortunately, but as expected, any form of photography is not permitted within the house; after all this is still a Royal family home.

Sandringham House

The House was built in 1870 by the Prince of Wales (later to become King Edward VII), on the grounds of a much smaller house. A ballroom was added in 1881, and then a further wing was added in the 1890s.

The house from the lawns, Sandringham, Norfolk, England, UK

It was in 1977, the year of Her Majesty the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, that the house was opened to the public. You’re able to wander through the very rooms that are still regularly used by the Royal Family, and the décor remains very much as it was in Edwardian times.

The main entrance, Sandringham, Norfolk, England, UK

When you enter Sandringham House, you are greeted by very friendly informative guides who encourage you to chat and ask questions about the house & the family history.

It is really quite informal and fascinating to hear the little insights they give into the Royal Family’s life.

The House, Sandringham, Norfolk, England, UK

A secret door was pointed out to us, where beyond which in 1932 a temporary radio studio was set up for King George V, to broadcast the first Royal Christmas Message.

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The House Tour

The house tour isn’t long, but it is certainly worth doing, as you do have the option of excluding it in your ticket price.

Sandringham Museum

The museum at Sandringham which first opened to the public in 1930, is housed in the former coach house and stable block. It is home to an interesting collection of historic Royal vehicles, family history and also gifts received by the Royal family from State Visits abroad.

Sandringham Museum, Sandringham, Norfolk, England, UK

Miniature replica cars were made as gifts to the Royal children – what fun they must have had!!!

James Bond's Aston Martin miniature car, Sandringham, Norfolk, England, UK
A dream toy car, Sandringham, Norfolk, England, UK
An Anglo-American Racer, Sandringham, Norfolk, England, UK
A toy Aston Martin convertible, Sandringham, Norfolk, England, UK

Amongst the collection are various vehicles used by the Royal family dating from 1900 onwards.

The 1951 Ford V-8 Pilot Shooting Brake, Sandringham, Norfolk, England, UK

A selection they used was a 3 Litre Rover, for HM The Queen a London Taxi used by Prince Philip, Prince Charles’s Aston Martin & his MGC

Prince Charles's  MGC, Sandringham, Norfolk, England, UK

Further reading

If you're intrigued by Norfolk, a UK county with an interesting past, then wy not check out  "The Little Book of Norfolk".  Full of facts and obscure information. It's a fun read on the region.

You can pick it up for your Kindle or in good old hardcover. (Depending on region)

Sandringham Gardens

The 24 hectares of beautiful gardens at Sandringham were first opened to the public by King Edward VII in 1908.

The gardens in bloom, Sandringham, Norfolk, England, UK
The gardens, Sandringham, Norfolk, England, UK

The gardens have continually evolved through the years incorporating meandering woodland walks, rockeries, magnificent formal gardens and sweeping lawns and lakes.

A path through the gardens, Sandringham, Norfolk, England, UK
Deep red foliage, Sandringham, Norfolk, England, UK

St Mary Magdalene’s Church

Avid Royal followers may recognise St Mary Magdalene’s Church, as this is regularly shown on TV when the Royal Family visit Sandringham Estate every Christmas.

Entrance to the Churchyard, Sandringham, Norfolk, England, UK

Sandringham Church dates from the 16th century & includes memorials to members of the Royal Family from Queen Victoria onwards. It is regularly used as a place of worship by the Royal Family and Estate staff.

St Mary Magdalene's Church, Sandringham, Norfolk, England, UK
The Church tower, Sandringham, Norfolk, England, UK

Something to make your travels easier?

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For current pricing and visitor information here is the Sandringham Estate link. Parking is free of charge

Would you like a little more?

We have created a little YouTube video of the Estate. It’s only a couple of minutes so why not have a peak?

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Have You?

Seen the Queen at Christmas at Sandringham? It's a wonderful place to visit, it feels so peaceful. Why not visit?

Something for the Traveller

  • Children's World Globe 3D Jigsaw Puzzle

  • Travel-Size Laundry Bag

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  • The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World

Inspired to visit the Sandringham Estate?

It’s an easy day trip from Norwich if you have a car. (43miles/69kms)

However you could also consider King’s Lynn which is considerable closer at 9miles/15kms

Why not check out the latest deals for King’s Lynn on Booking.Com?

The Royal Retreat - Pinterest, Sandringham, Norfolk, England, UK

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About the Author


Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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