The rear of Sandringham House across the well-manicured lawns, under blue skies, on a beautiful day in Norfolk.

‘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 Sandringham House as you stroll from the gravel path at the entrance

The view of the house from the grounds

Sandringham Estate is located deep in the Norfolk countryside and in total covers 8,000 hectares, but just the house itself is set within 24 hectares of beautifully kept gardens.

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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 rear of Sandringham House, as seen from the neatly manicured lawns of the Royal Residence.

Sandringham House from the lawns,

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 to Sandringham House in Norfolk

The main entrance to Sandringham House

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 rear of Sandringham House across the well-manicured lawns, under blue skies, on a beautiful day in Norfolk.

Sandringham House

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.

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.

Further reading

If you're intrigued by Norfolk, a UK county with an interesting past, then why 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 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.

The courtyard of the former stables, that is now home to Sandringham Museum in the grounds of the royal residence.

Sandringham Museum

During the childhoods of the present Royal Family, miniature replicas cars were made as gifts to the Royal children – what fun they must have had!!!

A model of an Aston Martin DB5 convertible in the Sandringham Museum

James Bonds Aston Martin miniture car

A meticulously detailed vintage toy pedal car for the Princes' in the Sandringham Museum

A dream toy car

A vintage toy race car for the Princes' to sit in, in the Sandringham Museum

An Anglo-American Racer

A British Racing Green miniature Aston Martin convertible, built for the Royal famil, in  the Sandringham Museum.

A toy Aston Martin convertible

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

A custom-made 1951 Ford V-8 shooting brake car in green, built for King George VI in the Sandringham Museum.

'Woody' - The 1951 Ford V-8 Pilot Shooting Brake

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

A 1960's Royal Blue MGC sports car owned by Prince Charles in the Sandringham Museum on the Royal Estate.

Prince Charles' MGC

Sandringham Gardens

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

A magnificent purple flowing rhododendron in full flower in the gardens at Sandringham House, Norfolk

The gardens in bloom

Geese wandering between two lines of trees in the gardens of Sandringham House, Norfolk

The gardens at Sandringham House

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

A path running through beautifully kept gardens at Sandringham House, Norfolk

A path through the gardens

Red foliage catching the light in the grounds of Sandringham House, Norfolk

Deep red foliage

Escape for a few days

Are you searching for a tranquil hideaway to unwind in, while you explore the picturesque Norfolk landscape?

After a day visiting the golden beaches or touring the charming, quaint villages return to one of the handpicked properties and unique retreats at Holiday Cottages.

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.

The archway leading to the entrance to St Mary Magdalene’s Church in Sandringham, Norfolk

Entrance to the Churchyard

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.

The rather small St Mary Magdalene’s Church, used by the Queen and Royal Family at Christmas, in Sandringham, Norfolk

St Mary Magdalenes Church, Sandringham

The tower of St Mary Magdalene’s Church in Sandringham, Norfolk

The Church tower

Pricing

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?

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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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