Sandringham is the royal family’s country retreat in Norfolk and it has been described as ‘the most comfortable house in England’.

Set in the Norfolk countryside, Sandringham has served as the private residence of the British monarch since 1862 and remains a beloved retreat for the royal family. The estate’s history is woven with royal tales, from its acquisition by Queen Victoria for her son Edward, later known as King Edward VII, to its continued significance as a cherished retreat for generations of the royal family.

For visitors, Sandringham offers a blend of history, horticulture and regal splendour. The centrepiece is Sandringham House, a country retreat with distinctive Jacobean architecture. Inside, the opulent State Rooms showcase exquisite collections of art, furniture and memorabilia, providing a glimpse into royal life.

The estate sits on 8,094ha (20,000 acres) of grounds, featuring the Sandringham Gardens, meticulously landscaped with vibrant flowerbeds, ornamental lakes and woodland walks. The Sandringham Country Park encompasses a diverse range of habitats, offering an idyllic setting for nature enthusiasts. Visitors can explore the charming museum, the royal stables, and the iconic church of St Mary Magdalene, where generations of the royal family have worshipped.

What to see at Sandringham

Nestled on 8,094ha (20,000 acres) of Norfolk countryside, visitors to Sandringham can experience the regal ambiance and natural splendour of this royal retreat. It is a large complex offering myriad attractions that extend beyond the house and surrounding gardens.

Sandringham House

The focal point of the estate, Sandringham House, boasts a fascinating blend of architectural styles. Open to the public during certain periods, the opulent State Rooms reveal a curated collection of art, antiques and personal artefacts and you can wander through the grandeur of the Drawing Room, marvel at the intricate detail in the Chinese Sitting Room and see the royal family’s private collections.

Sandringham House in Norfolk (Photo: Ivan Dražić)
Sandringham House in Norfolk (Photo: Ivan Dražić)

Sandringham Gardens

The beautifully landscaped Sandringham Gardens envelop the estate with an array of horticultural delights. Vibrant flower beds burst with colour, while manicured lawns provide a lovely setting for a leisurely stroll. The Woodland Walks showcase the estate’s commitment to biodiversity, allowing visitors to connect with nature in this royal haven.

Sandringham Country Park

Expanding beyond the formal gardens, Sandringham Country Park unfolds as a vast expanse of natural beauty. The park encapsulates diverse habitats, including woodlands, heathlands and wetlands, creating an idyllic backdrop for outdoor activities. Trails and paths meander through the park, allowing you to explore the tranquil surroundings away from the busier parts of the estate.

Museum and Royal Stables

Sandringham’s museum provides a deeper insight into the estate, including its history and significance to the royal family. Exhibits display a curated collection of memorabilia, including gifts received by the royal family. Adjacent to the museum, the Royal Stables let you see the royal horses.

St Mary Magdalene Church

Steeped in history, St Mary Magdalene Church is an integral part of the estate. The royal family attends services here, and visitors can explore the church’s tranquil interior, adorned with beautiful stained glass windows and memorials.

The apple juice press

The estate’s apple juice press showcases the production of Sandringham’s own apple juice and visitors can witness the traditional pressing process and sample the end product.

Events at Sandringham

Sandringham hosts various events throughout the year, providing additional opportunities for visitors to enjoy events in a unique setting. Current and planned events include:

Christmas Craft, Food and Gift Fair
The Christmas, Craft, Gift and Food Fair (15–17 November 2024) is Sandringham’s annual Christmas market, featuring not only craft and food but also live music throughout the event.

Visiting Sandringham Estate

Sandringham Estate is in the Norfolk countryside just 12km (7½ miles) northeast of Kings Lynn. You can drive here in around 15 minutes from Kings Lynn or travel by bus (route 35) in around 25 minutes.

Sandringham House, Sandringham Gardens and St Mary Magdalene Church are open from April to October, although the parkland is open year round.

Visitor facilities include a cafe, restaurant and a gift shop.

Most people allow 3–4 hours for their visit to Sandringham.

  • Free parking
  • Wheelchair access
  • Guided tours (paid)
  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Gift shop

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