Blickling Hall ©
Blickling Hall is a splendid early 17th-century house owned by the National Trust. It is one of England's great Jacobean houses and is built in red brick with a gabled façade and elegant corner turrets. Its long gallery has an outstanding plaster ceiling and houses a superb library containing 12,000 books. Throughout the house a fine collection of family portraits, including works by Gainsborough and Reynolds, as well as textiles and elegant furniture, can be admired. The ghosts of Anne Boleyn and Sir John Fastolfe (the inspiration for Shakespeare's Falstaff) are said to haunt the house and grounds. The breathtaking garden offers variety and colour throughout the seasons, with spring bulbs, magnolias, particularly dramatic displays of azaleas and rhododendrons, plus herbaceous borders and stunning autumn tints - a very pleasant place to spend an afternoon. There are miles of attractive lakeside and parkland walks, and interesting features such as the sunken garden, a dry moat, a temple and an orangery.