“ Holkham Estate has become a premier location for the film, television and advertising industries and we pride ourselves on our ability to provide a professional service. We are experienced in the demands of a busy crew and are here to ensure your shoot goes smoothly. ”

Laurane Herrieven, Marketing Manager

Architectural History

Built by Matthew Brettingham for the 1st Earl of Leicester between 1734 and 1764, Holkham is one of the finest examples of a Palladian country house in Britain. Architectural sources for the hall come from the Roman temples of Venus and Mars, and that of the Temple of Fortuna Virilis, whilst the plaster coffered ceiling is reminiscent of the Pantheon. The landscape and interiors show the influence of William Kent and the main body of the house with its four pavilions contains one of the finest sculpture and art collections in Britain. Downstairs the corridors lead to the Old Kitchen which was refurbished in the 1850s.

Architectural Features

The stark brick exterior of the house, with its rustication on the ground floor and its Georgian sash and Venetian windows, is relieved by the portico on the south front. The four pavilions each rise to three storeys and the whole building is supported by the vaulted ceiling construction of the basement. Inside, many of the architectural features have remained unchanged and the entrance hall with its use of Derbyshire alabaster for the facing of the lower walls and columns has been described by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner as the finest in England. The south run of state apartments opens up to produce an enfilade of 344 ft stretching from the magnificent Long Library through to the Chapel. Light streams into the state apartments reflecting off crystal chandeliers and the gold gilding on walls, ceilings, cornices and painting frames. The grandeur of the state apartments is enhanced with rich damson coloured silk, caffoy and damask wall coverings. Fireplaces and ceilings inspired by Inigo Jones combine with rare tapestries, Kentian sofas and chairs, as well as marble pier tables to show the tastes of Thomas Coke 1st Earl of Leicester. The Old Kitchen boasts a great range and original copper collection.

Filming Attributes

Holkham Hall is a privately-owned property and member of the HHA. The location, whilst rural, is easily found and a designated route for HGV traffic into Holkham Park is available. An impressive 2 mile south drive through parkland leads to the Hall. A helicopter landing area is available. Parking is possible outside house on gravel and/or on grass within the surrounding parkland. External and internal lighting available. Wi-fi access available in the Hall.



Holkham Hall is set in extensive parkland. The Victorian terraced garden is laid out to a design by Nesfield and the great fountain by Smith, of St George and the Dragon, is an imposing feature. Holkham is two miles west of Wells-next-the-Sea on the main A149, within easy reach of Norwich on the A1067, King's Lynn on the A148, and London and Cambridge from the M11 and the A10. Nearest railway stations are King’s Lynn 24 miles, Norwich 28 miles. Norwich Airport is 30 miles away.

Crew and Relevant Links


Email: paul@norfolklocations

Phone: 01603 453504 / 07973 453504

Website: www.holkham.co.uk