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Sandringham Description

Built in 1870 by the Prince and Princess of Wales, later King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, Sandringham was once described as 'The most comfortable house in England'. It has been passed down as a private home through four generations of British monarchs and is now the country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

The main ground floor rooms, regularly used by the Royal Family, are open to the public and the decor and contents remain very much as they were in Edwardian times. Both Queen Alexandra and later Queen Mary were great collectors of objets d'art hence the profusion of porcelain, jade and crystal oriental figures.

Members of the Russian and European Royal Families were frequent guests at Sandringham and brought gifts of enamel, silver and silver-gilt: Kaiser Wilhelm I of Germany gave a fine Dresden porcelain chandelier and mirror frame.

Furniture was commissioned from the London firm of Holland & Sons by the Prince and Princess of Wales. The walls are hung with family portraits by the leading contemporary court painters: Heinrich von Angeli, Sir Luke Fildes, Franz Winterhalter and Edward Hughes. An important collection of oriental arms and armour is housed at Sandringham, brought back from the Far East and India in 1876.

Sandringham is a friendly and informal place to visit with knowledgeable guides in every room ready to talk to visitors. For wheelchair-users, it is totally accessible and for blind or partially-sighted visitors, the guides will bring objects to touch. For further details why not visit their highly informative Website?

The Museum

As early as 1928, King George V had created his own private museum of big game trophies in rooms attached to the stable block. Around the time of HM The Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977, the remaining stables, coach houses and old powerhouse were converted to house a varied and ever-growing collection of objects.

Pride of place goes to the vintage Royal motor vehicles ranging from the first motor car owned by a member of the British monarchy, a 1900 Daimler phaeton to the splendid 1939 Merryweather Fire Engine which was used by the Estate's own Fire Brigade.

Several children's cars are on display as well as carriages and the old Estate game cart. Photographs depicting Royal life at Sandringham from 1863 to the 1960s give a fascinating insight into the history of the Estate.

Country Park

In 1968 an area of 142 hectares (350 acres) of The Queen's private Estate at Sandringham was designated as a Country Park, it has subsequently been enlarged so that today nearly 243 hectares (600 acres) are available for visitors to enjoy. There are two waymarked Nature Trails; one being 1½ and the other 2½ miles long, also there are numerous paths in the woodlands to explore. There is no charge to enjoy the Country Park, which is open every day to the public and car parking is free.

Opening Times - 2015

4th April - 18th October (except 29th July)

Admission Prices - 2015

House, Museum & Gardens:

  • Adult - £13.50
  • Seniors/Student - £11.50
  • Child (5 - 15 years) - £6.50
  • Family (2+3) - £33.50

Groups Welcome (minimum 20 people)

More information on the garden can be found on The Gardens Guide.

Further information including opening times and prices

Your Reviews of Sandringham

Sharon Auld (11 October 2006)

Friends took us to Sandringham during our holiday in the U.K. in August. The House and Gardens were bathed in summer sunshine and quite magnificent!! But the unexpected highlight was the Museum - an absolute treasure trove of vehicles with royal connections dating back to 1900. Particularly enjoyed seeing the "Shooting Brake". A "must see" for all vintage car enthusiasts!!

Richard M Young (02 May 2005)

My wife & I first visited Sandringham in 1968 and have been constant visitors in the years since. We love the place,its tranquillity and its unique associations. In July 2004 we were present at the Sandringham Flower Show and saw some wonderful floral exhibits. We were also thrilled to see The Prince of Wales.

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Additional Info for Sandringham

  • YesParks
  • YesGardens
  • YesPlaygrounds
  • YesDisabled Access
  • YesRefreshments
  • YesPicnics
  • YesGuides
  • YesMeals Available
  • YesGifts
  • YesNursery
  • YesShop
  • YesCar Parking

Credit Cards Accepted

  • YesMastercard
  • YesVisa
  • YesDelta
  • YesSwitch

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