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Blickling Hall is near Aylsham in Norfolk and it seemed the one of the best places to take my American friend to show her a great English property.

I finally decided to sign up as a National Trust member and I can’t wait to visit more and more of these beautiful places.

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We started with brunch in the Muddy Boots cafĂ©. I had a wonderful date slice and a cup of tea. We were due to go on the 11am tour before the house opened to the public. I can even tell you how excited I was. I haven’t been around Blickling since I was a child.

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The tour was amazing. Our guide was a Mr Davies, he was knowledgeable, funny and very entertaining. I didn’t take any photos while on the tour (people who do are likely to get lost and never turn up again), so you’ll just have the visit the hall itself to see what it’s like inside. It’s an interesting mix of 1930s furniture, Jacobian details, and paintings of the various house owners and their families from over the years.

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Our lunchtime interlude sent us across the road to the Buckinghamshire Arms, a lovely little pub serving proper food. Blickling does have it’s own restaurant but we were in the mood for some ale and a pie/burger.

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After lunch I set about trying to find the tree I always used to climb as a kid. It wasn’t difficult to find with its draping branches that were just screaming ‘climb me’. It’s a lot smaller than I remember (I’m obviously bigger…) but it was still very climbable.

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We also played a spot of croquet (without knowing the rules), explored the beautiful gardens, visited the conservatory, climbed more trees and took the opportunity to take plenty of photos.

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I can highly recommend this place. There’s so much history behind the hall (Anne Boleyn’s birth place), the gardens are utterly wonderful and there are plenty of events on throughout the year.

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Blicking Hall
Blickling, Aylsham, Norwich, NR11 6NF

Tel: 01263 738030
Email: blickling@nationaltrust.org.uk
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blickling-estate/