OPEN DAILY FROM FRIDAY 3 APRIL TO WEDNESDAY 14 OCTOBER 2020
(with the exception of Good Friday 10 April and Saturday 25 – Friday 31 July inclusive).
To enjoy the House, Gardens, Transport Museum and Exhibition we would suggest allowing around 3.5 hours for your visit.
- Sandringham House
- Sandringham Exhibition & Transport Museum
- Sandringham Gardens
- Sandringham House
- When did the Queen inherit Sandringham House?
- How much is Sandringham House worth?
- When does the Queen stay at Sandringham House?
- Can members of the public visit Sandringham House?
- Poll: Will you continue to visit Sandringham Estate after car parking charges are imposed?
Sandringham House opens at 11am.
The last ticket is sold at 4.30pm, last entry to the House is at 4.45pm with the House closing at 5pm.
During October the last ticket is sold at 3.30pm, last entry to the House is 3.45pm and the House closes at 4pm.
Sandringham Exhibition & Transport Museum
Sandringham Exhibition & Transport Museum opens at 11am.
The last ticket is sold at 4.30pm with the Exhibition & Transport Museum normally closing at 5pm.
During October Sandringham Exhibition & Transport Museum last tickets are sold at 3.30pm and closing at 4pm.
Sandringham Gardens opens at 10.30am. The last ticket is sold at 4.30pm and we kindly ask visitors to vacate the Gardens by 6pm.
During October the last tickets are sold at 3.30pm and we kindly ask visitors to vacate the Gardens by 5pm.
The Sandringham estate in Norfolk was purchased by Queen Victoria for £22,000 in 1863 and was intended as the home of her eldest son and heir, Albert Edward, the future King Edward VII.
The existing house on the Sandringham estate was demolished and replaced in 1869 by the present Jacobean style red brick structure. There Bertie as he was known in the family, lived with his beautiful Danish wife, Princess Alexandra. The house was badly damaged by a fire in 1892 and was subsequently enlarged.
The house parties often held at Sandringham were gay and informal. Bertie and Alexandra loved company and entertaining. Queen Victoria herself visited the house in 1871, when Bertie was dangerously ill with typhoid, the disease that killed his father, he later made a full recovery.
Sandringham was to witness the death of Bertie’s eldest son and heir, Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale. Eddy, as he was known to the family, contracted influenza during the Christmas period of 1891, which was customarily spent at Sandringham. His illness turned to pneumonia and he died there on 14th January, 1892. His younger brother, Prince George, (later George V) replaced him as heir to the throne and married Eddy’s fiance, Princess Mary of Teck.
George V and Queen Mary, as the couple became, did not move into Sandringham House until after the death of Queen Alexandra in 1925. They and their family stayed at the cramped York Cottage, a house in the grounds of the estate, where their children where brought up. The King adored the estate, referring to it as “Dear old Sandringham, the place I love better than anywhere else in the world.”
The house has seen the deaths of two British monarchs, George V, who died at Sandringham on 20 January, 1936, helped on his way by the royal physician, Lord Dawson of Penn, who administered a lethal dose of morphia to the dying King and that of George VI, the father of the present Queen, unaware that he was suffering from lung cancer, he died peacefully in his sleep at Sandringham on 6th February, 1952. Over a century has passed since Sandringham became a royal home.
Sandringham House is entered through the large but cosy entrance hall, known as the Saloon. Occupying two storeys, it boasts a minstrel’s gallery over the entrance, built to house the band when the room was used as a ballroom. The royal family like to spend their evenings here. The room contains several royal portraits, including those of Queen Victoria and the Prince Consort by Franz Xavier Winterhalter, displayed between the windows and one by Heinrich von Angeli, painted in 1876, which depicts the Prince and Princess of Wales with their eldest son, Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and their youngest daughter Maud, who was destined to become Queen of Norway. The firebacks on the fireplaces bear the arms of the Prince of Wales and are dated 1870. The early eighteenth century dishes displayed above the fireplace feature portraits of the Stuart monarch, Queen Anne and her consort, Prince George of Denmark. Above the chimney-piece stand a pair of blue and white Italian drug jars which date to the sixteenth century.
The central corridor at Sandringham has trophies of arms, particularly from India, but also from Africa, Europe and several Asian countries adorning its walls. The Indian arms were presented to King Edward VII during his visit there as Prince of Wales in 1875-6.
The Small Drawing Room is used by the Queen’s Lady-in-Waiting and is dominated by a portrait of Queen Louise of Denmark, the mother of the Queen’s great-grandmother, Queen Alexandra. The embroidery on the small wooden armchairs is the work of the Queen’s grandmother, Queen Mary. The room also contains some fine porcelain, including some that once formed part of a collection owned by Queen Juliana of Denmark and Norway.
In the Main Drawing Room a portrait of Queen Alexandra when Princess of Wales is on display, painted by Edward Hughes, another depicts two of her daughters, the Princesses Victoria and Maud. Many of the objects in the room where purchased by the Queen’s grandmother, Queen Mary, an avid royal collector. Items on display in the room include a collection of early nineteenth century Chinese figures and Russian ornaments and drinking vessels in enamelled silver. Queen Alexandra had close ties with the Russian Imperial Family, her sister Dagmar was the wife of Tsar Alexander II and their sons George V and the ill fated Nicholas II bore a striking resemblance. Queen Victoria was most impressed with this room when she visited Sandringham for the first time in November to December, 1871, during her son’s illness with typhoid, she particularly admired the painted ceiling and panels.
The Dining Room houses a collection of Spanish tapestries, presented to the Prince of Wales in 1876 by Alphonso XII of Spain, the subjects are derived from cartoons by various Spanish artists, including Goya.
The gardens of Sandringham House are entered through elaborate wrought iron gates, of a flower and leaf design, known as the Norwich gates, they were given as a wedding present to the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1863 by the County of Norfolk and the City of Norwich and are the work of Thomas Jekyll. The gardens have two lakes and contain a magnificent collection of azaleas and rhododendrons, including the unusual rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’ which flowers in July. There are also some fine camellias. Most of the plants and shrubs are named and bear the date of their planting. York Cottage, the much loved home of George V and Queen Mary from 1893 to 1926 can be seen in the grounds, it is now used as the Estate Office.
The grounds contain the Sandringham Museum and the Queen’s thoroughbred stud. The Queen regularly spends Christmas at Sandringham and stays there until the following February, her annual Christmas broadcasts, a tradition established by her grandfather, George V, are generally made from Sandringham.
We earn a commission for products purchased through some links in this article.
She may spend the majority of her time living at Buckingham Palace, but it’s no secret that Queen Elizabeth II also likes to spend her winters at Sandringham House…
Located in Norfolk, Sandringham House is one of two personal and private residences owned by The Royal Family, unlike the Royal palaces that belong to the Crown. Sandringham House stands within a 20,000 acres estate in the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – so it’s no surprise Her Majesty enjoys being there.
This stunning house played host to ‘crisis talks’ between the Queen, Price Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry yesterday, after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s announced they will ‘step back’ as senior members of the Royal Family.
When did the Queen inherit Sandringham House?
The Queen inherited Sandringham from her father King George VI in 1952, following his death on February 6.
Sandringham House has been the private home to four generations of sovereigns since 1862, when it was purchased for King Edward VII, then Prince of Wales, as a country home for himself and his soon-to-be wife, Princess Alexandra of Denmark. Edward VII also developed the estate, creating one of the finest shoots in England.
Following King Edward VII’s death in 1910, the estate passed to his second son and heir, King George V, who described the house as ‘dear old Sandringham, the place I love better than anywhere else in the world’. It was the setting for the first ever Christmas broadcast in 1932. George V died at the house on January 20, 1936.
The estate passed to his son King Edward VIII and at the abdication, as the private property of the monarch, was purchased by Edward VIII’s brother, King George VI.
How much is Sandringham House worth?
Sandringham House is estimated to be worth £48.5 million.
When the Queen inherited the property in 1952, The Duke of Edinburgh took overall responsibility for its management.
One of His Royal Highness’s principles has been to maintain the estate for future generations, so conservation has always been an important part of the Estate’s management practises.
MORE: The very strange test everyone must pass to work for the Queen at Sandringham
The estate is also home to York Cottage and Anmer Hall. York Cottage was built by Edward VII soon after he moved in and it has since become the country home of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, after Her Majesty gave it to them as a wedding gift when they got married last year. Anmer Hall is a Georgian house on the grounds. At one point it was the country home of the Duke of Kent, but it is now the country home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
When does the Queen stay at Sandringham House?
Her Majesty resides at Sandringham House from Christmas until February every year.
The Queen enjoys spending December 25 there and is joined by many members of The Royal Family who traditionally visit The Church of St. Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate.
In 1957, the Queen made her first televised Christmas broadcast from the house.
Can members of the public visit Sandringham House?
In 1977, the year of her Silver Jubilee, the Queen opened the house and estate to the public for the first time. The house, the landscaped gardens, park and woodlands are listed Grade II* on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.
Only certain parts of the grounds and house are open to the public with its museum, lavish gardens and visitor centre. The Sandringham Estate website recommends that visitors allow at least four hours in order to get the most out of their time there.
The Visitor Centre Restaurant offers a two-course lunch with tickets to visit the house, museum and gardens. Sandringham House also hosts a large garden show each July ensuring that this royal residence is well worth a visit, even if it’s just to see where Her Majesty pulls her crackers every year.
Looking at pics of Sandringham House, we’re not surprised the Queen likes to spend her winters holed up there!
Poll: Will you continue to visit Sandringham Estate after car parking charges are imposed?
West Norfolk residents have been sharing their thoughts on new plans to introduce car parking charges on the Sandringham Estate from February of next year, which were announced yesterday.
We want to know if you feel that these charges would affect whether you continue to visit the estate or not – have your say in our poll below.
The estate announced that next year, visitors will be charged £3 up to two hours, £5 up to four hours and £7 all day, but those who visit the museum, garden or house, or those who park for up to 20 minutes, will still be able to park for free.
Members of the public have been commenting on the changes on social media.
Michelle Hall said she visits Sandringham all year round and “loves the place”, but she feels the charges are “disgusting” for the amount of time it would allow you to park.
She said she thinks the estate “will be hit bad” in summer 2020 because of the fees.
Sandringham Visitors Centre..Visitors Guide – Calendar. (18834405)
Bev Green said: “This is such a shame. Many folk will miss out because of these charges.
“We have always been able to share the ‘Queen’s garden’.”
Others raised concerns that the fees will mean more people park on the grass verges, while some mentioned the effect on charities and day clubs which take their clients there.
But Janet Loveland said: “Well someone has to pay to keep the place and why not good old Joe public.”
Sandringham House (6877768)
A spokesman for the Sandringham Estate said the charge will “assist with the increasing cost of maintaining existing facilities” and will “allow funding for future developments to improve the visitor experience”.
The fees were announced as part of redevelopment plans for the estate, which will see improvements made to the car parks, including more disabled parking bays, as well as a “major makeover” to the Sandringham Café.
Anyone hoping to find out more can attend a drop-in session at the Visitor Centre at Sandringham on Thursday from 11am to 7pm, where members of the public can view plans and speak with representatives of the estate.
You can also email the estate office via [email protected]
More by this author
Lynn News Reporter
Trying to decide on the best wedding gift for a bride and groom can be a tricky business, but one lady bound not to disappoint is Her Majesty The Queen, who is reportedly gifting Prince Harry and Meghan Markle a gorgeous country home – York Cottage.
We already know that the royal couple will permanently reside in Nottingham Cottage after the wedding, a city residence situated in the grounds of Kensington Palace, London. But being royalty, the couple will occupy more than one property – and who wouldn’t want a house in the country?
York Cottage on the Sandringham Estate in 1920 Hulton Archive / StringerGetty Images
The newlyweds, set to marry on May 19, will likely enjoy York Cottage as their country retreat, which sits in the grounds of the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. The private and secluded home has been the residence of four generations of British monarchs since 1862.
King George V reportedly said of the estate: “Dear old Sandringham, the place I love better than anywhere in the world.”
Sandringham Estate, Norfolk Dave Porter Peterborough UkGetty Images
Sounds like a nice spot for Harry and Meghan to escape from city duties.
The history of York Cottage
Ironically, the country home was originally called the Bachelor’s Cottage. King Edward VII, then the Prince of Wales, gave the cottage to his son Prince George, the Duke of York – who became King George V – and his wife, the future Queen Mary, after they were married in 1893. The couple lived there for 33 years and it was the birthplace of King George VI in 1895.
Illustration of York Cottage from the magazine The Illustrated London News in 1872. DEA / BIBLIOTECA AMBROSIANA / ContributorGetty Images
Today, York Cottage is the estate office for Sandringham and is used as accommodation for holiday stays and employees of the estate.
It’s not the first time the Queen has gifted a cottage on the Sandringham Estate to a member of her family – Prince William and Kate Middleton were given Anmer Hall after their nuptials.
What a generous grandmother!
A family home with a unique royal history has been put up for sale, and as well as the £1.5 million price tag, it comes with quite the perk.
Ashbee House was created from the former ticket offices of the royal station for Sandringham House, the royal family’s country house in Norfolk. It stands at the end of the old platforms at Wolferton station, next to the royal waiting rooms and is one of just four properties built on the site of the redundant station about 15 years ago.
There’s more to this royal connection, though. Ashbee House is just over a mile away from Sandringham House and is protected and surrounded by the Royal Estate, so its new owner will be a neighbour to the Queen.
Wolferton station was regularly used by the royal family during the 1800s due to its proximity to Sandringham House, but it was closed in 1969 when the Queen chose to use nearby King’s Lynn instead. Today, the five-bedroom home is one of the few properties in the village which are privately owned and following the redesign, it still incorporates original elements of the station buildings.
The platform wall is now a feature running the length of the house’s interior and railway tracks and buffers can be found in the garden.
Ben Marchbank from Bedfords said: ‘This is truly a rare opportunity, to acquire one of the few properties in Wolferton in private ownership, secure in the knowledge that you are surrounded and protected by the Royal Sandringham Estate. The house has been finished to an exceptionally high standard and is just a short walk from the marshes and protected nature reserves. It should be just the ticket for someone!’
Get inspiration, ideas and advice wherever you are! Follow us on Facebook: House Beautiful UK | Pinterest: House Beautiful UK | Twitter: @HB | Instagram: @housebeautifuluk
Katie Frost Senior Editor Katie Frost is Deputy News Editor in the Newsroom, covering lifestyle, travel, food, celebrity and royals-related content.