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Sandringham Estate

Published date: April 2020

Sandringham Estate

Sandringham House was built by the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1870 who were later the Queen and King of the country. It has been passed down 4 generations of British monarchs and is now home to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip.

The main ground floors are open to visitors, who are able to explore these spectacular rooms full of family portraits, artwork, interesting objects and a collection of oriental arms and armour. Guides are located in each room to provide information and answer any questions about the house and its contents. 

Sandringham gift shop is a quick walk from the car park and sells many houseplants and shrubs as well as a number of gifts tailor-made for any gardener. Visitors can also purchase Sandringham’s famous apple juices from its orchards, pressed and bottled in variety. These can be purchased by the bottle or by the case.

The family run café and coffee shop use vegetables grown in the gardens at Sandringham and handmade jams and chutneys are used in many of their dishes, whilst also being sold in the gift shop too. Enjoy a variety of freshly prepared dishes, snacks and cakes in the café or maybe an ice cream, drink or takeaway from the kiosk. 

The Queen’s private estate was turned into a Country Park in 1968 with 142 hectares of land, but throughout time this has increased to nearly 243 hectares which are now open to the public. There are two main trails for visitors to enjoy a walk along; one which is 1 ½ miles long and the other 2 ½ miles. Although there are also many other woodland walks to discover across the Country Park.

Sandringham Gardens are built on 24 hectares of land and many rhododendron, magnolia trees and camellia were brought up from Windsor to shelter Her Majesty’s garden. The west side of the house looks over a large area of lawn which is often used for garden parties. Natural springs flow into lakes and a stream passes through meadow areas which are left to grow naturally to encourage wildlife.

Throughout the year, Sandringham hosts many events, such as the Sandringham Flower Show and farmers’ markets and has previously held craft and wood festivals, outdoor theatres, half marathons, horse driving trials, food and drink festivals, live concerts and a variety of fairs.

The Sandringham Exhibition and Transport Museum has a huge selection of historical ornaments and artefacts such as tiny Indian doll dancers as well as the 1939 Merryweather fire engine. Before exploring the museum, visitors can watch a 3-minute video giving an overview about the history and workings today of the Estate. The first royal car owned by the Prince of Wales in 1900 can be seen at Sandringham Estate. There are also multiple model cars which have been presented to younger members of the royal family including an Aston Martin DB007 which can be seen inside the museum.

As well as visiting Sandringham Estate for the day, they also offer multiple properties for rental across 13 villages. Please visit their website to find out more.

For further details on opening times, admission prices and contact details, please visit their website:

https://www.sandringhamestate.co.uk

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