Sandringham Estate: what to know before you go

The massive royal country residence is a must-see.

Sandringham Estate is the Queen’s country retreat, but is also open to visitors.

The gardens

The gardens at Sandringham were the first part of the estate to be open to the public in 1903.

The sheer variety of plants, trees, shrubs and flowers is astounding, and the grounds are landscaped in a way which set off the manor house.

The house

Built in 1870, Sandringham is actually a cosy and charming residence. The ground floor is open to visitors when the royal family is not in residence.

There are lovely art objects, including ceramics, as well as portraits of past and current royal family members.

The church

The church of St Mary Magdalene is where the royal family worship at Christmas. It dates back to the 16th century and is a prime example of a carrstone building.

Staying at Sandringham

If you have more time, you can even stay at Sandringham. There are two cottages available for weekly rentals.

The Garden House is the former residence of the estate’s head gardener. It can sleep up to eight people.

The Granary is a converted barn that sleeps six guests with three ensuite bedrooms. There’s even a wood-burning stove and a small garden.

Enjoy some time visiting this historical landmark as part of the Historic Eastern England tour with Back-roads Touring. Beginning in Edinburgh and ending in London this tour takes in many of Eastern England’s hideaway villages and historical sites including Alnwick, Lincoln and Cambridge. For more information visit RACQ Travel or contact one of our friendly travel consultants on 1300 096 166.

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