Project Description

The Victoria Inn

The ‘Vic’ is an independent English inn, owned and managed by the Holkham Estate, standing at the gateway to Holkham park and the National Nature Reserve.


The Victoria Inn is ideally situated just a few minutes’ walk from the golden sands of Holkham Beach and at the gates Holkham Hall. It is perfectly placed for exploring the county’s windswept coastline, picturesque seaside towns and villages.


The Victoria Inn has twenty bedrooms. Ten rooms are located at ‘The Vic’ and a further ten rooms are in Ancient House, a building located opposite. Each bedroom is individually decorated and there is a choice of a double and twin rooms, a spacious family attic room as well as four suites in Ancient House with their own attractive sitting rooms for guests who are looking for their own private, quiet space. For guests with disabilities they have a ground floor double room with full access and a wet room.

All bedrooms are designed with an emphasis on comfort and quality with comfortable beds, crisp linen, cotton bathrobes, toiletries, Nespresso machines and complimentary drinks in the mini fridge. A mix of contemporary and antique pieces of furniture add to the charm, with many rooms featuring individual objects gleaned from the attics and basements of Holkham Hall. The rooms are all named after shooting drives on the Holkham Estate.

Dogs are welcome to stay in the rooms at The Victoria and are also allowed throughout the ground floor areas of the inn. However, dogs are not able to stay in the rooms at Ancient House.

Food & Drink

It is arguable that their main attraction is the food they serve in the restaurant. Our main themes are fresh, local and seasonal. The cooking is simple and elegant and wherever possible the kitchen uses produce grown and raised on the estate. Beef comes from the herd of cattle that grazes the freshwater marshes, venison from the Fallow Deer in Holkham Park and lobsters and landed at Wells quay, less than two miles away.

The bar and dining rooms offer a relaxed blend of style and comfort. The Victoria serves delicious locally sourced food, much of it grown and raised on the Holkham Estate with a bold emphasis on freshness, simplicity and value.

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The Victoria Inn has 20 individually furnished bedrooms. 10 rooms are located at The Vic, and a further 10 are located opposite in Ancient House.

Well-behaved dogs are welcome to stay in the rooms at The Victoria and are also allowed throughout the ground floor areas of the inn. Dogs are not able to stay in the rooms at Ancient House. Secure kennels on site are also available if required.


To book a stay at The Victoria Inn, please click here.


Meet the Chef

It is arguable that the main attraction at The Victoria is the food they serve in the restaurant. Michael Chamberlain and his team at The Victoria use local, fresh and seasonal ingredients from high quality suppliers in the area. The quality of their ingredients is paramount, whether it be shellfish, fish or samphire from the north Norfolk coast, beef from the farms on the Holkham Estate, lamb or pork from one of their farm tenants or soft summer fruit from a friend’s fruit farm along the coast and, in the winter only, wild game or venison from their herd of Fallow Deer.

The Victoria offers a small selection of hand-picked wines to complement your meal. 

Out & About

Step out of the front door and into Holkham National Nature Reserve, home to some of the country’s most delightful walking and cycling routes. Meander through the purple fields of lavender during the summer months and in winter catch the sight of thousands of migrants birds coming home in the dawn sunlight over Stiffkey Marshes.

Right next door to the inn lies the magnificent Holkham Hall, which is still lived in by the Earl of Leicester. The family take great pleasure in sharing the house and its treasures, the deer park and Holkham Beach with its visitors. Enter through the impressive marble hall and explore the statue gallery before taking in the remarkable library and the peaceful chapel.

Standing proudly at the heart of Norfolk’s undulating fields is Bircham Windmill, which looks just as it did around 100 years ago. Visitors will enjoy climbing the five floors up to the fan stage to see the sails turning, before returning to ground level to the tea room and gallery, gift shop and even the mill’s own bakery where kids can learn how to bake the perfect roll. From walking trails and cycle routes to sheep milking and pony riding, it’s the perfect day out whilst staying at the Victoria Inn.

Also close by is the Fakenham Racecourse, where events are held all year round. With a friendly atmosphere, it is a great place to enjoy the thrill of horse racing.

For nature lovers of all ages Morston Seal Trips are only a 15 minute drive away and nearby Pensthorpe Nature Reserve is a perfect picnic spot. Additionally, Hunstanton Sealife Centre is a great day out, home to amazing discoveries and exciting marine displays.

Houghton Hall is fantastic museum and state rooms open for public viewing. including frequent art exhibitions. Take a stroll around the stunning sculpture garden and vast deer park.

Recommended Local Attractions

  • Holkham Hall – on the doorstep!
  • Holkham National Nature reserve – on the doorstep!
  • Morston seal trips – 15 mins
  • Pensthorpe nature reserve – 30 mins
  • Fakenham racecourse – 30 mins
  • Hunstanton sea life centre – 35 mins
  • Bircham Windmill – 35 mins
  • Houghton Hall – 45 mins
  • Sandringham House – 50 mins
  • Dinosaur Adventure Park – 60 mins
  • Blickling estate – 1 hour 5 mins

Retail Therapy

  • Fakenham – 25 mins
  • Kings Lynn – 55 mins
  • Norwich – 1 hour 20 mins

All timings denote typical journey time by car, unless specified otherwise.

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Park Road, Holkham,
Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1RG

T 01328 711008

20 Bedrooms

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Dog Friendly 

10 of 20 guest rooms are dog friendly with a £10 charge per dog per stay. Call to request. Maximum of 3 dogs per room. Dogs welcome in all public areas including the bar and restaurant. Dog beds, water bowls and dog treats provided plus kennels if required.

Map & Directions

Please click the map below for directions.

Location of the Victoria Inn

Transport Links

By car – for sat nav use NR23 1RG

Kings Lynn Railway Station  – 55 mins

Norwich Railway Station  – 1 hour 20 mins