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Eighteenth century secrets revealed in behind-the-scenes tours of stately home

PUBLISHED: 10:39 25 February 2019 | UPDATED: 11:19 25 February 2019

Holkham Hall, which will be hosting a series of behind-the-scenes tours from April 1st. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Holkham Hall, which will be hosting a series of behind-the-scenes tours from April 1st. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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Vistors to Holkham Hall will have a chance to discover the behind-the-scenes secrets of the iconic Norfolk stately home, in a series of guided tours offering a rare opportunity to see attics, cellars and secret passageways not usually open to the public.

One of the rooms at Holkham Hall in North Norfolk. Picture: COURTESY OF HOLKHAM HALLOne of the rooms at Holkham Hall in North Norfolk. Picture: COURTESY OF HOLKHAM HALL

The tours, which run from April to October, will offer an insight into both upstairs and downstairs 18th century life.

Open for the first time will be the old servants’ hall and the sumptuous Venetian bedroom, with the tours also offering an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the young Princess Victoria, who stayed at Holkham as a 16-year-old in 1835.

One of the rooms at Holkham Hall in North Norfolk. Picture: COURTESY OF HOLKHAM HALLOne of the rooms at Holkham Hall in North Norfolk. Picture: COURTESY OF HOLKHAM HALL

Visitors can opt for the cellar tour – which offers a glimpse of the warren of corridors and chambers at the hub of the building – or the the hidden passages and servants’ stairs tour, which will showcase the work of those who kept the hall ticking.

Hidden passages tours will run on Wednesdays from April 1st, with cellar tours available on the first Tuesday of the month. Tickets, priced £25 (£12.50 children) are available from www.holkham.co.uk

A sitting room inside Holkham Hall in North Norfolk. Picture: COURTESY OF HOLKHAM HALLA sitting room inside Holkham Hall in North Norfolk. Picture: COURTESY OF HOLKHAM HALL

A sitting room inside Holkham Hall in North Norfolk. Picture: COURTESY OF HOLKHAM HALLA sitting room inside Holkham Hall in North Norfolk. Picture: COURTESY OF HOLKHAM HALL

A sitting room inside Holkham Hall in North Norfolk. Picture: COURTESY OF HOLKHAM HALLA sitting room inside Holkham Hall in North Norfolk. Picture: COURTESY OF HOLKHAM HALL

One of the rooms at Holkham Hall in North Norfolk. Picture: COURTESY OF HOLKHAM HALLOne of the rooms at Holkham Hall in North Norfolk. Picture: COURTESY OF HOLKHAM HALL

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