Queen's Sandringham Estate to charge £3 for parking

The Queen's Sandringham Estate in Norfolk is introducing parking charges following an increase in visitor numbers.

Charges will begin in February 2020, with proceeds used to help with the "increasing cost of maintaining existing facilities" and to fund future developments to "improve the visitor experience", a spokesman said.

Improvements are set to be made to the on-site cafe, gift shop and visitor centre at Sandringham, which is around seven miles from King's Lynn, Norfolk.

A spokesman said: "In recent years, the number of people and vehicles to the estate has increased significantly, particularly in the country park, which received over 500,000 visitors last year.

"In light of the increase in numbers, the estate is undergoing some redevelopments with a view to offering improved facilities for visitors, while also maintaining the landscape and environment for all to enjoy."

The basic parking charge will be £3 for up to two hours, with stays of up to 20 minutes free and season tickets available.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall leave by horse drawn carriage after a visit to the Sandringham Flower Show. Credit: PA