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When you visit somewhere new it’s always great to try out their local delicacies, produce that is sourced from the region and their twist on traditional recipes. Norfolk has a wealth of fine restaurants, cafes and pubs around the county selling local fayre and many markets, shops, delicatessens and artisans selling food local to Norfolk.
North Norfolk is a popular destination, for a day trip, weekend or longer holiday. There is so much to see and do in this part of the county, it makes sense to carry out a spot of research before you arrive, to ensure you fit in as many of the highlights as possible. North Norfolk has some breath-taking unspoilt beaches and stunning scenery, iconic buildings, beautiful walks and cycle routes, amazing wildlife and some great attractions the whole family will love. Here are some of North Norfolk’s highlights not to be missed.
Norwich takes some beating when it comes to shopping. Independent stores stand shoulder to shoulder with well-known high street retailers in a compact setting that is easily explored on foot. With two extensive shopping malls, large department stores, many independent boutiques and one of the largest outdoor markets in the UK, it is no wonder Norwich is considered one of the best places to visit in the country for a spot of retail therapy.
Located behind the town’s library, close to the town Hall, The Tolhouse Gaol in Great Yarmouth is an interesting attraction and one of the UK’s oldest gaols. Built around 800 years ago, The Tolhouse Gaol with its sturdy stone walls, finely carved doorway and arched windows, looks rather out of place amongst the current modern houses and offices. Once the private residence of a rich merchant whose livelihood probably depended on the nearby quayside, it has also had a long association with the law, having been used as a courtroom, police station and town gaol.
Located in a residential part of Great Yarmouth, a 10-minute walk from the beach and the town’s popular seafront, the Time and Tide Museum is an interesting place to visit. Housed in one of the UK’s best-preserved Victorian herring curing works, Time and Tide tells the story of Great Yarmouth from its Ice Age origins to the present day. Visitors can experience the heady atmosphere of a 1950s fish wharf and still smell the aroma of smoked herring and take the wheel of a steam drifter.
Discover an extensive collection of military tanks, guns and equipment including models, ammunition, and light weapons. The Muckleburgh Military Collection is open from Easter until the end of October and can be found in Weybourne, on the north Norfolk coast, close to the pretty market town of Holt.
The red brick mill in the pretty village of Letheringsett was built in 1802 and is located close to the historic market town of Holt, in north Norfolk. Letheringsett Watermill is the last remaining watermill in Norfolk to produce flour and was restored to working order by the late Mike and Marion Thurlow. The mill, on the River Glaven is today an award-winning tourist attraction and is run by Michelle, Mike and Marion’s daughter.
Sheringham Little Theatre can be found in the centre of town, amongst the independent shops and eateries and a stone’s throw from the popular beach. Hosting a wide variety of events, you will find comedy shows, plays, ballets, pantomimes, music, films and more at Sheringham Little Theatre; something for everyone. It also runs drama classes for young people and has a coffee bar, The Hub, a popular meeting place.
William Marriott built the railway in 1887 and today visitors can enjoy a special journey on one of Britain’s most scenic heritage railways. The 10.5 mile trip being hauled by a steam engine or heritage diesel locomotive through beautiful Norfolk countryside is a magical experience. Throughout the summer steam trains run daily on ‘The Poppy Line’, and these trips offer spectacular views of the stunning Norfolk coastline.
Alby Crafts & Gardens can be found on the A140, between the Norfolk towns of Cromer and Aylsham. A must for those who have an interest in arts and crafts, Alby Crafts & Gardens has an eclectic mix of craftspeople, housed in beautifully converted farm buildings selling their wares. Browse the unique work of many different craftsmen and women including a printmaker, textile artist, jewellery makers, glass and enamel producers, fine art sculptor, paper cut artist, upholsterer, wood turner, potter, beekeeper, dressmaker and more.
Situated on the beautiful north Norfolk coast, the Holkham Estate is a mix of farmland, woodland, parkland and beach, with an imposing Palladian hall and stunning gardens. Holkham Hall is arguably one of the finest stately homes in the county and is privately owned by the Coke family and is very much a family home, with some parts open to the public.
Located 10 miles north-east of Norwich and close to the beautiful Norfolk Broads, Wroxham Barns is an all-weather tourist attraction popular with visitors of all ages. The Junior Farm and Funpark are sure to be a hit with the younger visitors and the grownups will love all the local crafts and gifts on offer. Sample the excellent selection of food available at Wroxham Barns, from breakfast through to afternoon tea and Sunday roasts.
Born out of one man’s passionate dream, determination and hard work, the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway promises to be a big day out on the world’s smallest public railway. Lieutenant Commander Roy Francis had already built the mile-long 10¼" gauge Beach railway at Wells and in 1979 he started to construct the WWLR on the four miles of old Great Eastern track bed from Wells to Walsingham. Completed in 1982, it’s the longest 10¼" narrow gauge steam railway in the world and is a popular Norfolk tourist attraction.
Thursford is a unique experience that attracts vast numbers of visitors each year and is located 16 miles southwest of Cromer and 25 miles northwest of Norwich. Home to the world-famous Christmas Spectacular, Santa’s Magical Journey and the world’s largest collection of steam engines and organs, it is also home to Thursford Garden Pavilion, one of Norfolk’s leading wedding and event venues.
This small and independent social history museum in the Norfolk market town of Swaffham is an interesting place to explore. Visitors can view exhibitions and displays from the Stone Age through to the modern-day and learn about local heroes such as the archaeologist Howard Carter, Admiral of the Fleet Sir Knyvet Wilson VC, Jem Mace prize fighter, author of the Biggles books W E Johns and the Swaffham Pedlar.
Not in Norfolk, but so close to the border and such a beautiful place to visit, we had to include it!
Located 14 miles south east of Norwich in south Norfolk, the Raveningham Estate is a traditional rural estate of some 5,500 acres. Home to the Bacon family since 1735, today the estate’s main activity is farming. The gardens are open for both individual visits and group tours and their tearoom is open whenever the gardens are.
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