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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.
Located on the Cromer Road, a short distance from the centre of Sheringham, Priory Maze and Gardens is set within 10 acres, with various themed gardens and a hedge maze. Beautiful gardens and diverse planting have created the perfect habitat for a wide range of mammals, birds, and insects. Discover their resident pheasants, woodcock, snipe, kingfisher and goldcrest, as well as many other regulars and maybe even spot waxwings, firecrest, crossbills and tree creepers.
An intimate theatre located in the popular Norfolk seaside town of Hunstanton, it comprises of stalls, front circle, and upper circle, with a seating capacity of 464. Overlooking the green and the beautiful Wash, the theatre hosts a wide programme of entertainment, from live shows, music, comedy, films and more, offering something for everyone.
Located at the south end of Great Yarmouth’s famous Golden Mile, Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach covers an area of nine acres and attracts vast numbers of visitors each year. It’s a free to enter amusement park and visitors either pay-per-ride through purchasing ride tokens or purchase an all-day wristband for unlimited rides for the remainder of that day.
Located 14 miles north of King’s Lynn and close to the seaside destinations of Heacham and Hunstanton, Snettisham Park is a 329 acre working farm. Growing wheat for animal feed, malting barley, sugar beet and grass for their ewe flock, herd of red deer, horses and ponies. This popular Norfolk attraction offers visitors the opportunity to take a deer safari and get up close to their herd of red deer, maybe see lambs being born during the lambing season, collect fresh farm eggs, ride ponies and explore their three walking trails.
Based at Brancaster Staithe, on the north Norfolk coast, Norfolk Fishing Trips and Charter runs fishing trips during the summer months from this idyllic part of the county, with a long maritime history. Enjoy powering across the water to your fishing destination, aboard their well-equipped charter boat for an unforgettable fishing experience.
Hoveton Hall Estate covers 620 acres of gardens, parkland, woodland, grazing and arable land. Hoveton Hall is a fine Regency Hall built between 1809-1812 and has been owned by the Buxton family since 1946. Built of gault brick with a slate roof, the design is attributed to Humphrey Repton, the last great English landscape designer of the eighteenth century.
This magnificent building was built in the 1720s for Great Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole. Located half a mile off the A148 King’s Lynn to Fakenham road, roughly 13 miles east of King’s Lynn and 10 miles west of Fakenham, Houghton Hall is a fine example of Palladian architecture, with plush interiors by William Kent.
Located close to the town’s beach and amusements, the Hippodrome Circus is one of Great Yarmouth’s most popular attractions, drawing vast numbers of visitors each year. Built in 1903 by the legendary circus showman George Gilbert, this historic building has been home to a wide variety of entertainment including amazing water spectacles, stage shows, cinema and cine variety and was even used as a military practice shooting range in wartime. Lloyd George held political rallies at the Hippodrome, Max Miller joked, Houdini escaped, Little Tich clowned, Lillie Langtry sang and the world’s finest clowns, circus performers and entertainers have performed here.
Situated in the popular Norfolk seaside town of Great Yarmouth, this Sea Life Centre is located on Marine Parade, where tourists flock, attracted by the vast array of amusements, food outlets and other highlights. Discover a magical marine world at Sea Life Great Yarmouth and become acquainted with many beautiful and fascinating creatures of the deep, from starfish and seahorses to sharks, giant sea turtles and penguins.
The tall trees and dense forest of Thetford Forest provide an ever-changing seasonal backdrop for this high rope adventure and during the summer months, the Rhododendrons are a beautiful sight. This stunning location has loads to offer, for both thrill seekers and those who just love being outdoors.
Situated in the heart of the Norfolk countryside and close to the north Norfolk coast, The Shell Museum in Glandford is a quaint and interesting place to visit. Housed in Norfolk’s oldest purpose-built museum, a delightful small building with Dutch gables, it contains one of the finest seashell collections in the UK.
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