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Owned and operated by the volunteers of the Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust, the Mid-Norfolk Railway runs from Dereham to the market town of Wymondham, along an 11-mile line. Dereham station has been sympathetically restored and today looks how it would have in the late 1950s. There is a period ticket office, souvenir shop, tearoom and interesting displays of local railway memorabilia.
On the west coast of Norfolk, you will find this popular tourist attraction 3 miles south of Hunstanton on the main A149 road. Founded in 1932, Norfolk Lavender is England’s premier lavender farm, with nearly 100 acres of lavender under cultivation. Renowned worldwide, Norfolk Lavender use their lavender oil to make their own distinctive and popular toiletry products as well as supplying many respected herbalists, doctors and aromatherapists.
Fakenham Racecourse is the only National Hunt Racecourse in Norfolk and had its first meeting in 1905, attracting 37 runners. Just one meeting per year was held on Easter Monday, with racing continuing each year except for enforced breaks during war years. Racing fixtures have increased over the years and Fakenham racecourse continues to draw in the crowds.
Located 8 miles south-east of Hunstanton, Bircham Windmill was built in 1846 and looks as it would have done over 100 years ago. Norfolk once had hundreds of windmills but today very few are left, and Bircham Mill is considered one of the best survivors and is the only windmill in the area to be in working order and open to the public, having undergone much restoration.
An important Norfolk visitor attraction, Castle Acre Priory is one of the largest and best-preserved monastic sites in England dating back to 1090. Home to the first Cluniac order of monks in England, visitors can witness the Cluniac love of decoration, which is reflected everywhere in the extensive ruins.
Grime’s Graves is situated 7 miles north-west of Thetford in Norfolk, off the A134 and is the only Neolithic flint mine open to visitors in Britain. The mysterious lunar-like landscape of Grime’s Graves is what is left after hundreds of years of activity by Neolithic flint miners. Around 4,500 years ago, about the time many of the stones at Stonehenge were first raised, miners dug more than 400 pits here to obtain the fine quality, jet-black flint to fashion tools, ceremonial objects and weapons and today Grime’s Graves is one of only ten known prehistoric flint mines in England.
Broadland Cycle Hire is located between Hoveton and Horning, on the A1062 at BeWILDerwood. Providing cycle hire services around the Norfolk Broads area for over 20 years, Broadland Cycle Hire offers a wealth of experience and knowledge so that visitors can get the most out of their time in the region and enjoy the wonderful scenery of the magical Norfolk Broads.
Visit these early 17th century merchant’s houses that are located close to Great Yarmouth’s historic quayside. Step back in time and experience the rare remnants of Great Yarmouth’s original ‘Rows’, a network of narrow alleyways linking Yarmouth’s three main thoroughfares. Many ‘Row Houses’ were damaged during World War II bombings or demolished after the war, but these surviving properties demonstrate what these dwelling looked like at various stages in their history.
Bressingham Steam & Gardens has been a charity since the early 1970s and is home to Alan Bloom’s collection of mainly steam powered engineering, gardens and Dad’s Army Appreciation Society’s collection. Open to the public since 1961, the attraction is located in the village of Bressingham, west of Diss in Norfolk, and is enjoyed by both young and old.
Having a Norfolk Museums Pass allows you to explore ten of the best Norfolk museums with unlimited admissions throughout the year. It is great value for money and makes the perfect gift for friends and family who enjoy history, exploring museums, art galleries and historic buildings and can be enjoyed the whole year through. There are a number of annual subscriptions available, including single, joint and family options and further details can be found on the website below.
This magnificent Tudor house is one of Norwich’s most historic buildings and has been home to many of the city’s wealthy and influential citizens since the 14th century. Located a short walk from Norwich Market and main shopping area, Strangers’ Hall is today a museum of local history.
Located in the city centre, the Museum of Norwich looks at how Norwich was England’s second largest city in 1700, bigger and more prosperous than its medieval counterparts of York, Bristol, Exeter and Newcastle. Split into three different spaces, the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell is a fascinating place to unearth the history of this fine city.
Situated in the beautiful parkland campus of the University of East Anglia, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is south west of the historic city of Norwich and is suitable for families, school and student groups and anyone with an interest in art. It is free to enter for everyone, with a charge for their special exhibitions. The Sainsbury Centre is accessible to disabled visitors including those with limited mobility and those accompanying them, with the exception of the Mezzanine Gallery.
Located in St Benedict’s Street, Norwich, close to the city centre, Norwich Arts Centre is internationally recognised and a contemporary arts venue delivering a wide programme of live music, theatre, live art, dance, visual art, family performances, exhibitions, comedy and literature. A small, independently run venue with charitable status, its mission is to support the development of artists and nurture emerging talent across a range of art forms and is considered by some as one of the best small venues in Britain.
Norwich Puppet Theatre is housed in a converted medieval church to the north of Norwich’s city centre, adjacent to the Whitefriars/Barrack Street roundabout. It offers a unique experience to visitors, with a regular programme of puppet-making workshops and performances and is one of only three building-based puppet theatres in England. It is an excellent introduction to the magic of theatre and puts on original shows, many activities, workshops and masterclasses for visitors of all ages.
The Maddermarket Theatre was formed in 1921 by its founder Nugent Monk and is a unique and intimate theatre located in St John’s Alley, Norwich. Audiences across the ages have enjoyed incredible theatre, comedies and music concerts at this community theatre, situated in the heart of Norwich’s city centre.
Dragon Hall is a Grade 1 listed medieval trading hall that was built around 1430. It is a unique legacy of medieval life and is one of the most important historic buildings in Norwich and Norfolk. The magnificent first floor Great Hall has an outstanding crown post roof with a beautifully carved dragon, which gives the building its name.
Located on Theatre Street, Norwich Theatre Royal is an art-deco theatre that hosts a large range of touring productions. Theatrical performances in Norwich date right back to late medieval times where shows were performed on decorated stages wheeled into the city centre during festivals. Groups of actors would travel across the country in the late 17th century and regularly visited Norwich.
Cromer Museum is located along Church Street, near the church in the town’s centre. Cromer Museum opened in 1978 on 15th June and in 1981 the collection was improved. In 2003, the museum was given funding for a re-development project and a new education room, entrance and shop was developed.
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