Norfolk & Norwich Tourist Attractions
Norfolk is bursting with entertainment, with so many places to visit. For those seeking peace and tranquility there are magnificent stately homes and halls, all with spectacular gardens. For those with an interest in history, Norfolk has many museums, including Norwich Castle and Keep. For the younger visitor, there is a zoo, wildlife parks and centres, as well as many other attractions to keep children of all ages entertained for hours.
For the railway enthusiast, Norfolk has a full-sized steam railway, a narrow-gauge heritage railway that runs through nine miles of beautiful countryside and an eleven mile ride which links two of Norfolk’s towns using heritage diesel railcars. There is also a steam museum which houses large and small engines, traction engines and a large Victorian steam roundabout. Norfolk also has its own greyhound and horse-racing stadiums as well as amusements for those partial to a flutter.
Norfolk has something for everybody; you will find that there is so much to see and do you will want to come back time and time again. To select an attraction, use the left hand navigation or the map below.
Pensthorpe Natural Park is one of Norfolk’s finest attractions and is located 45 minutes from Norwich on the A1067 Fakenham to Norwich road. It is home to many species of mammals, birds, invertebrates and plants and its diverse range of habitats creates a stunning rich landscape which Pensthorpe Conservation Trust manages. With indoor and outdoor adventure play areas, educational facilities, talks and guided tours, bird hides, a café and gift shop, it’s a great place to visit, whatever your age.
Norfolk has a history of very wealthy landowners and today examples of this wealth can be seen in the form of magnificent stately homes, many of which are open to the public. These imposing country houses are as diverse as they are impressive, with beautifully landscaped gardens, soaring ceilings, moats, secret corridors, stained glass windows and art collections, there is plenty to see and explore; here are seven of the best in Norfolk……
Whether you'e on a date, in a big group, out with the family or work colleagues or are wanting to play competitively, there are many places in Norfolk where you can play ten pin bowls. Suitable for all age groups and abilities, ten pin bowling is a fun way to pass a few hours and is especially popular on a rainy day.
One of the driest and sunniest counties in the country, Norfolk does still have its fair share of rainy days. When the weather is wet, gloomy and cold, there is still plenty of fun to be had in Norfolk and here is our pick of the best……...
RAF Air Defence Radar Museum, Near RRH Neatishead, Horning, Norfolk, NR12 8YB
Having a Norfolk Museums pass allows you to explore ten Norfolk museums with unlimited admissions. Prices start at just £34.20 for the whole year, making them great value for money.
You can’t beat live music and in Norfolk there are some great music venues; from large open-air concerts to pubs offering more intimate experiences. Whatever your preferred genre, you are sure to find some live music at one of these Norfolk music venues.
If you are interested in greyhound racing, motor racing or are looking for a party venue, Yarmouth Stadium in Caister is where you need to head.
Norfolk has a great variety of theatres dotted across the county, from the impressive Theatre Royal in Norwich, to smaller, more intimate venues.
Priory Maze & Gardens
Priory Maze and Gardens has one of the most enchanting gardens in Norfolk, where you can experience peaceful relaxation in natural gardens of woodland, water and meadow. The gardens are establishing a growing reputation as a must visit Norfolk attraction and are a haven of natural beauty, providing a home for numerous birds, insects and mammals. Norfolk's only traditional hedge maze gives you the chance to lose yourself for a while and the unique microclimate in this part of Norfolk means that unusual, rare and exotic plants are grown throughout the gardens. Many of the plants are offered for sale in the plant centre, which, along with the tearooms, are open to non-garden visitors.
Experience the lives of families who lived in this splendid Quayside house from Tudor to Victorian Times. Decide for yourself if the death of Charles I was plotted in the Conspiracy Room. Dress the family in Tudor costumes. Discover Victorian life 'upstairs and downstairs' and what it was really like to work in the kitchen and scullery. Children will particularly enjoy the activity packed toy room. Pause for a moment of peace in the small but delightful walled garden.
Pensthorpe Nature Reserve
Pensthorpe Nature Reserve and Gardens covers an area of 500 acres and is made up of wetlands and woodland with dozens of native and migratory water birds. There is the new Wensum Discovery Tour, which is a vehicle safari with an expert commentary. There is also an excellent tearoom offering homemade cakes, a shop with a vast array of delightful merchandise and a playground for the younger visitors. This can all be found on the A1067 near Fakenham.