Norfolk & Norwich Tourist Attractions
Norfolk makes the perfect destination for a day trip, weekend break or longer holiday. There is an abundance of tourist attractions, suitable for every conceivable taste and budget. For those seeking peace and tranquillity there are magnificent stately homes and halls, all steeped in history with spectacular gardens. Discover Norfolk's fascinating museums, including the imposing Norwich Castle in the centre of the city. For younger visitors, there are zoos, wildlife parks, working farms and activity centres as well as many other attractions to keep children of all ages entertained.
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 and a casino, for those partial to a flutter.
Norfolk has something for everybody, with so much to see and do you will want to come back time and time again.
Blakeney Point is located close to the North Norfolk villages of Blakeney, Morston and Cley-next-the-Sea and is a beautiful and idyllic part of the county. It is home to England’s largest Grey Seal colony and an array of summer breeding birds and is popular with birdwatchers and nature lovers.
Located 10 miles from Norwich and close to the stunning Norfolk Broads, Wroxham Barns is an all-weather destination suitable for all ages. Younger visitors will love the Junior Farm, play area and new Funpark opening 2nd April 2020 and grownups are sure to enjoy all the local crafts and gifts on offer.
Green Flag award winner - Located close to the Norfolk coast and a mile from the quaint market town of Holt, Holt Country Park is managed by North Norfolk District Council and is an area of tranquil woodland and heathland. It is a Green Flag award winner; a sign to visitors that Holt Country Park has the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained with excellent facilities.
Located in the centre of Norfolk, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is 3 miles northwest of Dereham and a 30-minute drive from Norwich, King’s Lynn and Cromer. Set in 50 acres of unspoilt Norfolk countryside, the grounds include a picturesque river valley, water meadows, gardens, woodland and country trails. A popular visitor attraction, there is loads to see and do, both inside and out at Gressenhall, making it a great all-weather destination for the whole family.
There are many beautiful gardens to visit across Norfolk that can offer visitors inspiration for planting and designing their own garden. Enjoy classic formal gardens such as those at Blickling Hall and Felbrigg Hall to more contemporary styles such as East Ruston Gardens and the gardens at Pensthorpe Natural Park; there is a garden for every conceivable taste and style in Norfolk.
The sight of snowdrops peeping through the earth in January never fails to cheer us up and brightens these often-gloomy winter months. Despite the cold, these hardy little pretty white flowers can be found thriving in woods, ditches, pastures and orchards across Norfolk. After a long, dark, wet and cold winter their delicate white petals and perfect green leaves are a very welcome sight that signals new life and hope.
Whether you love traditional pieces, contemporary art, sculpture, photography, ceramics or glassware, there is an excellent choice of art galleries across Norfolk where art, in many forms can be enjoyed and purchased. From original artwork depicting local scenes to abstract work, Norfolk has something to suit every conceivable taste and budget. Explore Norfolk’s intimate galleries and find some hidden gems or visit larger exhibitions showcasing the region’s better-known artists.
Are you watching the pennies? Holidaying in Norfolk on a budget? Don’t panic, there are plenty of things to see and do for free in the county.
Have you got what it takes to escape? Escape the room games originated in Japan and the craze has since spread far and wide, with Norfolk having its fair share of offerings. If being “locked” in a room with a timer, searching for clues, solving logic puzzles, breaking codes, using your powers of observation and problem solving and opening locks before the allocated time runs out, then this is an activity for you!
Norfolk is a rural county with rich farmland, stunning waterways, big wide skies, windmills, quaint towns and villages and breath-taking coastline. The city of Norwich has wonderful architecture, a magnificent cathedral and a Norman castle and is a popular shopping destination.
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.
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.
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.
Somerleyton Hall & Gardens
Somerleyton, Lowestoft, Suffolk
This early Victorian stately home with it magnificent architectural features has over 12 acres of beautiful gardens, famous yew hedge maze, picnic area, tearooms and gift shop. Located seven miles from Great Yarmouth, it is an ideal setting for weddings and private functions.
The Bressingham Gardens
Low Road, Bressingham, Norfolk
Alan Bloom MBE VMH founder of the Blooms nursery business created the Dell Garden and its famous 'Island Beds' from 1955-1962. This unique garden is now world renowned for its collection of nearly 5,000 species and varieties of hardy perennials set in a park like meadow. Alan Bloom was one of the great British plantsmen of the twentieth century. A gardener from the age of 16, he bought Bressingham Hall, Norfolk in 1946 and founded a world-renowned gardening dynasty that today spans three generations. Some of the gardens are open to the public and also in the same location is Alan Bloom's magnificent collection of Steam Engines, the second largest collection in Europe after York. The 11 kilometres of working railway provide a choice of rides and there's even a steam-driven roundabout. A new Dad's Army collection has been launched this year with a trip down memory lane to the famous Warmington On Sea. Together, the attractions make a wonderful day out for all the family.
Snettisham, King's Lynn, Norfolk
This beautiful park is located close to Sandringham and is a popular place for the whole family to visit. Attractions include animal feeding, deer safari, discovery trail, horse and pony rides, adventure playground, tea room, gift shop and farm shop.