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.
Hoveton Hall Estate
Hoveton, Norwich, Norfolk
Set on the edge of the Norfolk Broads, Hoveton Hall Gardens is a delightful 15 acre garden mixing both formal and informal planting across the seasons. Beginning with the burst of early spring bulbs, the spectacular rhododendrons and azaleas in May and June through to the mid-summer delights of the 'Spider Garden'. Full summer colours of hydrangeas followed by autumn berried shrubs and leaf tints complete what is truly a garden for all seasons. Hoveton Hall Gardens is home to Andrew and Barbara Buxton and has been in the Buxton family since 1946. The Hall, although not open to the public, was built between 1809 and 1812 is attributed to Humphry Repton. The parkland surrounding the Hall was ploughed in the 1940's to provide food during the war years. Most trees were removed, and only the grass on the north side of the lake left untouched. In 1993 the then arable parts of the park were re-sown with grass, under the Countryside Commission Scheme for the Restoration of Historic Parks, and iron railings re-established.
South Beach Parade, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
Situated on Yarmouth's busy seafront, Pleasure Beach Great Yarmouth is a very popular tourist attraction covering an area of nine acres. There is a good mix of white-knuckle rides, children's rides, water attractions and crazy golf and of course the traditional hot doughnuts, candyfloss and rock.
Holkham Hall is considered one of the finest stately homes in the country. It was built by Thomas Coke (first Earl of Leicester), in the mid 18th century. Since then, seven generations of Earls of Leicester have lived in the hall. There is a stunning marble hall and magnificent state-rooms, and the 3,000 acre park is home to roughly 800 fallow deer. The deer park is open every day apart from Christmas day, with free unlimited access. As well as wandering around the house and park, visitors can also look at the stables, coach house, a working pottery and a museum of vehicles, with rural and domestic bygones.