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.
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.
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.
Redwings Horse Sanctuary
Redwings Visitor Centre is at Caldecott Hall, Great Yarmouth which is in East Norfolk. You can meet the rescued ponies, horses and donkeys either there or at the Redwings Rescue Centre at Stonham Barns near Stowmarket. Special events are organised throughout the year and there is a lot to see and do at both centres.
The beautiful Raveningham Gardens were the inspiration of Priscilla Bacon, who began her gardening campaign in 1950. Priscilla lived here for 50 years and her son and daughter in law have carried on her excellent work. Features of the garden include an 18th century walled kitchen garden, Victorian conservatory, Edwardian rose garden, huge herbaceous borders, unusual plant species, colourful herb garden, orchard and arboretum and contemporary garden sculptures.
Letheringsett Watermill is a restored watermill that produces organic and whole wheat flour and is the only working water powered mill in Norfolk. Located near Holt, in north Norfolk, visitors can throughout the year watch working demonstrations and go on a tour of this fascinating mill.