History & Heritage Visit Explore Fabulous Norfolk

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Norfolk is steeped in history & heritage. From captivating castles and cathedrals, to splendid stately homes and parkland. There’s amazing heritage to discover here in Fabulous Norfolk.

“Here’s our ‘8 MUST SEE‘ places when you Visit Norfolk.”

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Blickling Hall

One visit is never enough to this amazing building and the lovely walks in the gardens and the park.

Covering 4,600 acres with 950 acres of woodland and parkland, and 3,500 acres of farmland, Blickling Estate is great for exploring alone, with family or your four-legged friends.

Mentioned in the Domesday book, this was the birthplace of Anne Boleyn and the very first great house bequeathed to the National Trust. Beautifully lit at night, with festivals, proms, bookshop, segway tours and many more.

You will never forget your first sight of this stunning property.

Visit Blickling Hall here →

History & Heritage Visit Explore Fabulous Norfolk
History & Heritage Visit Explore Fabulous Norfolk

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Norwich Castle

From the battlements looking over what was the old moat and are now gardens, to the dungeons which were prisons, this fascinating building is now a museum and art gallery with modern interactive displays, museum tours and cafe.

Climb the 62 steps of the Norman staircase and enjoy a 360-degree canvas of uninterrupted views high above Norwich.

See the sites associated with Robert Kett’s 16th century rebellion, a fight for the rights of Norfolk’s poor that ended with Kett being hung in chains from these battlements until he died from hunger and cold.

Visit Norwich Castle here →

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Sandringham

Probably the most famous stately home in Norfolk and the much loved country retreat of Her Majesty the Queen.

The Estate is a thriving mixed landscape, including the tidal mudflats of the Wash, woodland and wetland, arable, livestock and fruit farms, and commercial and residential properties.

The heart of the 8,000 hectare Sandringham Estate and with 240 hectares of woodland and heath open to the public free of charge all year round.

There are also Gardens, Museum and Shop to make for a very enjoyable day.

Visit Sandringham here →

History & Heritage Visit Explore Fabulous Norfolk

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Holkham

Probably the most famous stately home in Norfolk and the much loved country retreat of Her Majesty the Queen.

The Estate is a thriving mixed landscape, including the tidal mudflats of the Wash, woodland and wetland, arable, livestock and fruit farms, and commercial and residential properties.

The heart of the 8,000 hectare Sandringham Estate and with 240 hectares of woodland and heath open to the public free of charge all year round.

There are also Gardens, Museum and Shop to make for a very enjoyable day.

Visit Holkham here →

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Felbrigg Hall

The Hall, Gardens and Estate are another jewel in the National Trust collection and one of the finest 17th century county houses in Norfolk. One of the most elegant country houses in East Anglia, the Hall is a place of surprises and delights, a mixture of opulence and homeliness where each room has something to feed the imagination.

The unaltered 17th-century house is noted for its Jacobean architecture and fine Georgian interior. In a lovely setting with beautiful walks, popular shop and tearooms, it’s a favourite spot.

Visit Felbrigg Hall here →

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Sheringham Park

Sheringham Park is a landscape park and gardens near the town of Sheringham on the Norfolk Norfolk coast.

Another National Trust gem with grounds designed by Humphrey Repton, this 1000 acre park was landscaped in 1812.

There are many way-marked walks, through stunning rhododendron and azalea collections in May and June, to the viewing tower where you can see the coastline all the way to Blakeney Point.

With shop, cafe and exhibition room – this is a very popular all year round destination.

Visit Sheringham Park here →

History & Heritage Visit Explore Fabulous Norfolk

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Norwich Cathedral

This iconic Norwich landmark and much loved Norman cathedral was built over 900 years ago and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Norfolk.

With its honey coloured stone and majestic setting, it is in the beating heart of the city.

After you have unearthed over 900 years of history and explored the awe-inspiring Cathedral building, discover the largest Cathedral Close and monastic Cloisters in the land.

View fascinating exhibitions, enjoy a light lunch or coffee and cake in the Refectory café and experience the tranquillity of the Herb and Japanese Gardens.

Visit Norwich Cathedral here →

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Horsey Windpump

An iconic Norfolk Broads landmark, this National Trust property is undergoing restoration to reinstate the mill to its former glory.

Horsey Windpump is an iconic building with a fascinating past and the perfect gateway to experience the connection between man and nature. Standing sentinel over the mere, a climb to the top is rewarded with beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding countryside an opportunity not to be missed.

From guided ranger tours to wildlife discovery days and walks rich in wildlife – it is also close to Horsey Beach, a favourite spot for watching seal pups during the winter.

Visit Horsey Windpump here →

History & Heritage Visit Explore Fabulous Norfolk

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