Things to do in Norfolk

We’re a bit out in the sticks, and that’s how we like it.

The renowned Norfolk coast, beautiful broads and quirky lanes of Norwich are all only a short distance away and woven throughout the farmland and countrylanes there are even more treasures to discover.

Here are some of the local recommendations:

Oxburgh Hall
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North Elmham Chapel
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Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse
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Mid-Norfolk Railway
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Dereham Windmill
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Bishop Bonner’s Cottage Museum
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Holt
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CASTLE ACRE PRIORY
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Pensthorpe
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THE GREEN Britain CENTRE
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LANGHAM GLASS
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WALSINGHAM ABBEY
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Blakeney National Nature Reserve
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Wells Next-The-Sea
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Fakenham Racecourse
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Wroxham Broads
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Blickling Estate, Aylsham
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HOUGHTON HALL
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Oxburgh Hall

Oxburgh typifies for many the fairy tale medieval moated castle.  It is a house of mystery with secret doors and a priest hole, and lavish 19th century interiors.  Take in the view of the estate from the roof, and enjoy a walk around 80 acres of woodland and gardens.  There are plenty of things to do for all the family, and regular events are held throughout the year.

North Elmham Chapel

A small Norman chapel, most notable for housing Henry Despenser who converted it into a Manor house in the 14th Century. Free to visit, it is a lovely setting to walk your dog and soak up the local history.

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

This museum offers up an unmissable slice of social history. Interact with characters in historic attire in the village shop or farmhouse kitchen. Very popular with families!

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Fakenham Rd, Gressenhall, NR20 4DR
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Mid-Norfolk Railway

Re-live the magic of the Golden Age of rail travel on this steam railway. Check the guide on their website for times and details of the engines that travel the lines!

Dereham Windmill

Explore a beautifully-restored windmill of the kind once typical to North-Norfolk.

Bishop Bonner’s Cottage Museum

This small museum is a local gem, showcasing interesting finds from the area. Keep an eye on their website for current exhibitions.

Holt

A charming Georgian town in North Norfolk. Beautiful market square with lots of interesting shops, not far from Blakeney if you’re planning a trip to the coast!

CASTLE ACRE PRIORY

Over 450 years old, these ruins are one of the best-preserved in Norfolk. There’s an interactive exhibition to find out more about how this impressive building was built and after you’ve marvelled at the architectural feat, you can continue to enjoy the view from one of their many picnic spots.

Pensthorpe

Spectacular gardens with nature trails throughout that are great for birdwatching or casual strolls. There’s a impressive children’s play area that goes down just as well as the scrummy cakes in the nearby café.

THE GREEN Britain CENTRE

Climb the wind turbine and see Norfolk from the viewing platform designed by the world-renowned architect Sir Norman Foster.

The Green Britain Centre, Turbine Way, Swaffham, PE37 7HT
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LANGHAM GLASS

Experience the history of glassblowing and even have a go yourself! Now located in the charming market town on Fakenham, the Langham Glass team craft everything from vases to trophies. Make sure you stop by the shop to see their finest handmade crystals.

WALSINGHAM ABBEY

With the ruins of the medieval Priory of our Lady, 18 acres of woodland, meadow and river walks, and an interesting small museum to explore, Walsingham Abbey is made all the more special in snowdrop season (late January-early March) when the ground is carpeted with white. The Abbey Grounds and Ruins, also an internationally important religious pilgrimage destination, are open year-round.

The Shirehall Museum, Common Place, Walsingham NR22 6BP
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Blakeney National Nature Reserve

The perfect spot to see incredible wildlife and undisturbed views of a heritage coastline. There is plenty for all the family to do at Blakeney. From crab fishing at the quay side to a long costal walk along the sea front. Not forgetting the ideal opportunity to see many of the seal pups that are bred here.

Wells Next-The-Sea

A beautiful North Norfolk town steeped in history, Wells Next-The-Sea has so many wonderful things to offer. Providing opportunities to sightsee, indulge in watersports, shop, build sandcastles and take country walks around estates such as Holkham Hall and Sandringham, Wells is truly a ‘fun for all’ village.

Fakenham Racecourse

A fantastically exciting day out for all ages. The Fakenham Racecourse is prides itself on welcoming all visitors, even children – to enjoy the casual, laid back atmosphere of the course before the thrill of the races begins. The course also has its own caravan site, perfect for chilled summer and winter breaks.

Wroxham Broads

The Broads are often considered a crucial sight-seeing destination when coming to North Norfolk, so what better way to see them than by cruising along in a boat? At Wroxham you will find the perfect location for a boat trip. Sail along on a guided tour, or at your own pace with a day-hire service, there is an option for everyone to enjoy.

Blickling Estate, Aylsham

If you want to take a slow, leisurely stroll in the summer or a brisk, crisp walk in the winter – Blickling is the place to be. With breath-taking views and acres of land, you can get lost in the estate for hours taking in all there is to see. With events on all year round, there is something for everyone to get involved in.

HOUGHTON HALL

Famously built for Britain’s first Prime Minister, Houghton estate encompasses a museum, deer park, a 13th Century church and a stunning walled garden. There’s plenty to immerse yourself in here and the regular art exhibitions provide another reason to return to this beautiful setting.