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.
Things to do in Norfolk
Norfolk is less populated now than it was in the Middle Ages. That startling face says much about the appeal of this peaceful area for modern visitors. For the most part the county is uncrowded, and boasts an attractive mix of unspoilt and peaceful countryside and coast.
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 HallSee More
North Elmham ChapelSee More
Gressenhall Farm and WorkhouseSee More
Mid-Norfolk RailwaySee More
Dereham WindmillSee More
Bishop Bonner’s Cottage MuseumSee More
Raynham HallSee More
St George’s DistillerySee More
Thursford CollectionSee More
The City of NorwichSee More
North Norfolk’s Heritage CoastlineSee More
Sandringham EstateSee More
Roosting Hills Trout FisherySee More
CASTLE ACRE PRIORYSee More
LANGHAM GLASSSee More
WALSINGHAM ABBEYSee More
Blakeney National Nature ReserveSee More
Wells Next-The-SeaSee More
Fakenham RacesSee More
Wroxham BroadsSee More
Blickling EstateSee More
Titchwell MarshSee More
HOUGHTON HALLSee More
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.
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!
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!
Explore a beautifully-restored windmill of the kind once typical to North-Norfolk.
This small museum is a local gem, showcasing interesting finds from the area. Keep an eye on their website for current exhibitions.
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!
Raynham Hall is a glorious Grade I early 17th century house with Open Days and music recitals throughout the year. Check their website for details.
Take a tour at St George’s Distillery, home of The English Whisky Co. It is an award winning distillery producing single malt whisky and was the first English Whisky company to be built in over 100 years. Visit for tours of the distillery, pop into the shop or cafe 7 days a week.
Located in the beautiful county of Norfolk, the Thursford Collection is home to the world famous Christmas Spectacular, Santa’s Magical Journey and the world’s largest collection of steam engines and organs. They are also home to Thursford Garden Pavilion – one of Norfolk’s leading wedding and event venues.
Norwich is a wonderful fusion of the modern and historic, one complementing the other. Like any great city its centre is easy to walk around and has a river at its heart. As well as being the most complete medieval city in the UK, it has a flourishing arts, music and cultural scene, superb independent as well as High Street shopping, lively restaurants, bars and nightlife and a heritage that is a delight to explore.
Most people visit the North Norfolk Heritage Coast for the wonderful birdwatching that the area presents. The coast is one of salt-marshes and sand dunes backed by gentle chalkland away from the sea. Bird reserves at Titchwell and Cley (see below) are world famous.
Sandringham is the much-loved country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen, and has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs since 1862. The house, set in 24 hectares of stunning gardens, is perhaps the most famous stately home in Norfolk.
Fly fishing only (April to end of November). Day tickets available. Founded in 1983, Roosting Hills Fishery is under the auspices of the Salmon and Trout Association. Their two acre lakes are regularly stocked with Rainbow Trout and the occasional Brown Trout. Set within six acres and situated next to Beetley Common, it is an area abundant in wildlife and fauna; deer, barn owls, kingfishers, oystercatchers and the occasional buzzard.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
A fantastically exciting day out for all ages. Fakenham Racecourse 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.
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.
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.
Located on the north coast of Norfolk, between the villages of Titchwell and Thornham, Titchwell Marsh is blessed with diverse habitats that include reedbeds, saltmarsh and freshwater lagoons where avocets, bearded tits and marsh harriers nest.
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.