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Favourites to see and do around Norfolk

North Norfolk

Blakeney Point Seal Trips from Morston Quay

A seal trip to Blakeney Point from nearby Morston Quay is a must for any visitor to North Norfolk. Trips last just over one hour - a truly memorable experience. Tickets are sold in advance at Blakeney Quay. Check websites (Beans Boat Trips and Bishops Boats) for prices and more info.

NB - Remember to take some cash for the National Trust car park at Morston Quay.

Seals at Blakeney Point, Norfolk

Holkham Hall and Estate

The rolling sands of Holkham beach have been famously used in film and television and are a popular destination. There's a cark park with reasonable charges with immediate access to the beach.

Holkham BeachAway from the beach, the dunes and pine forest offer a labyrinth of walks. Near to the car park, The Victoria Inn offers a high class eating experience in true North Norfolk style.

www.holkham.co.uk

Pensthorpe, Fakenham

Nature reserve, gardens, wildlife and special events. Great for families. Host to BBC‘s Springwatch 2009.

www.pensthorpe.com

Holt

A charming town with a very historical (Georgian) feel to it and provides a very upmarket shopping experience.

Sheringham Railway Station

The North Norfolk Railway, North Norfolk

The North Norfolk Railway offers a 10½ mile round trip by steam train (vintage diesel trains on some journeys) through a beautiful area of North Norfolk designated as being of outstanding natural beauty. The railway connects Holt and Sheringham.

www.nnrailway.co.uk

Sheringham

A traditional seaside town with plenty of shops to look around.

Norwich

Never too far from most locations because of it's central location in Norfolk, Norwich is a beautiful and historic city offering an exceptional shopping experience. A day in Norwich during your holiday is highy recommended.

The city of Norwich - the Church of St Peter Mancroft and the Millennium Library pictured

Mid Norfolk

Blickling Hall & Park

Magnificent Jacobean house with gardens and park with lake.

Blickling Hall (near Aylsham), Norfolk

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

The Big Dinosaur Adventure, Lenwade

Offering a fun-packed day of thrills and spills for children of all ages, there's something for every member of the family. As well as confronting the dinosaurs, you can take part in a Scavenger Hunt, Track T-Rex, ride on the Raptor Racers, dig for fossils and follow the Dinosaur Trail.

www.dinosauradventure.co.uk

East Norfolk

The Broads (of course!)

The Broads is a fascinating area with a rich history, reflected in the many wonderful places to visit and the unique wildlife. There are restored windmills, medieval churches, beautiful gardens and great places for family visits. If you enjoy walking or cycling, there are lots of routes to choose from. Hiring a boat out is reasonably priced and makes for an exciting experience. Be sure to book ahead in peak times though.

www.broads-authority.gov.uk

The Norfolk Broads

East Ruston Old Vicarage (near Stalham)

Alan Gray and Graham Robeson have created a magical garden oasis in the east of Norfolk. Having bought the property in 1973, they have worked extremely hard to transform what was once a barren landscape of tufted grass into an absolute work of art. It's really quite difficult to believe they have accomplished so much in such a small time scale.

www.e-ruston-oldvicaragegardens.co.uk

East Ruston Old Vicarage

Their vision and stamina have truly ripened. This is a Norfolk gem. Allow plenty of time to explore. We also strongly recommend buying the guide. This contains a full colour map with a suggested walking route. You can then read about all the different parts of the garden when you get home.

Besides the obvious reasons for visiting a garden like this, it also provides limitless opportunities for photographers.

Or maybe, you just need to relax and unwind.

Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park, Corton (near Lowestoft)

Pleasurewood Hills is celebrating it's 25th birthday. I remember visiting when I was a teenager and being slightly disappointed. A more recent visit with my own children showed that they have come a long way since those early days. There are plenty of rides for every age and disposition, lots of green space and a reasonable cost for a full day of fun. A picnic is a great option. And to make it even easier, there's a Tesco supermarket right outside the entrance as you drive in.

www.pleasurewoodhills.com

Pleasurewood Hills

Fairhaven Gardens, South Walsham

The Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden comprises 53 hectares (131 acres) of beautiful ancient woodland, water gardens and a private broad at South Walsham in the heart of the Norfolk Broads.

This is another location which photographers will enjoy.

As with all other gardens, what you get to see depends heavily on the time of the year.

www.fairhavengarden.co.uk

Fairhaven Gardens

 

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