Historic Attractions in Norfolk - Country Cottages in Norfolk

Historic Breaks in Norfolk

If you are interested in the history, there are a number of attractions to look at within West Norfolk. Castle Rising, a small village holds the remains of a Norman castle and the local church has a beautiful Norman porch. The castle is known to have been where Queen Isabella of France was imprisoned by her son. The She Wolf of France was said to be mad and according to legends, her scream can be heard around the village during a full moon. The village itself holds a post office, tearoom and small shop, as well as a pub.

Sandringham Estate is only a short drive from Heacham, as The Queen's private estate is an attraction to many, the visitor centre is open daily throughout the year and has shops and restaurants. There is plenty to see on the estate, the house, gardens and museum open from 1st April until November, with so much to do and see it is an excellent day out to relax.

If historic stately homes interest you then Norfolk has many, Houghton Hall, near Kings Lynn, was residence to Great Britain's first Prime Minister, with magnificent interiors designed in the 18th Century. The Houghton Gardens received the "Garden of the Year Award" from Christies and the Historic Houses Association in recognition of the renovation of the 5-acre walled garden which began in 1991, there are a number of fountains and features to be admired within the grounds, a huge deer park, and there are often events throughout the summer months.

Holkham Hall is situated on the North of the Norfolk coastline, about 15 miles from Heacham, the 25,000 acre agricultural estate is still privately owned, the hall has plenty of historic features to be admired. A new exhibition at Holkham Hall, The Ostrich & The Crown, explores the links between the Coke Family and the monarchy. The Bygones Museum, housed in the stable block, exhibits a collection of domestic and agricultural memorabilia. You could combine a visit to Holkham Hall with a walk along the beautiful award winning Holkham beach.

Related Links

Creake Abbey - www.creakeabbey.co.uk
Houghton Hall - www.houghtonhall.com