5 historical places to visit in North Norfolk
7th February 2017
North Norfolk is a county rich in history. From Royal retreats to famous war heroes, Norfolk has played a huge role in English history. Much of that history has become embedded into our region’s landscape and, as such, visitors to North Norfolk are spoilt for choice when wanting to indulge in a bit of English history.
While there are so many historical places to visit in North Norfolk, here we’ve rounded up our 5 favourites.
Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, a 19th Century naval war hero, was not only born and raised in Norfolk but also spent much of his land career in the county. Nelson’s birthplace, Burnham Thorpe, is a small village in North Norfolk easily reachable from Woodland Holiday Park. In this village Nelson’s local pub is still standing, while you can also visit the church where his father was rector. Throughout Norfolk there are many buildings that Nelson visited or lived in, while there are also a number of museums dedicated to this English war hero.
Easily reachable from Woodland Holiday Park by car, Sandringham Estate is the Royal residence in Norfolk – you might have heard it mentioned in connection with a famous young married Royal couple and their children! Sandringham House is open to the public and allows visitors to roam through rooms that have been home to 4 generations of the Royal family. As well as the house, visitors can also explore the grounds and gardens of the estate.
Holkham Hall and Estate is a private 18th Century country house that is home to the 8th Earl of Leicester. The Holkham Estate includes Holkham beach, one of the largest and most attractive beaches in North Norfolk, where families, friends and couples can enjoy walking along miles of sandy beach. The Hall itself is an imposing building that is open to the public and which is home to a large collection of antiques and art work. Surrounding the Hall are extensive grounds that are free for the public to explore.
While Cromer itself is a wonderful traditional English seaside town to explore, Cromer Pier is what makes this town stand out. Cromer Pier is an unspoilt Victorian pier that is 116 years old and still enjoyed by visitors from across Britain and beyond. Visitors to the pier can stroll along the walkway and take in the sea air, while also enjoy a drink in the Pavilion Bar or a meal in the Tides Restaurant. What’s more, Cromer is just a short distance from Woodland Holiday Park and easily reachable by car or bus.
For a glimpse into a traditional English fishing village and port a trip to Wells-next-the-Sea is a must. Wells-next-the-Sea has a long history as an important port in the region, which only died out when the growing rail network reached North Norfolk. Today the port is still used by fishermen who can be seen bringing in their catches in the late afternoon. Visitors walking around the port and the town can easily get a sense of traditional England, with narrow streets, old alleys and unique shops to discover.
These are our favourite historical places to explore in North Norfolk, but why not book your holiday with us and discover your own?