Historic houses to visit during your trip to North Norfolk

Posted 27/02/2018

Visiting a country estate is the perfect family day out during a holiday to North Norfolk. For history enthusiasts, it provides a fantastic glimpse into the past, while for those who like the outdoors the extensive grounds are perfect for walking and cycling. During warmer days there is also the opportunity for families to bring a picnic and enjoy a relaxing lunch; while many estates also run family-friendly activities throughout the year that are perfect for entertaining children.

In Norfolk our county’s wealthy past means that there we have a number of country estates open to the public that are perfect for a family day out. These are three of our favourites:

Holkham Hall

Just a short drive from Woodland Holiday Park is Holkham Hall. This beautiful country estate is still privately owned, but its grounds, which include the stunning Holkham Beach, are open to the public all year round. The Hall itself is an elegant 18th Century Palladian style house that is open to the public. Inside the house visitors can explore state rooms and discover the original furniture and tapestries, as well as paintings by a well known painters including Rubens and Van Dyck. Throughout the year Holkham Hall also hosts a number of family friendly events that are designed to appeal to children and offers a fun day out for the entire family. Holkham beach is a short walk from the house and is considered one of the best beaches in North Norfolk and is the perfect place for families to have a relaxing day by the sea.

Blickling Hall

Further inland and you will discover Blickling Estate, a National Trust property that dates back to 1616. The estate is rich in history and the house offers visitors a fascinating glimpse into the past. Away from the house the estates beautiful grounds are perfect for families to go for a walk and explore the area. Within the gardens the estates gardening team have created two secret tunnels, which enable children to find the animals of Blickling wood inside; as well as this the larger tunnel has tree stump seats that provide the perfect place to enjoy a family picnic. Further ways from the garden, families can explore Blickling’s woodland areas and maybe even catch a glimpse of one of its resident deer. Throughout the year Blickling Hall arranges family friendly events that are designed to appeal to the whole family and offer an entertaining and fun day out for families.

Felbrigg Hall

Considered one of the most elegant houses in the region, visitors to Felbrigg Hall, a National Trust property, are able to explore its many rooms that were designed to mix opulence with homeliness. Throughout the year Felbrigg Hall puts on many family friendly events that are designed to engage children and get them involved in all areas of this stunning house and grounds and which provides families with a unique and fun day out. Families can also explore the estate’s grounds and both young and old will enjoy discovering its tranquil lake and venturing into the Felbrigg Great Wood.

Our holiday park location on the North Norfolk coast means that all these country houses are within easy reach and are a great day out for our guests wanting to explore this interesting and culturally rich region.