Spennithorne Cottage, Norfolk

What to Do and See:
North Norfolk has something for everyone all year round. The coast is a Heritage Coast and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a chain of national nature reserves stretches all the way from Holme to Cley. There are several important bird reserves and many acres of woodland, parks and gardens open to the public.

Other attractions include sites of historical interest, craft centres and workshops, working farms, steam railways and a wide range of museums, galleries and collections.

Some places of interest within 25 miles:
Blickling Hall: 17th century Jacobean house open to the public. More information....
Blakeney: Small quayside. Once the fourth largest port in England. Boat trips to view the resident seal colony and thriving bird life of Blakeney Point. Gallery Picture....
The Brecks: Distinctive landscape of forest and heathland covering 370 square miles. Many facilities for walking and cycling. More information....
Brancaster: Magnificent beach administered by the National Trust. Scolt Head Island nature reserve is at the entrance to Brancaster harbour. More information....
Castle Acre: Castle earthworks and beautiful monastic ruins. Gallery Picture....
Castle Rising: One of the best preserved Norman castles in the country. More information....
Cley next the Sea: Once a prosperous port and with a famous windmill. The Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserve in Cley Marshes supports large numbers of wintering and migrating wildfowl and waders, as well as bittern, marsh harrier and bearded tit. More information....
Fakenham: Quiet market town with a good range of shops and a weekly market. The Race Course with several meetings each year is within walking distance of the town centre.
Godwick: Best preserved deserted medieval village in Norfolk. More information....
Golf Courses: Visiting players are welcome at Royal Norwich and Swaffham golf clubs.
Gressenhall: Excellent rural life museum in a former Georgian workhouse. Includes a traditional farm with rare breed animals. More information....
Grimes Graves: Britain's largest group of Neolithic flint mines. More information....
Holkham Hall: 18th century Palladian mansion, museum and Deer Park open to the public. More information....
Holkham National Nature Reserve: The largest coastal nature reserve in England stretching 12 miles between Burnham Norton and Blakeney.
Hunstanton: Victorian seaside resort with the only west facing beach in Norfolk.
Kings Lynn: Situated on the River Great Ouse. A historic medieval port dating back to the 12th century. Burnham Thorpe, north of King's Lynn, is the birthplace of England's most celebrated sailor, Admiral Lord Nelson. More information....
Mid Norfolk Railway, Dereham: Steam railway operational between Dereham and Wymondham. More information....
Norwich: Regional capital with a medieval centre as big as the City of London. Magnificent Norman cathedral and castle. Outstanding shopping facilities in modern precincts and medieval streets, lanes and alleys with their small speciality shops. The open air market, open 6 days a week is the largest in the country. Wide choice of cinema, theatre and family entertainment. More information....
North Elmham Cathedral: Remains of a Norman chapel surrounded by earthworks.
Peddars Way: Long distance footpath following an old Roman road. Starts at Knettishall Heath in Suffolk and ends at Cromer on the north Norfolk coast. More information....
Pensthorpe: Nature reserve and gardens. Home to BBC's "Springwatch". More information....
RSPB Reserves: Bird watching reserves at Snettisham and Titchwell. More information for Snettisham and Titchwell....
Sandringham Estate and Gardens: The Queen's country retreat in Norfolk. More information....
Swaffham: Elegant Georgian town with a fine market place. Features as Market Shipborough in the TV series "Kingdom".
Thetford Forest: Large area of pine, heath and broad leaved woodland. More information....
Thursford: Museum housing old road engines, mechanical organs and old-fashioned fairground rides. Live Wurlitzer shows. Home of the Thursford Christmas Spectacular variety show. More information....
Walsingham: Renowned centre of pilgrimage since medieval times with many monastic remains, timber framed buildings and Georgian architecture. More information....
Wells next the Sea: Small seaside town with attractive quayside and magnificent beach part of the Holkham nature reserve. Gallery Picture....

Other places of interest within easy reach:
Bury St Edmunds: 45 miles. One of the best preserved provincial towns in England with much interesting architecture. More information....
Cambridge: 65 miles. Internationally renowned university city. A blend of medieval, Tudor and Renaissance architecture. More information....
Cromer: 30 miles. Popular seaside town famous for its crabs.
Duxford: 65 miles. The Imperial War Museum at Duxford is Europe's premier aviation museum. More information....
Ely: 45 miles. Magnificent Norman cathedral. More information....
Norfolk Broads: 30 miles. The largest wetland in England. A unique network of rivers, lakes and drainage ditches. More information....
RSPB Reserve: 40 miles. Bird watching reserve at Minsmere. More information....
Sheringham: 28 miles. Busy resort at eastern end of the North Norfolk steam railway. More information....
Welney: 35 miles. The Wildlife and Wetland Trust reserve at Welney has a varied programme of events and activities for all ages. More information....


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