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Explore Houses, Halls and Castles
For a good day out, Norfolk’s grand houses — Blickling Hall, Sandringham Estate and Houghton Hall — are all less than half an hour away. All offer glorious architecture, fascinating history, and miles of gardens to wander at will. Check out their websites for events and activities.
Holkham Hall, the elegant 18th century Palladian mansion built by Thomas Coke, first Earl of Leicester, is just 15 minutes drive or a short bike ride from Walsingham. Set in a 3,000 acre deer park with a mile-long freshwater lake, there are many excellent walks, nature trails and cycle routes through the park. A strong programme of events runs through the year, including Holkham Country Fair in July.
Felbrigg, just outside Cromer, is a country house you can imagine yourself living in. The walled garden is a gardener’s delight and the 500 acre Great Wood offers magical walks for families.
Sheringham Park, created in 1812, is the most famous work of lanscape designer Humphry Repton. Bring the family and the dog, and walk for miles. Climb the two observation towers for unparalleled views along the coast.
Castle Acre, south on the A1065 towards Swaffham, boasts both a Norman castle and a priory. The ruins are immensely atmospheric and are much loved by children for imaginative play.