Historical Places

Sandringham  Sandringham is best known as the location of Sandringham House and its associated estate. This is a favoured holiday home ofQueen Elizabeth II and several of her predecessors. Near to Sandringham house is the Royal Stud, a stud farm that houses many of the royal horses. The village is also the birthplace of Lady Diana Spencer.

Sandringham Estate is the much-loved country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen, and has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs since 1862. The house, set in 24 hectares of stunning gardens, is perhaps the most famous stately home in Norfolk and is at the heart of the 8,000-hectare Sandringham Estate, 240 hectares of which make up the woodland and heath of the Country Park, open to the public free of charge every day of the year.  www.sandringhamestate.co.uk

"Dear old Sandringham, the place I love better than anywhere in the world." (King George V)

Holkham Hall is steeped in history with the perfect location, surrounded by acres of rolling parkland rich in wildlife and the nearby north norfolk coast with stunning beach.  www.holkham.co.uk/

Blicking Hall and Lake  Blickling has been at the heart of this north Norfolk community since the sixteenth century. One of the most imposing and complete country estates in Norfolk, it offers you a glimpse into the lives of those who lived and worked above and below stairs.

The estate is a treasure trove of romantic buildings, beautiful gardens, and landscaped park. See the stunning parterre created by socialite Norah Lindsay in the 1930s; or find peace and solitude in the orangery garden or woodland wildernesses. There is something for everyone at any time of the year.  www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blickling

Walshingham  Walsingham has been a place of pilgrimage for centuries, and has the Anglican Shrine - built to house the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham.  The Shrine Church is situated in beautiful grounds close to the centre of the medieval village of Little Walsingham. www.walsinghamanglican.org.uk and www.walsingham.org.uk

Castle Rising The Castle, at Castle Rising is one of the most famous 12th Century castles in England. The stone keep, built in around 1140 AD, is amongst the finest surviving examples of its kind anywhere in the country and, together with the massive surrounding earthworks, ensures that Rising is a castle of national importance.  www.castlerising.co.uk

Norwich, with its splendid buildings from the medieval period until the start of the Industrial Revolution was England's second city, enormously prosperous and culturally active. This has created a very rich legacy of heritage, with the city proudly boasting the largest intact medieval street pattern in Europe.

Places to visit include, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Dragon Hall, Strangers Hall, and Norwich Cathedral. Enjoy a cosmopolitan, buzzing and beautiful city with over 1500 historical buildings, an exciting arts scene and an excellent variety of resturants.  A top shopping destination, with the delights of Elm Hill with its beautifully preserved Tudor timber framed houses and medieval cobbled streets.  

Norwich offers a rare blend of historic interest and modern sophistication which will exceed the expectation of any visitor. Visit www.visitnorwich.co.uk or www.cathedral.org.uk