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Houghton Hall, Norfolk

Places to see in north Norfolk

Here are some of our favourite places to see in North Norfolk, from historical houses to wonderful wildlife and scenic gardens. They’re all within reach of Barsham Barns holiday barns. We’re sure you’ll find plenty of your own ideas as well…

Best Historic Houses in Norfolk

1. Blickling Hall

Blickling Hall, Norfolk

Blickling Hall, Norfolk

This is a magnificent Jacobean house with a garden and park. The Hall is famed for its long gallery, fine tapestries, paintings and rare books.

There’s parkland and lakeside walks plus a sunken garden to discover. Reputedly home to the headless ghost of Anne Boleyn! There are various events all year round and it’s open from April to October.
01263 738030
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blickling-estate/

2. Holkham Hall

Superb Palladian house and ancestral home of the Earls of Leicester. Set in acres of parkland Holkham Hall has cafes and shops and events all year round.
01328 710227
www.holkham.co.uk

3. Sandringham House

Sandringham is the country house of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. The main ground floor rooms are open to the public and house collections of porcelain, jade, furniture and family portraits. There’s a glorious 60-acre garden, garden folly, Queen Mary’s summerhouse, parterre, rock, alpine gardens, water and woodland.
01553 612908
www.sandringhamestate.co.uk

4. Oxburgh Hall

Oxburgh Hall is a moated and turreted Tudor house built in 1482. There are panoramic views from the top of the medieval gatehouse. Rich interiors, embroidery by Mary Queen of Scots and 16th century priest hole. It has 18 acres of French parterre, herbaceous borders, kitchen garden, orchard, woodland walks and wilderness area.
01366 328258
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/oxburgh-hall

5. Houghton Hall

Houghton Hall is an early 18th century house built for Sir Robert Walpole. It has 350 acres of rolling parkland, a collection of 20,000 model soldiers and militaria, heavy horses, gift shop and picnic area. There’s also a spectacular 5 acre walled garden, herbaceous borders, landscaped parkland, rose and sunken garden and parterre. Great art exhibitions several times a year.
01485 528569
www.houghtonhall.com

6. Felbrigg Hall

Felbrigg Hall has remarkable Stuart architecture and a fine Georgian interior. It has a prolific library and Grand Tour collection. Outside there’s a stunning walled garden, orangery and orchards. There are plenty of lakeside, parkland and woodland trails to explore. Events are held here throughout the year.
01263 837444
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/felbrigg-hall

7. Castle Rising Castle

If you’re looking for a real Castle then this 12th-century keep with magnificent earthworks is just what you need!
01553 631330
www.castlerising.co.uk

Cromer Museum, Norfolk

 

Our Favourite Norfolk attractions

1. Tales of the Old Gaol House

Experience an atmospheric visit to the old cells, hear tales of local witches, murderers and highwaymen or try out the stocks in the old market square.
Saturday Market Place, King’s Lynn
01553 774297

2. Bircham Windmill

Windmill museum, tearoom, gift shop, bakery, garden and play area. There’s also fresh bread for sale.
01485 578393
www.birchamwindmill.co.uk

3. Langham Glass Factory

Located in East Rudham, near Fakenham, you can watch glassmaking at the Langham Glass Factory and listen to glassmakers as they demonstrate their skill. There’s also a video, glass information area and marble-based games tables.
01485 529111
www.langhamglass.co.uk

4. Go Ape!

High wire forest adventure course in Thetford Forest with rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip slides. Trek from tree to tree through the forest canopy!
0870 458 9187
www.goape.co.uk

5. Iceni Village

The Iceni Village at Cockley Cley near Swaffham is a representation of a typical Iceni settlement of 2000 years ago. Walk through the gateway and experience the atmosphere of Iron Age Norfolk.
01760 724588

6. Cromer Museum

Cosy Victorian fisherman’s cottage with recreation of 19th century life in Cromer. It has a geology gallery of amazing fossils found in Norfolk, childrens’ workshops, natural history walks and Victorian Living History days.
01263 513543
www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk

 

Sheringham Park, Norfolk

Sheringham Park

Top Norfolk Gardens

1. African Violet and Garden Centre

Chelsea award winning nursery specialising in African violets, trees and shrubs with a café and visitor centre. Located in Terrington St Clement, near King’s Lynn.
01553 828376
www.africanvioletandgardencentre.com

2. Bressingham Gardens

Not far from Diss are these five gardens covering 15 acres with an arboretum, herbaceous borders, dell, scent and woodland gardens.
01379 686900
www.bressinghamgardens.co.uk

3. East Ruston Old Vicarage

This is a fantastic private garden 1.5 miles from the North Sea. It has a large variety, including exotic, Dutch, Californian and sunken designs.
01692 650432
www.e-ruston-oldvicaragegardens.co.uk

4. Mannington Hall Gardens

Located in Saxthorpe is this heritage rose garden surrounding a medieval moated manor.
01263 584175
www.manningtongardens.co.uk

5. Norfolk Herbs

Dillington, near Dereham
Countryside nursery and specialist growers of culinary, medicinal and aromatic herbs. Set in beautiful wooded valley renowned for wildlife.
01362 860812
www.norfolkherbs.co.uk

6. Norfolk Lavender

England’s premier lavender farm at Heacham also has herb and fragrant meadow gardens.
01485 570384
www.norfolk-lavender.co.uk

7. Priory Maze and Gardens

A rich variety of plants set in ten acres of natural beauty at Beeston Regis with hedge maze, herbs, roses, water, wildflower and woodland garden.
01263 822986
www.priorymazegardens.co.uk

8. Sheringham Park

Designed by Repton in 1812, Sheringham Park in Upper Sheringham has 20 hectares of specimen trees and rhododendrons, a garden folly, temple and landscaped parkland.
01263 820550
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sheringham-park

9. Walsingham Abbey

Tranquil river and woodland walks in Little Walsingham with a spectacular display of snowdrops in spring. Very close to the Barsham Barns holiday cottages in North Barsham.
01328 820259
www.walsinghamabbey.com

“We had such a nice time in Little Barsham – a home from home. This is our second visit (we were in Long Meadow last time) and really wished we could have stayed longer!”
“I’m trying to take a snapshot memory of all these beautiful views! It’s been such a relaxing, fun and inspiring place to stay – thank you! Big thanks to Eileen and David for looking after us so well – they are both so lovely.”
“Lovely short break – great weather and lovely base. Thank you for making it so welcoming.”
“Thank you! We absolutely had a fabulous time. It was just what we needed for the last weekend of the summer before school and all that it entails. And all the recommendations provided in your email and information binder were terrific.” – David Kirkpatrick, August 2019
“Just wanted to say how much my family enjoyed our stay at Barsham Barns. It truly is a wonderful place to stay. We all had a very good time and it was just perfect. Thank you."
Pete Mulvey & guests, May 2019
“Amazing accommodation – we wish we were here longer! Great evenings in the front garden – we love the planting and the table! Will definitely return one day.”
“I really write with a smile on my face from this weekend. Whether you want to walk/relax/bike or bring in entertainers, this barn is perfect for people who appreciate quality and great taste… thank you Barsham Barns, I am sure we will see you again!!”
“Thank you for a truly wonderful weekend. Not a single complaint to make! I’ll certainly recommend these beautiful barns to friends.”
“What a lovely place to arrive! Positive film star stairs and sofas, and the dining table is a joy, really big enough for 14. We had some good coastal walks, long happy meals round said table and a lot of sitting around! Thanks for an excellent venue.”
“It was such a beautiful time – complemented by incredible architecture, luxury, company, views and all went smoothly. Will most definitely be back!”
“We had an amazing stay, you have lovely accommodation and we will be revisiting.” – Debbie Miles, August 2019
“We all loved the barns and their setting – especially the space, design and comfort of the interiors.”
“Lovely time, super location. Really good house for children. Spa great for the girls.”
“Thank you! We absolutely had a fabulous time. It was just what we needed for the last weekend of the summer before school and all that it entails. And all the recommendations provided in your email and information binder were terrific.” – David Kirkpatrick, August 2019
“We have loved every minute of our stay here – this barn accommodation is so pleasing in every way; light, modern and incredibly well-equipped, but we also love its seclusion, the ducks, and views over the fields.”
“Our third visit to Long Meadow and fifth overall to Barsham Barns. I’m sure we will be back. The children love it and so do we!”
“We had a great time thank you. The barns are lovely and perfect for what we needed. Also Kelby was lovely and our BBQ was gorgeous!” – Emma Rogers, September 2019
“Amazing location for exploring the stunning north Norfolk coast line. Stylish and comfortable living space and dining area both inside and out. Well equipped kitchen to make the most of all the local produce. Comfy beds and relaxing environment make it a restful retreat and the steam room and spa pool add an extra dimension.” – Dionne, Airbnb June 2019
“Just a short note to say a big thank you for our stay over the weekend, we had a fantastic time. The barn more than lived up to our expectations and we really enjoyed ourselves.”
Nick Dakin & guests, April 2019
“We had a lovely time, thank you for your warm hospitality.” – Karina Ajayi, August 2019
“What a fabulous place! There isn’t a single detail that hasn’t been thought of here. My family and I have had a wonderful four days at this wonderful barn. We cannot wait to return and see more of the unspoilt surroundings. Thank you to Susan the housekeeper for presenting Long Meadow to us in such a welcoming way.”
“We stayed at the Great East Barn for a wonderful long weekend. It was the perfect location for hen do activities – yoga class in the garden, BBQs and al fresco dining and lots of space for dancing, sunbathing & garden games. The rooms are beautiful, and architecturally the barn is stunning. It’s a great place for a get together with a large group as lots of social communal areas but lovely rooms for people to have their ‘own space’. It’s also a great location with Wells beach down the road.”
Laura, June 2019
“I just want to thank you for providing a truly luxurious base for our first trip to Norfolk. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, exploring the amazing beaches and towns, before coming back to relax at the barn.” – Farida Hussein, August 2019
“We have found our accommodation to be quite superb.  It’s beautifully situated and and really peaceful. We have really enjoyed this wonderful weather, and have been so lucky. Today we visited Binham Priory, had a picnic on Weybourne beach, visited Holt, and then went back to Cley to pick up the fresh crab for supper and some smoked fish to take back home.” – Carol Crotty, September 2019
“Twelve of us stayed in High Barsham and had sunshine from the morning we arrived. Sipping wine in the garden on the first evening felt like we were in the South of France! The barn was really fantastic and after a day on hired bikes and at the beach to come home to the spa was perfect. So much space and light and your interior was perfect for the occasion. We highly recommend Kelby the chef who cooked up a fantastic BBQ and we were pampered by Jacqui and Emma… the back massage comes highly recommended!”
“This place has restored our faith in self catering in Britain. What a beautiful, well equipped and comfortable barn. The swallows have been a pleasure to babysit and it was a real treat to see all the sheep being sheared in the opposite field. We hope to be back.”
“Such a beautiful location, spacious clean and might I add Warm! I’ve never valued underfloor heating so much in my life. great for large groups looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.” – Valerie Erere, June 2019
“What an amazing space you’ve created! We’ve had a wonderful weekend and all appreciated the space and facilities. We hope to return. Many thanks.”
“We’ve had a fab time in this lovely barn. The children have loved the upstairs den. The swallows, house martins and barn owls have kept us all entertained. Been so lucky with the weather!”
“Thank you for a wonderful property and location for our Mum’s 70th birthday celebrations! Everything was wonderful and everyone had a lovely weekend. Thank you!”
Natalie & family, May 2019
“Amazing house, brilliant fun had by all. Really well equipped and lovely décor. Thank you for a memorable weekend. I would highly recommend to friends.”
“Long Meadow is the most stunning barn. The rooms are beautiful and the amenities and surroundings are fantastic. 6 of us stayed here this weekend (5th-8th July) as we did the Holkham 70.3 triathlon. It was a fab location, the barn is very spacious and homely, and there are loads of pubs nearby, as well as the coast. The hot tub and spa are amazing and great that you can book each day. We were welcomed with cake, and there are nesting swallows too! A real countryside reTREAT!! Thank you Jenny and Michelle.” – Katie Ewhurst, July 2019
“Beautiful barn, very clean and great facilities. Lots of little touches. Very peaceful location and close to beaches. Would recommend for a family stay!” – Tom, Airbnb August 2019
“Wonderful stay! Home from home for us with a 2 year old and 8 week old baby but a change of scene did us the world of good. Great location and fabulous barns! We will certainly be back with a bigger crowd to use another gorgeous barn! Thank you.”
“The most happy and peaceful few days imaginable. Thank you very much.”
“Amazing location for exploring the stunning north Norfolk coast line. Stylish and comfortable living space and dining area both inside and out. Well equipped kitchen to make the most of all the local produce. Comfy beds and relaxing environment make it a restful retreat and the steam room and spa pool add an extra dimension.”
Dionne, June 2019
“Beautiful barn, very clean and great facilities. Lots of little touches. Very peaceful location and close to beaches. Would recommend for a family stay!”
Tom, August 2019
“Amazing place and fab venue. We would love to stay and never leave. Beautiful surroundings have made our weekend extra special. You have also given me some ideas for home décor! We’ll be back.”
“Lovely surroundings, luxury barns, good company, fine food and wine. Laughed so much it brought a tear two to our eyes. A big thank you to the High Barsham team.”
“The barn was everything we had looked for and a little more. The kids loved the spa, my wife loved the lavender garden and I loved the very comfortable settees. The design of the barn was inspiring; we kept looking at things and making mental notes for our new house. Overall 10/10!”
“Fantastic week and stunning weather given the time of year. Excellent barn and the perfect place for a relaxing week with a 9 month old! Thanks for making us feel so welcome and rested.”
“A beautiful barn property in the middle of the countryside. This barn is furnished to a high standard and with everything you could possibly need, including a number of extra facilities available on site- spa room and games room.”
Sue, June 2019
“Thank you! We had a wonderful visit and loved the area and accommodation” – Jill Regan, August 2019
“A lovely weekend – a very sympathetic and impressive conversion. We enjoyed ourselves enormously – the beaches at Wells and Holkham were lovely and the weather was kind.”
“Thank you again for everything, we had a wonderful stay, we would definitely highly recommend the barns. It was actually our first holiday as a family of three and it was perfect!” – Chloe Ireland, September 19
“We had a really fabulous holiday – everything in the barns was so thoughtfully considered it made for a thoroughly comfortable and relaxing holiday. We particularly loved the spa room which has spoilt the kids for any future holiday!” – Benita Shepperson, October 2019
“I just wanted to drop you a line to say how much we all enjoyed our stay at High Barsham from Thursday to Sunday. What a fantastic place, beautifully done! Thank you. Everything we needed was there and we all had a wonderful time together as a big family celebrating my husband’s birthday. Even the weather was good!” – Debra Brown & family June 2019
“My three year old boy woke up this morning and said “Mummy I love this house. Can we buy it and stay here forever?” It is true – I couldn’t agree more. It is a most tastefully converted barn with a wealth of charm and character. A really relaxing stay has been had by all and we are already planning our return.”
“We had a great time thank you. The barns are lovely and perfect for what we needed. Also Kelby was lovely and our BBQ was gorgeous!” – Emma Rogers, September 2019

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