• John Oyston

The North Norfolk Coast has a Host of Hidden Treasures

The North Norfolk Coast has a host of hidden treasures. Traditional seaside resorts like Cromer, Sheringham and Hunstanton are ideal bases for touring the area, and the historic city of Norwich and the Norfolk Broads are both in easy reach.

The area is home to a range of intriguing places ranging from The Shrines of Our Lady at Walsingham to The small Shell Museum and ford at Glandford.

Some of the best known and most popular attractions are:

Sandringham House – The Queen’s Norfolk Home

Sandringham House is the Queen’s private residence, near

Hunstanton and Kings Lynn. The house is open to the public during the summer months and visitors can also tour the gardens, see Royal gifts on display in the museum or visit the church where the Queen worships every Christmas morning.

Outside the house and gardens, over 600 acres of the Queen’s private land form the Sandringham Country Park. The Park is open to the public daily with waymarked nature trails and woodland paths to explore.

Holkham Hall – The Home of the Earl of Leicester

Holkham Hall is the ancestral home of the Earl of Leicester, the hall is open between April and October on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays. The Hall is a magnificent example of 18th century Palladian architecture and visitors have the opportunity to see The Marble Hall, The Statue Gallery, The Library, The Chapel and much more.

The grounds are open to the public daily between April and October, attractions include The Bygones Museum, History of Farming Exhibition, Walled Garden and Lake Cruise.

Nearby, Holkham beach is regarded as one of the finest beaches in Norfolk. The beach is a vast expanse of unspoilt golden sand that seems to stretch on forever.

The Thursford Collection – Fairground Rides and Organs

The Thursford Collection is a unique collection of restored steam engines. The museum houses organs, traction engines, steam rollers, steam tractors and fairground rides. Visitors can listen to music from a 1910 Wurlitzer organ or experience a 19th-century fairground ride on an 1896 Savages Carousel Roundabout.

Take a Steam Train Ride on The North Norfolk Railway

The North Norfolk Railway runs for just over 5 miles from Sheringham to Weybourne and Holt. The service is on a standard gauge track and trains are either steam-hauled or vintage diesel. Services can be joined at Sheringham, Holt or Weybourne. There is pay and display parking at Sheringham and free parking at Holt and Weybourne.

Sheringham station is a minute’s walk from the terminus station of the Norwich – Cromer – Sheringham line. After riding on the train, visit the museum at Holt station, or signal box and children’s activity carriage at Sheringham.


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