African Violet Centre
Terrington St Clement. 01553 828374
Everything a gardener could need, from african violets, indoor and outdoor plants, trees and shrubs, log cabins and summer houses together with an extensive range of garden furniture. Have a cup of tea in the tea room.
Great Bircham, 01485 578393
Standing in the heart of Norfolk’s undulating fields, Bircham Windmill now looks as it did over 100 years ago. At that time over 300 mills ground corn for horse & cattle feed and bread-making in Norfolk.
FREE ENTRY to most of the site: The Bakery, Tea Rooms & Gallery, Garden, Animals, Sheep Milking. Admission charge for Windmill. Cycle Hire available.
Castle Acre Priory and Castle
Pye’s Lane, Castle Acre, Norfolk. 01760 755305
The delightful village of Castle Acre boasts an extraordinary wealth of history. The Castle was founded shortly after the Norman Conquest in 1066, and was the seat of William de Warenne.
The Priory dates from 1089 and was originally constructed within the walls of the castle. The Priory’s ruins are still in good condition and you can still see the great west front of the building and much of the footprint of the site.
Castle Rising, 01553 631330
One of the most famous 12th Century castles in England. Open most of the year.
Famous for being the residence of the displaced former queen, Isabella of France, after she murdered her husband Edward II.
Church Farm Rare Breeds Centre
Stow Bardolph, Just off A10 near Downham Market. 01366 382162
Meet the friendly farm animals including horses, pigs, sheep, goats, rabbits and more. Indoor and outdoor play areas. Tea room. Gift shop. For times and special events check website.
48 Chapel Road, Dersingham, PE31 6PN 01485 540761
The pottery was started in 1972 and alongside more sculptural and decorative work are lamp-bases, mugs, jugs, bowls, cheese and butter dishes.
Paintings and photographs also on view.
Eau Brink Cactus Nursery
Eau Brink Road, King’s Lynn. 01553 617635
Collection of cacti and succulents demonstrating how plants have evolved in different ways to survive in the arid conditions of deserts.
Sales area has a wide range of cacti and succulents.
North Brink Brewery, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE13 1LW. 01945 583160
Visitor centre with museum, and range of beers for sale.
Plus beautiful four-acre garden, famous for its maze and its trees.
Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History
Fakenham, Norfolk NR21 7NY. 01328 862388
The museum is housed in the town’s former gasworks, which ceased production of gas from the heating of coal in 1965 following the discovery of Natural Gas in the North Sea.
Fakenham, Norfolk NR21 7NY. 01328 862388
Friendly National Hunt Racecourse, situated in the picturesque countryside of North Norfolk.
Its racing season runs between October and May.
Tel: 01328 862388
Green Britain Centre
Behind Waitrose supermarket, Swaffham. 01760 726100
Discover the Green Britain Centre and change the way you think about technology and the environment.
Exhibition area, organic garden, heritage orchard, gift shop and the Orchard Cafe. You can also climb 213 feet to the top of the largest wind turbine ever built in the UK.
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse
Gressenhall, Dereham, NR20 4DR. 01362 869263
A truly unique museum. Visit its 50-acre site and discover the historic workhouse, museum of life on the land, traditional farm with rare breed animals and beautiful, unspoilt grounds.
50,000 weird and wonderful objects – from gypsy caravans to sheep bootees!
Houghton, King’s Lynn. 01485 528569
Historic House, built in 1720’s by Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole. Home to a herd of spectacular White Fallow Deer.
Park and Walled Gardens, Contemporary sculptures, Model Soldier Collection, Restaurant and Gift Shop.
“Sunny Hunny” is a popular holiday seaside resort, with a friendly family atmosphere.
Traditional coastal attractions, donkey rides, funfair, road train, sea buggy for trips up and down the coast. There is also a swimming pool, an indoor leisure centre, a theatre and Sealife Centre.
Langham Glass, Tattersett, near Fakenham. 01485 529111
Langham Glass welcomes many thousands of visitors every year who come to witness the ancient craft of glass making – a craft that has changed little in the past three hundred years.
Children can paint their own glass masterpiece and have their hands cast as a memento of their day. Adults can blow their own glass working alongside the glassmakers.
Factory shop and tearoom.
Marshland Maritime Museum
Clenchwarton, King’s Lynn. 01553 765530
Huge private collection of Royal Naval Memorabilia accumulated over 21 years by Mike and Jo Smith. Over 2,000 items on display.
To view, please phone to make an appointment. Free to visit.
Narborough Hall Gardens
Narborough, Norfolk. 01760 338827
One of Norfolk’s most beautiful and romantic private homes.
Set in the valley of the River Nar it is surrounded by ancient parkland, lakes and woods.
See website for opening times.
Caley Mill, Lynn Rd, Heacham. 01485 570384
England’s premier lavender farm offers a herb garden, tearoom, garden centre and gift shop.
Also lavender oil distillery, museum and rare breed animal centre.
Oxburgh Hall, Garden & Estate
Oxborough, King’s Lynn. 01366 328258.
National Trust property. A romantic 15th-century moated manor house, with magnificent gatehouse, chapel, attractive gardens & delightful woodland walks.
North Brink, Wisbech. 01945 583463
Elegant Georgian town house with wonderful walled garden. A classic Georgian merchant’s townhouse, it was lived in by the Peckover family for 150 years.
The gardens themselves are outstanding – complete with orangery, summerhouses, croquet lawn and rose garden with more than 60 species of rose.
Sandringham Estate, Near Dersingham. 01553 612908
The Queen’s country retreat, once described as “The most comfortable house in England”, is just off the A149 between King’s Lynn and Hunstanton.
The house, grounds and museum are open between April and October, apart from the end of July. Surrounding woodland walks are always open. The visitor centre/restaurant is open all year, except for Good Friday and Christmas Day. Enquiries: 01553 772675.
Main entrance at junction A148/B1157
Beautiful woodland walks disturbed only by birdsong. Climb the gazebo for an unforgettable coastal view. Hire a Tracker Pack and become a wildlife detective
Listen to the song of the skylark by the cliffs. Look out for white admiral butterflies in the summer Visit in the autumn for spectacular foliage.
Snettisham Nature Reserve
Beach Road, Snettisham
The RSPB’s Snettisham reserve is one of the UK’s best places for bird-watching: Pink-footed geese, waders, nesting gulls and terns.
Scarce plants such as the yellow-horned poppy etc
Snettisham, Norfolk. 01485 542425
A day in the country for townies …
A safari to a herd of deer, help bottle feed lambs, walk a farm trail, throw a clay pot, then relax in the Orchard Tea Room.
Newly opened Visitor Centre. Enjoy light refreshments on the terrace with views out over our magnificent cattle and sheep pastures.
Super for the kids.
Stow Hall Gardens
Stow Hall, Stow Bardolph, PE34 3HU. 01366 382162
Beautiful gardens open to the public every Wednesday throughout the Summer.
The gardens have been in place since the early 1800’s with designs on a grand scale including an enormous conservatory, a roseary, a great greenhouse and a pine stove (for pineapples).
Downham Market Road, Swaffham. (Just off A47 bypass.) 07816 469582
Stock car and banger racing.
Check website for events.
Titchwell, Norfolk 01485 210779
Situated on the stunning north Norfolk coast, Titchwell Marsh is one of the RSPB’s most visited reserves. Sandy beach, bird-filled reedbeds, lagoons and marshes.
The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
WWT Welney Wetland Centre, Hundred Foot Bank,
Welney, Nr. Wisbech.
This nature reserve, in the Ouse Washes north east of Welney village, is the winter home of thousands of swans and ducks from northern Europe and the Arctic.
Walpole Water Gardens
Chalk Road, Walpole St Peter, Wisbech. 07718 745935
Exotic water gardens with palms, bananas, bamboos, grasses etc. Black swans, ornamental ducks, koi carp, tea rooms, gallery.
River Road, Westacre, PE32 1UD. 01760 755800
Indoor and outdoor Summer Theatre, with productions most of the year.
Films, workshops, plays, jazz Sundays, quiz nights and many other events held throughout the year.
Tumbleyhill Road, West Acre, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE32 1UJ. Tel: 01760 755562
Set in a lovely old walled garden. This nursery is a treasure trove for plant lovers and the extensive display gardens have year round interest and beauty.