Local History

History Within Norfolk

Norfolk is a county full of history. The old English ” North Folc” means land of the north people and also known as the East Angles.

Celtic Queens, Roman Empires, Saxons and the Vikings have all ruled to shape the county.

South of  Norwich are the remains of a Neolithic wooden henge, lay buried, and some of the earliest artefacts attributed to Prehistoric European man (2,500,000 to 3000 BCE) have also been discovered.

Towards the end of the Bronze Age (3000 to 600 BCE) North Norfolk was a major centre for the production of metalwork and from the late Iron Age (1200 to 500 BCE) the county was heavily farmed.

It is believed that Boudica’s Iceni tribe may have lived in the area of Thetford during the mid 1st century AD

Norwich Cathedral

The most complete Norman Cathedral in England with free entry and located within our fine City of Norwich



The Royal family’s country retreat where, you can walk around the 60 acre garden, have a look at the vehicle museum within the stables, visit Sandringham church and explore 600 acres of parkland.


Holkham hall and Estate

Holkham hall is owned by Earl Leicester and  is an 18th century Palladian House set within it’s own 25,000 acre estate nestled by the stunning Norfolk coast. You can also discover the field to fork experience telling the story of Holkham’s farming background. The house is surrounded by parkland and you can experience nature trails, cycle and boat hire on the lake. There is also a peaceful 18th century walled garden to enjoy with is being sympathetically restored. There is also a shop and café showcasing local artisans work and produce.


Oxborough Hall National Trust

The moated red brick house of Oxborough is home to the Beddingfield family since 1482.Oxbrough houses the tapestries of Mary Queen of Scots and the famous Bess of Hawick. The gardens are a mix of formal, wilderness, kitchen, orchard and herbaceous. You can also take an estate walk and explore the woods, river Gadder and out into open meadows.


Castle Acre Priory

This is one of the largest and best preserved Monastic sites in the England dating back as far 1090


Blickling Estate

The birth place of Anne Boleyn the Blickling estate is a  Jacobean House with ancient Yew hedges set within historical parkland and water meadows. The house is surrounded by formal gardens and with 4600 acres of parkland to explore.


Houghton Hall Walled garden and Sculpture Park

Houghton hall within the west of the country was built for Britain’s first prime minister Sir Robet Walople in 1720. It is now owned by the 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley and his family, descendants of Robert Wolpole. It is home to the famous white fallow deer, award winning walled garden, soldier museum, café and gift shop. A permanent sculpture exhibition is on display within the grounds and seasonal exhibitions from leading sculptors and artists are often housed.


Gressenhall Rural Life museum

Visit the Victorian workhouse set within  50 acres also a traditional farm with rare breeds and heavy horses.


Norwich Castle

Built by the Normans 900 years ago it is now a museum and art gallery. It houses artifacts from ancient Egypt, Celtic, Roman history and natural history. It houses galleries from Norwich school of painters, special exhibitions and modern art. It also houses Royal regiment displays.


RNLI Henry Blogg Museum

The museum tells the story of Henry Blogg “the Greatest lifeboatman of all time” together with his crew he risked his life to save 873 people from the sea.

The Rocket House, Cromer.