Places To Go in North Norfolk
Southern Comfort - Mississippi Paddle Boat
The Southern Comfort is a double-deck paddle boat purpose built for the Broads with a capacity of 100 passengers for public trips or private hire. Our boat is a luxury river cruiser which runs regular trips from the beautiful village of Horning, along the River Bure through the village and out to Ranworth Broad and back, passing lovely old thatched houses, windmills and Norfolk reed beds. Throughout the trip there is an excellent commentary and continual pointing out of all the water birds around at the time. There is the ever present bustle of river traffic with cruisers, yachts and the occasional wherry.
The Banningham Crown
The Banningham Crown is a traditional 17th century timbered inn located in the quiet village of Banningham opposite the historic 14th century church and village green. The pub provides a traditional country pub atmosphere with the emphasis on good quality food, friendly staff and excellent customer service. Log fires and wood burners warm the pub during the Winter months and the sheltered patio and gardens provide a great place for dining al fresco during the Summer. Food is served 7 days a week at lunchtimes and evenings and is produced in house by Chefs using seasonal and local produce. This is complimented by great value wines from around the world and Real Ales.
Cromer Pier and Pavilion Theatre
Every Summer and Christmas season, at the end of North Norfolk’s iconic and historic Cromer Pier, is The Cromer Pier Show, a unique experience that can be enjoyed by all the family across all ages. With the Summer season Now in its 37th year, and Christmas in its 8th, The Cromer Pier Show brings you a diverse blend of great music from the charts of today to classical, breath taking West End ballads, specialty acts that make you gasp in amazement and lashings of comedy.
This National Trust property is steeped in history. In the 15th century, it was in the possession of Sir John Fastolf of Caister in Norfolk (1380–1459), who made a fortune in the Hundred Years' War, and whose coat of arms is still on display there. Later, the Hall was in the possession of the Boleyn family, and home to Sir Thomas Boleyn, created Earl of Wiltshire, and his wife, Elizabeth, between 1499 and 1505. It is widely disputed whether or not Anne Boleyn was also born here, there is a portrait and a statue of her in the Hall which claims she was but other records state the family had moved before her birth. Nevertheless many claim the house is haunted by her ghost and Blickling Hall recently received the title of 'Most Haunted House in Britain'.
The current building was built on top of the remains of the Boleyn property in 1616 during the reign of James I.
Blickling Hall is used as "Bono's house" in the series 2 episode of I'm Alan Partridge "I Know What Alan Did Last Summer". It is also used in the Charlene music video for "I've Never Been To Me".
Norwich Market (also known as Norwich Provision Market) is an outdoor market consisting of around 200 stalls in central Norwich, England. Founded in the latter part of the 11th century to supply Norman merchants and settlers moving to the area following the Norman Conquest of England, it replaced an earlier market a short distance away. It has been in operation on the present site for over 900 years. The paved area in front of the market, now known as Gentleman's Walk, was formerly reserved for smallholders selling from temporary stalls. Since 1938 the market square has been dominated by the Art Deco City Hall (centre) and the 15th-century Guildhall.
Norwich Castle is a medieval royal fortification which was founded in the aftermath of the Norman conquest of England when William the Conqueror (1066–1087) ordered its construction because he wished to have a fortified place in the important city of Norwich. It proved to be his only castle in East Anglia. It is one of the Norwich 12 heritage sites. The castle now houses the Norwich Castle Museum, which holds significant objects from the region, especially archaeological finds.
North Norfolk Railway
The North Norfolk Railway (NNR) – also known as the "Poppy Line" – is a heritage steam railway in Norfolk, England, running between the coastal town of Sheringham and Holt. It cuts through the countryside to the east of Weybourne with views of its windmill and passes through the well preserved country station which also houses a locomotive shed together with a carriage maintenance and restoration centre. The NNR operates both steam- and diesel-hauled services, and organises a programme of seasonal special events including two steam galas, a diesel gala, Santa's, "Day Out With Thomas" and an annual beer festival. A museum has been built at Holt to display artifacts from the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway. The station building at Holt was originally built at Stalham in 1883 and was moved, brick by brick in 2002, to be re-erected in its current location. This project was awarded second place in the 2006 railway buildings competition by the Heritage Railway Association of the UK. The signal box at the station, is over 100 years old and was restored on site. The full signalling system at Holt, with 14 signals as well as the box, was commissioned in 2009 – winning the HRA signalling award for that year. The box was formerly at Upper Portland Sidings in the East Midlands.
Norwich Cathedral is dedicated to the Holy and Undivided Trinity. It is the cathedral church for the Church of England Diocese of Norwich and is one of the Norwich 12 heritage sites The cathedral was begun in 1096 and constructed out of flint and mortar and faced with a cream-coloured Caen limestone. A Saxon settlement and two churches were demolished to make room for the buildings. The cathedral was completed in 1145 with the Norman tower still seen today topped with a wooden spire covered with lead. Several episodes of damage necessitated rebuilding of the east end and spire but since the final erection of the stone spire in 1480 there have been few fundamental alterations to the fabric. The large cloister has over 1,000 bosses including several hundred carved and ornately painted ones. The cathedral is on the lowest part of the Norwich river plain with Mousehold Heath, an area of scrubland, to the north. Norwich Cathedral has the second largest cloisters, only outsized by Salisbury Cathedral. The cathedral close is the largest in England and one of the largest in Europe and has more people living within it than any other close. The cathedral spire, measuring at 315 ft or 96 m, is the second tallest in England despite being partly rebuilt after being struck by lightning in 1169, just 23 months after its completion, which led to the building being set on fire. Measuring 461 ft or 140.5 m long and, with the transepts, 177 ft or 54 m wide at completion, Norwich Cathedral was the largest building in East Anglia.
Norwich M & S
This newly remodelled department store is a sight to behold and is second only to the M & S store in Marble Arch, London, in terms of real estate. The redesigned store now features a new layout across womenswear, menswear, homeware, food, lingerie and childrenswear - definitely worth a visit.
Norwich Theatre Royal
The Theatre Royal is the largest theatre in Norwich. It presents a large range of drama, dance, comedy, music and other entertainment. The theatre had a £10m refurbishment in 2007, designed by Tim Foster Architects. A traditional family pantomime is produced in-house annually for the Christmas season each year. In addition, it regularly attracts a host of top-class touring theatre productions including, most recently, One Man, Two Guvnors, Oliver!, Blood Brothers, Jekyll & Hyde, Dirty Dancing, The Woman in Black, the highly popular 25th anniversary production of Les Miserables and performances by the world-renowned all-male Shakespeare company "Propeller". The venue has been described by top comedian and Norwich panto performer Andre Vincent as "The West End of the East."
Jamie's Italian - Norwich
Situated in the Royal Arcade Jamie Oliver's Norwich restaurant offers a contemporary Italian cuisine experience rooted in the character of the building. The restaurant prides itself on producing fantastic food as well as providing great service.
The Muckleburgh Collection
This museum is located on the site of the World War 2 and post-war Weybourne Anti Aircraft Training Camp.
When Weybourne Camp closed, the site returned to private ownership and many buildings that were beyond repair were demolished. At the time of the museum's opening in 1988, the principal display consisted of 30 vehicles and a small room describing the camp history. The museum has expanded to include over 150 artillery pieces, tanks and other vehicles, most of which are in working order. The Muckleburgh Collection is home to The Suffolk and Norfolk Yeomanry collection, the North Norfolk Amateur Radio Group and numerous special displays. The vehicles, museum site, and its unspoilt 300 acres (1.2 km2) has been used for television films, documentaries and dramas. The museum offers rides in a military vehicle and hosts "tank driving" in a FV432. Among the 25 working tanks are Panzer P-68, Chieftain and Stuart M5A1, Soviet T-55 and Canadian-built Sherman tank.