If you are interested in stately homes, there are plenty of beautiful halls and gardens in Norfolk for you to visit.
Sheringham Park (National Trust)
Sheringham Park is the nearest National Trust property. It is famous for its mature woodlands and vast collection of rhododendrons & azaleas. The park has a café and shop and often runs activities for children.
The park was designed by Humpry Repton circa 1812 and surrounds Sheringham Hall, which is privately owned. Humphry described Sheringham as his “favourite and darling child in Norfolk”.
If you are a runner, you may be aware of Parkrun. They are an organisation that establish timed 5km runs in pleasant parkland surroundings. Sheringham Park is host to the Sheringham Parkrun and, like all Parkrun’s, is on every Saturday starting at 9.00am. Registration and entry is free, though you will need to register online beforehand to get a time.
Felbrigg Hall (National Trust)
Further afield, heading from Sheringham towards Cromer on the A148 you will spot signs for Felbrigg Hall, which the National Trust claim is one of the finest country houses in East Anglia. Highlights include the walled garden and orangery and there is a tea room and gift shop. The house itself is well preserved and contains all its original furniture and an extensive art collection.
One of our favourite events Felbrigg Hall hosts is the annual Chilli Fiesta & Festival. You don’t have to be a fan of hot food to enjoy this; there is an amazing array of food to suit all tastes from local producers around the county and lots of free samples on offer to tempt the taste buds.
Blickling Hall (National Trust)
From Cromer, if you follow the A140 towards Aylsham, you will chance upon Blicking Hall. The property is a fine Jacobean mansion set in beautiful gardens with something to see all year round. This is one of our favourite National Trust properties in East Anglia. You cannot fail to be impressed as you stroll through the main entrance with its beautifully manicured lawn and yew hedges either side.
The estate is served by a restaurant and café and there is also a pub on the doorstep, The Buckinghamshire Arms, which serves traditional and modern dishes using fresh locally sourced ingredients.
Heading in the other direction from Sheringham to King’s Lynn on the A148, you will spot signposts for Sandringham. This is the Norfolk retreat of HM The Queen and well worth a visit. The house is set in 24 acres of gardens and the estate includes a museum, restaurant and gift shop.
The parish church of St. Mary Magdalene is within a short walking distance and is used regularly as a place of worship by the estate staff and royal family, when in residence. There are memorials to many members of the royal family in the church and churchyard.
There is a buggy shuttle from the entrance to the house & a tractor trailer tour of the country park for anyone who would find walking a distance a challenge.
The park is open daily with no entrance or parking fees.
A day trip for all ages…
The stately homes around Norfolk offer plenty of activities for all ages. We usually pick a nice day to visit and coincide it with a special event, such as an Easter Egg hunt. Our grandparents usually take the opportunity to potter around the gardens or enjoy a guided tour of the house whilst we are guided around the family activities by our children. We then regroup, find a shady spot, roll out the picnic blankets and have lunch, taking in the Norfolk countryside at its finest.