Perfect days out in Norfolk
PUBLISHED: 15:35 07 March 2016 | UPDATED: 15:48 07 March 2016
Here is our guide to thrilling days out in Norfolk. Perfect all year round, you can discover a different side to our county
The 900-year-old Norwich Cathedral is a grand building with a 315-foot spire that extends above Tombland in the city centre. Visitors can enjoy free guided tours that include the history and interesting nuances of the cathedral and there are often art exhibitions to peruse.
Time & Tide Museum
Discover Great Yarmouth’s beginnings as a fishing town set in an old herring curing building. The Time & Tide Museum is an award-winning museum centered around the history of Yarmouth that will spark your imagination. You can even visit the old smokehouse that still has the lingering scent of smoked fish.
Cromer Pier is an iconic tourist destination for visitors to Norfolk and locals alike. It is the home to the only remaining “end of the pier show” in Europe and hosts live music, theatre, and bi-annual concerts in the summer and winter. It is also a popular place for crab-fishing, for which Cromer is famous.
Norwich Castle, with more than 900 years of history, is one of the most popular destinations and it’s not hard to see why when you know what’s on offer. The museum has many fascinating exhibitions, you can tour the dungeons and enjoy the gruesome history, you can visit the contemporary art gallery that showcases some of the best art to be found in Norwich, there is an excellent gift shop and café and the views from outside the castle are stunning.
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts has an extensive permanent collection (including work by Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon among others) that you can wander around yourself or with the daily guided tour at 2.15pm. There are also fantastic special exhibitions year round that showcase all types of art spanning from ancient times all the way up to contemporary artists. You can really make a day out of it by enjoying the surroundings and stopping for lunch in the café.
The Plantation Garden
You’d be forgiven for missing this gem The Plantation Gardens in the heart of Norwich city because it is hidden away, tucked behind the Catholic cathedral. The garden itself is sunken and sheltered by vegetation which makes it a peaceful oasis in the heart of Norwich. With a fountain and plenty of flowers and wildlife, The Plantation Garden is wonderful all year round.
The RSPB protected Titchwell Marsh on the north Norfolk coast is the perfect place to spend an afternoon with the kids, watching birds fly overhead and insects flitting around the reeds. With beaches, marshes, lagoons and more, Titchwell Marsh will keep your attention for hours.
BeWILDerwood, near Wroxham, is not just for kids - adults can have a blast too and it’s no wonder that this woodland attraction is so popular. Take your children to BeWILDerwood will spark their imaginations and whet their curiosity while providing a day of fun and entertainment.
Part of the Norfolk Broads, Whitlingham Broad is a beautiful and peaceful spot located in Trowse, within walking distance of Norwich city centre. With plenty of watersports to get involved in, including kayaking and sailing, there is also a beautiful walk the whole way around the lake. Finish off your trip with a visit to the waterside café for tea and scones.
Thrigby Hall Wildlife Park
Surrounding Thrigby Hall, which was built in 1736, is Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens, home to many animals, including tigers which you can view from the treetops from the “tiger tree walk”, reptiles, primates and birds. A great day out for the whole family, and open year round.
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