Blakeney Point

Grey Seals on ShingleNature reserve situated on a 3 mile (5 km) long spit of shingle and sand, with sand dunes, mud flats and salt marshes, located along the north Norfolk coast. Native plants include thrift, sea lavender, sea asters and samphire. Seals can often be seen basking on the sandbanks. Other wildlife include bluethroats, turns, pied flycatchers, warblers, wheatears and whinchats. Can be accessed by ferry from Morston Quay or via a 4 mile (6.5 km) walk from Cley-next-the-Sea. Run by National Trust

Opening times: dawn to dusk Charge for Ferry
Location: Morston Quay, Quay Road, Morston, Norfolk, NR25 7BH - Tel: 01263 740241 - Website
Facilities: Parking (charged)

Bressingham Steam Museum & Gardens

Locomotive at BressinghamBressingham's 500 acres of gardens and woodlands provide an interesting setting for its miniature steam locomotive collection, including a steam Carousel. The narrow gauge rail tracks runs across the wooded valley of the River Waveney. The 20 acres of landscaped gardens contain thousands of varieties of alpines, trees, shrubs and perennials, providing all year round interest. The Dads Army Appreciation Society collection and the Norfolk fire museum are also located here.

Opening times: Apr~Sep, daily 10.30am to 5.30pm (4.30pm Mar & Oct) Admission Charge
Location: Bressingham, IP22 2AB - Tel: 01379 686900 - Website
Facilities: Parking, café, restaurant, shop, garden centre
Image Credit: Ian Russell (CC2)

The Broads

The BroadsThe Norfolk Broads, located to the north-east of Norwich, comprise over 30 man made lakes, linked by navigable channels. Together with several rivers and canals, the Broads provide some 200 miles of water dedicated to watersports, sailing, cruising and fishing. The essential nature of the Broads can only really be appreciated by boat. There are a wide range of boat hire operators located at the main centres of Wroxham, Horning and Potter Heigham.

Location: northeast Norfolk - Website

Caister Roman Site

The name Caister is Roman in origin and this coastal area was once an important Roman naval base. The partial excavated flint and brick remains of a defensive shore fort are still visible. The site is opened to the public and managed by English Heritage.

Run by English Heritage
Opening times: any reasonable time Free Entry
Location: Caister-on-Sea, NR30 5JS - Tel: 0870 333 1181 - Website
Facilities: Parking, café, shop

Grimes Graves

Grimes Graves is 35 acre field full of a unusual depressions near Thetford forest. The holes are not graves at all but are actually the partly filled-in shafts of ancient mines dug by Neolithic man around 5000 years ago. Excavated in 1870, they are claimed to be the world's oldest known mines and were dug to extract flint for the use in making Neolithic tools. One of the shafts is open to the public with several radiating galleries (Note: under 5s not allowed into the mine).
Run by English Heritage*

Opening times: Apr~Sep, daily 10am to 6pm; Oct, Thu-Mon 10am to 5pm Admission Charge*
Location: Thetford, IP26 5DE - Tel: 01842 810656 - Website
Facilities: Parking, shop

Thetford Forest

Thetford Forest

One of Britain's largest pine forests, also containing lime avenues and nature trails where woodlarks and nightingales can be heard. The main area for visitors is the Forestry Commission's High Lodge Visitor Centre, which provides access to 9 miles (14.5 km) of walking trails and over 30 miles (48 km) of cycle trails, plus a range of visitor facilities including a Go-Ape adventure area.

Opening times: weekdays: 9am to 5pm, weekends: 9am to 6pm Entrance Fee
Location: Near Brandon, IP27 0AF - Tel: 01842 815434 - Website
Facilities: Parking, café, toilets, shop, picnic areas, cycle hire and adventure play area.

Windmills

horsey windpumpA number of old restored windmills can be found across Norfolk. Mainly of 18th century origin, they were used for various means including grinding grain and pumping water from the low lying fenland areas to drain the land for agricultural use. One of the most picturesque of these old pumping mills can be found at Horsey (shown right), hear Hickling Broad.

One of the finest corn windmills, which is still in working order and also open to the public, can be found at Great Bircham. Regular tours are available of the inside of the mill and its machinery. The mill's tea room serves refreshments, home-made cakes and cream teas.

Opening times: Easter~Sep, 10am to 5pm Free Entry
Location: Great Bircham, PE31 6SJ - Tel: 01485 578393 - Website
Facilities: Parking, café, bakery shop


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