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Exterior of Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk


Discover Norfolk's stately homes and hidden gems

Perfect for afternoon wonders and family days out, there’s plenty of history and beauty to be discovered at our National Trust parks here in Norfolk.

These are some of our favourites:

Blickling Estate

Nestled within enchanting landscapes and sophisticated parkland, Blickling Hall is a must-see visit when staying with us here at The Ship Inn.

Whether you're crunching through leaves on those frosty autumn mornings, or enjoying the beautiful blossom in spring, Blickling Estate is the perfect place to visit with all the family; there's 4,600 acres to be explored!

Blicking is fantastic for getting stuck into the great outdoors. From running and fishing, to dog walking and cycling trails, you’ll be spoilt for choice as to how to spend your time at Blickling.

The top 3 walks suggested by Blickling are:

  • Blickling Estate Walk - a walk around the Blickling Estate parkland, visiting points of interest including the Tower, Brickyard and Mausoleum.
  • Blickling Mausoleum Walk - a gentle walk through the beautiful woodlands.
  • Multi-Use Trail Walk - a 4 mile, safe off-road path through Blickling’s historic park and farmland.

And when you’re all adventured out, there’s the Muddy Boots Cafe, The Bucks Arms and The Stables Cafe which all offer a range of hot and cold drinks, as well as light bites, sandwiches and cakes. Take your pick!

Felbrigg Hall (pictured)

A hidden gem in the Norfolk countryside with 520 acres of woodland. Explore the beautiful walled gardens, tranquil lake and soak up the incredible history of the Hall.

Felbrigg Estate is yours to get lost in. Being home to one of the largest collections within the National Trust, you’ll be sure to learn a thing or two about this wonderful attraction.

From its historic wallpaper to phenomenal paintings and Boulle furniture, you’ll be amongst some of the finest historic treasures. Enjoy some downtime in the Squire’s Pantry tea rooms, offering a wide selection of hot and cold drinks, as well as tasty treats and snacks from their seasonal menu. Why not treat yourself to a spot of retail therapy? Felbrigg has a quaint shop featuring gifts, home decor and a lovely range of lifestyle bits and bobs.

Sheringham Park

A gorgeous landscape park and woodland garden with miles of stunning coastal views. Perfect for family adventures, leisurely strolls with your four-legged friends, as well as soaking up the beautiful Wild Gardens’ vibrant blooms throughout the seasons.

Featuring a fantastic downloadable guide showcasing all the things your little ones can do before they’re 11 3/4, Sheringham promises to shape your little one into confident outdoor explorer. And for when you’re feeling peckish, The Courtyard Cafe is just a hop, skip and a jump away for light bites and refreshments.


Norfolk coastline and sand dunes

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Norfolk's coastline is officially recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, meaning that it is one of the UK's most cherished landscapes. The AONB covers 56 miles of coastline and includes Hunstanton, Wells-next-the-Sea, Blakeney, Sheringham, Cromer and Mundesley.

Seals on the beach at Blakeney Point in North Norfolk

Seal trips

The famous seal colony at Blakeney Point is made up of Common and Grey seals. There are around 500 seals pottering around the harbour, so you’re guaranteed to see some when you take a trip with Beans Seal Trips. Go in the summer months or late winter to see the pups!

Norfolk Broads with boats

Boats and bikes

From land to sea, are all manner of ways to explore the wonderful Norfolk countryside - boating and cycling are some just two of our favoruites. Join the Broads Tours for a spectacular river trip on board a double decker boat, hire a canoe, or gear yourself up to explore beautiful cycle paths.

Weybourne Beach in Norfolk with rainbow

Take the Discovery Trail

Calling all explorers, historians and treasure hunters... Explore 36km of incredible coastline on Norfolk's famous Discovery Trail! You'll be walking on landscapes which date back millions of years, where you'll discover an array of fossils and footprints from life which once inhabited Norfolk's stunning coastline.

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