World Class Heritage
Norfolk has an outstanding heritage and history. Norwich Cathedral is iconic and known across the world, but the diocese also has nearly 650 churches, most of them medieval and including such gems as Wymondham Abbey and Booton (the majority of these Grade I or Grade II* listed buildings) – more than any other diocese in England.
Norwich Castle was built as a royal palace 900 years ago and hosts an excellent museum. There are also a variety of ancient ruins such as Castle Acre and Binham Priory. A wide range of heritage trails can be found at Norfolk Heritage Explorer.
Norfolk can boast some exceptional great houses – Holkham, Houghton and Blickling Halls are all world class. Felbrigg and Sheringham are set in beautiful grounds and parks. The Queen’s own house at Sandringham is also open to the public when she is not in residence.
The award winning Time & Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth celebrates the town’s remarkable maritime traditions. Whilst the Museum of Rural Life (a farm and workhouse) and The Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life both reflect Norfolk’s rural past. A whole range of museums can be found at Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service.
However Norfolk’s heritage can also be seen in a host of charming market towns such as Holt, Wymondham and Swaffham; it’s beautiful villages and world class countryside.