When you think of spending a short break in Norfolk, what comes to mind? Perhaps you think of Blakeney’s incredible wildlife reserves, the internationally renowned Cley Marshes and staying in one of Norfolk’s hotels overlooking the long stretch of North Norfolk’s coastal path. Indeed, Norfolk is highly visited for its idyllic, natural landscape and stunning seaside views but its pretty brick and flint villages are just as amazing and perfect for exploring and mooching around. If you’re visiting Norfolk, a visit to Holt – a wonderful Georgina market town should definitely be included on your list of must see places.
Holt has lots of interesting shops and nearby attractions that make it well worth spending a day exploring all it has to offer. There’s an extensive choice of speciality stores to shop around and some lovely parks to take a leisurely walk in. A labyrinth of small streets and lanes spreads from its main high street laden with some wonderful pubs, delis, galleries, cafes and boutiques to visit. The town is especially stunning during Christmas where it is turned into a wonderland of dreamy fairy lights and Christmas trees.
Visiting Norfolk this summer? Here are the top three spots to check out:
The Shell Museum
This museum which can be found in the small North Norfolk village of Glanford is filled with a large collection of shells, bird eggs, fossil displays, local archaeological discoveries and many other interesting items. Dating back to 1915, the museum has some wonderful architecture celebrating its heritage. Most of the people working there are volunteers so all the proceeds go to the upkeep of the museum.
Muckleburgh Military Collection
If you go wide-eyed at military memorabilia, your North Norfolk visit won’t be complete without a visit to this popular attraction. There’s a dazzling collection of war vehicles and depending on the time of the year, you can even arrange to go around the site in a tank. This attraction also features excellent café food and a picnic area (with a small children’s playground) with coastal views.
The historic 500 year-old castle is a remnant of Norfolk in the Middle Ages. It’s open to the public where you can delve into history and unearth it’s chequered past. It’s surrounded by an ancient moat and a lake now teeming with birdlife. You can often see swans, mallards, coots, moorhens, cygnets and even buzzards. It’s a nice place to drive out to from Holt in the early afternoon – the perfect pit-stop.
To get the most out of your trip to Norfolk, choose a location that offers convenient access to both Blakeney and Holt such as Cley-next-the-Sea. Hotels such as The George boast a magnificent view of the Cley Marshes and look out towards the Blakeney Freshes, making it a great place to relax after a day of sightseeing in and around Holt.
Source: Visit Fabulous Holt North Norfolk, Fabulousnorfolk.co.uk
Source: Top 5 Things To Do; Georgian Holt, Ournorfolk.org.uk
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