Georgian Holt in Norfolk is a busy market town that looks as though a page has been ripped out of an English history book. It has that alluring historic charm that attracts artists, photographers, and lovers of vintage from all over the UK. If you’re looking for an interesting place on your short break (or longer holiday) well away from the stressful hustle and bustle of city life, this nostalgic market town just might be the perfect place to visit. Before you make your plans to explore the streets of its colourful and distinct Georgian buildings, be sure to book your stay at an excellent hotel near Holt like The George Hotel at Cley.
Travel the Old Fashioned Way
Holt is the ideal place to explore on foot. It’s easy to get to know the town as you stroll through the quaint streets, popping in and out of any shops that might spark an interest. You are sure to find something interesting! You can also hop aboard the Poppy Line, North Norfolk’s heritage steam railway that runs from Holt inland to Sheringham on the coast. The North Norfolk Railway as it’s known although many people prefer to call it The Poppy Line offers vintage carriages and Victorian stations along the route to set the mood. On board, you’ll travel through the Norfolk countryside in style, gazing at beautiful fields (look out for the Poppies in June & July) and the stunning views of the Norfolk coastline.
Explore the Georgian Town
The town of Holt has an interesting history. It had to be rebuilt in the aftermath of the great fire in 1708. What came of it is the wonderful Georgian character that it is seen everywhere today. Whether you are looking to mooch around the shops, enjoy a coffee and cake in one of the nearby eateries and take in one of the popular events going on in the town you will be spoilt for choice. Don’t miss The Holt Society’s iconic pineapple-topped obelisk emblem on the High Street, and enjoy the greenery and a picnic lunch at The Methodist Chapel Gardens. Tucked away and somewhat of a hidden spot is Spout Hills where you can enjoy seeing the marsh orchids in a network of streams and ponds.
Holt’s high street also features a string of galleries, pubs, specialist food stores, and several antique shops for your browsing and shopping pleasure. You just have to find them — and that’s more than half the fun.
Shop for Various Vintage Items
What’s a holiday if you don’t shop for souvenirs? Check out the famous Richard Scott Antiques on High Street for quality china, and some fancy fine art at The Red Dot Gallery.
Georgian Holt is an ideal place to visit for peaceful strolls, pleasant sightseeing, and overall, an awesome cultural holiday experience. Hotels near Holt like The George Hotel in Cley next the Sea, are your best options for a truly comfortable and pleasant stay located just a stones throw away.
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