Historic Places in Norfolk

An abundance of Historic places to visit all within easy reach of the hotel.

Ely Cathedral

Ely Cathedral dates back to Saxon times although the present building was built in 11th Century and became a cathedral in 1109. It is steeped in history and a spectacular building well worth a visit on your way up or back from the hotel.

Sandringham Estate

Just a few miles from the hotel is the Sandringham Estate. The splendid house was built by King Edward Vll and Queen Alexander in 1870, the then Prince and Princess of Wales. It has been passed down through the monarchy and is a much loved country retreat of Her Majesty. There is plenty to do and see. The surrounding country park is open to the public everyday free of charge. The house, museum and gardens are generally open 1st April to 4th November (apart from a few dates, so please check) and well worth a visit, charges vary on different tickets.

Houghton Hall

The gardens at Houghton Hall are beautiful. In 1991 a renovation programme began on the 5 acres of walled garden. The gardens which comprise mainly of a series of ornamental gardens but there is an area still dedicated to the original kitchen garden has recently won an award by Christies. The Hall is definitely worth a look around too, former home of Robert Walpole, Prime Minister who died in 1745. It is advisable to check when the Hall is open.

Holkham Hall

The splendid Palladian style mansion of Holkham Hall was built by Thomas Coke, the first Earl of Leicester between 1734 and 1764, but unfortunately he died before his dream could be realized. Stunning architecture, elaborate art and ornaments grace the Hall. Viscount Coke and his family still live there today but open it up to the public during the summer months. There is plenty to do around the estate, including some breathtaking walks to enjoy the deer and wildlife.

Oxburgh Hall

The National Trust property of Oxburgh Hall  is a romantic, moated manor house.Built by the Bedingfeld family in the 15th century, they have lived here ever since. The family’s Catholic history is revealed. There is an astonishing display of needlework by Mary, Queen of Scots, and the private chapel, built with reclaimed materials. Panoramic views from the gatehouse roof and woodcarving trails through the gardens and woodlands, well worth a visit.

Castle Rising

Castle Rising is a famous 12th Century castle. The stone keep, built around 1140 AD, is amongst the finest surviving examples of its kind anywhere in the country. In its time Castle Rising has served as a hunting lodge, royal residence and for a brief time in the 18th century even housed a mental patient.

The most famous period in its history was when it came to the mother of Edward III, Queen Isabella, following her part in the murder of her husband Edward II.