There’s an endless list of places to visit in North Norfolk, all within easy reach of The Lodge. Here are some of our favourite spots to head to for a great day out.
It’s easy to get around thanks to our local Coasthopper bus service which travels from King’s Lynn to Cromer daily – here’s our guide to some unmissable stops.
King’s Lynn is a port town – once the third largest in England –located on the River Great Ouse, and has a fantastic Hanseatic history which is captured in an array of Medieval buildings. Visit the Tourist Information Centre which is located in Custom House, built by Henry Bell in 1683, and nearby is a statue of Captain George Vancouver who pioneered North America’s Pacific Coast – the Canadian city is named after him. Many of the historic buildings and wharves have been transformed into cafés and restaurants which are great places to stop and enjoy a break. Don’t miss the town’s two Guildhalls, and pay a visit to True’s Yard on the edge of town which tells the unique story of King’s Lynn’s North End fishing community.
Celebrated in a Disney movie, the native American Pocahontas was married to explorer John Rolfe, who originated from Heacham, and so the village’s sign includes a portrait of her and an amateur dramatic group, The Pocahontas Players, is named after her. The village is also home to Norfolk Lavender which exports the plant’s precious oil and many products around the world. Pay a visit and spend a day touring the distillery and grounds which include a restaurant, shops and children’s play areas.
Famous for its multi-coloured fossil-filled cliffs and fantastic sunsets (hence the nickname, ‘Sunny Hunny’), Hunstanton was created by local landowner Henry Styleman Le Strange in 1846 as a holiday destination and was well-serviced by a railway line until 1969. Today the holidaymakers still come, now by road, and you’ll find traditional seaside entertainments including amusements, a funfair and a sandy beach.
If you are enjoying a stay at The Lodge, you don’t need to go far for a fantastic day at the beach which is just 500yards from our door. With soft sand dunes it’s perfect for a day of downtime or a bracing walk, depending on the time of year. We’re also a short distance from the award-winning Links Hunstanton Golf Course which is a favourite place to play for many of our guests. Of course whether you’ve unwound on the beach or perfected your swing on the green, we’re ready and waiting with a refreshing drink and bite to eat when you return to us.
Home to the RSPB nature reserve and our sister hotel, Briarfields, don’t miss a day exploring this location which shows the natural beauty of North Norfolk’s coastline. Walk the boardwalks and spot plenty of wildlife, including a variety of bird species from the many hides. Children can fish the shallow lagoons. Talks take place throughout the year, so visit www.rspb.org.uk to see what’s on. Don’t forget to pop in for a re-energising drink and something to eat at Briarfields once you’re done.
You could easily spend a week exploring the Holkham Estate with its beautiful Palladian house, extensive grounds and lake which are fun to walk or cycle, plus an idyllic beach which has appeared in numerous Hollywood epics. Holkham is also a family home and working farm, so there is nothing stuffy about this historic house and its grounds which continue to evolve each year.
Enjoying something of a renaissance, Wells is a bustling town with a busy quay where crabbing is a regular family pastime, often followed by fish and chips from the award-winning French’s. The high street houses a mix of traditional shops and boutiques which make enjoyable wandering. Enjoy a pint in one of the town’s pubs – there were once more than 400, although thankfully there are fewer today!
Nearby, Blakeney sits within the designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is the perfect spot to enjoy outdoor activities such as crabbing, fishing, canoeing and birdwatching, particularly in the National Trust-owned marshland of Blakeney Point. It’s easy to enjoy simple pleasures reminiscent of holidays of yesteryear.
Famous for its steam railway, the Poppy Line, which still shuttles between the town and nearby Holt, Sheringham is also home to the thriving Sheringham Little Theatre which attracts big name actors to its summer repertory season and pantomimes. A pretty town, there’s much to entertain you and your family.
Famous for its tasty crabs, Victorian pier and pebble beach, Cromer dishes up traditional seaside pleasures daily. Skim some stones, watch the waves crash on the beach and enjoy the amusements – then dine on the sea’s finest dish!
A tour of a stately home is a fantastic insight into how the aristocracy once lived, and still continue to do so! Norfolk boasts many fabulous houses to explore, so enjoy a grand day out.
Built in 1870 by King Edward VII, Sandringham House is the country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. Open to the public, alongside a fabulous museum of Royal vehicles, ceramics, arts and crafts. A short drive from The Lodge, return to us to for a meal fit for royalty!
Built in the 1720s for Great Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, Houghton Hall is a stunning Palladian house. As grand today as they were then, tour the State Rooms feature painted ceilings and suites of carved and gilded furniture. The estate also showcases an array of sculptures from artists from around the world – visit www.houghtonhall.com to check out the latest exhibits.
Whether it’s spring bulbs, verdant summer green or autumn colour, Walsingham’s gardens contain the remains on a priory built in 1153 that continues to attract pilgrims. A truly idyllic spot to enjoy a moment of peaceful solitude.
With an abundance of locally grown produce, meat and fish, along with fantastic artisan arts and crafts, Norfolk’s farmers’ markets are fun to explore and shop.
On the first Saturday of every month (excluding January), Creake Abbey hosts 50+ stall holders from around the country who share fantastic produce, locally reared meat, homemade food and drink. Open from 9.30am – 1pm, Creake Abbey’s shops and café open alongside and there’s usually entertainment making it a great destination for all the family.
With a fantastic farm shop bursting with Drove’s home-grown produce, plus seasonal PYO that’s great fun to have a go at when the sun’s shining, Drove Orchards is also home to a selection of independent boutiques.
On the fourth Sunday of every month, the Sandringham Estate welcomes a small number of artisan producers to its Farmers’ Market. Enjoy a walk through the estate before or after you shop.