Blickling Hall


Park open throughout the year

This is a beautiful National Trust-owned country estate with the romantic early 17th century Blickling Hall at its centre. The park is open throughout the year during daylight hours (hall open less often - check website for details).

How to get there

By road: 1½ miles north-west of Aylsham on B1354. Signposted off A140 (Norwich Cromer)

Bus: several services to Aylsham from Norwich, Holt and Sheringham Sanders Coaches ; Traveline; Norfolk Green

Rail: nearest station is at Aylsham (circa 4km from Blickling) via the Bure Valley Railway steam train from Hoveton/ Wroxham which is on the national rail network: check Bure Valley Railway website for details. Its then possible to walk from Aylsham to Blickling (circa 4km) along the Weavers Way.

Bike: Permitted path alongside Bure Valley Railway, Wroxham to Aylsham. Cycle routes around Blickling Park. View local cycle routes


The Blickling Estate, owned by the National Trust, is a perfect county estate open to the public throughout the year. As well as the beautiful 17th century Hall, ornamental gardens, park, lake and woods, there is a good second-hand bookshop and a plant centre. See National Trust website for details of opening times (below).

The pyramid is a remarkable 18th century mausoleum commemorating the Earl and Countess of Buckinghamshire, and can be found on the edge of the Great Wood in the north-west corner of the estate.

Cost: Park (including pyramid): Small car park fee. Charge for entry to House & Gardens (free to NT members): see website for details.

Refreshments: National Trust cafés (free entry) next to the car park and next to the hall. In the warmer months there is also a snack bar next to the plant centre where you can sit outside. Buckinghamshire Arms Pub  - situated between the main car park and the hall 

Loos: At NT car park; at the hall; and adjacent to the Plant Centre. Hurrah for the National Trust!



Happisburgh (pronounced Haisbruh)

Lighthouse: Limited opening throughout the summer.

A pretty village on the north-east coast, famous because of ongoing severe cliff erosion which is threatening its survival.  At the time of writing it still has a good sandy beach, pub, shop, church and lighthouse but the Cliffhouse Café has been forced to close as the building has become dangerous.

How to get there

By road: Follow signs to the village off the B1159 north of Stalham, east of North Walsham

Bus: Neaves local bus services  between Norwich, Wroxham and Stalham

Rail: nearest station is North Walsham (circa 7 miles)

Bike: Close to North-east Norfolk Quiet Lanes network/ Norfolk Coast cycleway  

View local cycle routes


On a sunny day the main attraction will be the beach, which is accessed by a wooden staircase from the top of the cliff (the beach car park is signposted in the village).

The lighthouse is open on specific days throughout the summer. The church is open daily, with the tower open to visitors on specific days - check Happisburgh Website for details of both. Tea and cakes are usually available in the Church Rooms in the centre of the village on the same days. 

There is also a small lifeboat station open at regular times. 

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stayed at the Hill House pub and there is some information about his visit inside the pub.

Cost: The beach is free! Pay & display car park.

Small entry fees for both the lighthouse and the church tower (although the main church building has free entry) – see website for details 

Refreshments: Hill House Pub: Tel: 01692 650004 Church Reading Rooms (occasional)

Loos: At the Beach Car Park

Sheringham Park

Sheringham Park

Open throughout the year

A beautiful historic park owned by The National Trust, with a large area of ornamental rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias which are spectacular in early summer. Walks in the park with lovely views to the sea.

How to get there

By road: 2 miles south-west of Sheringham, 5 miles west of Cromer, 6 miles east of Holt. Main entrance at junction A148/B1157 – follow brown signs.

Bus: From Norwich First ; From Cromer Norfolk GreenSanders Coaches (services 4 and 5) stop on request at main entrance to park.

Rail: Sheringham 2 miles

Bike:Regional Route 30 1½ miles south. View local cycle routes


Beautiful landscaped park with lots of good paths and secret places in amongst the rhododendrons, and trees to climb. Two viewing towers, one fairly near the car park, the other further into the park. Bluebells in spring, rhododendrons in late May – June.  Barn with imaginative exhibition with interactives for children. Plus shop and café. Lots of events run by the National Trust check website

Cost: Charge for car park (NT members go free!)

Refreshments:Refreshments kiosk with picnic tables next to barn and shop

Loos: Next to barn and shop.

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