Sandringham House Norfolk
Norfolk is steeped in history and there are many attractions visitors will find not only interesting but very entertaining too! Take a look at the historic attractions we cover here in terms of location and what’s on offer.
Bure Valley Railway is located in Aylsham Norfolk, while the station at Aylsham is open seven days a week all year round. Enjoy a ride on a historic steam train whether it be with the family, a group of friends or on an individual basis. Children’s parties, school visits, hire a train to celebrate your own particular event or book a one-day course to learn how to drive a steam train are all available. Set in amazing countryside Bure Valley Railway also features a gift shop and cafe
Norwich’s Norman Cathedral is around a thousand years old therefore is a treat for the eyes for those who love historic buildings. The cathedral is surrounded by ancient cloisters and hosts exhibitions, while the herb and Japanese Gardens are not to be missed as are the Peregrine Falcons that nest in the cathedral spire! School and group visits are welcome, while the cathedral opens daily from 7-30am to 6pm.
Norwich Castle is a Norman building some nine hundred years’ old that began life as a palace then went on to be used as a prison. The castle is home to amazing art galleries and a museum, while a grant from the Lottery Fund means that work is soon to begin on the fabulous historic castle keep. School learning courses are offered at the castle along with a whole host of child and learning friendly activities. More information regarding what’s on at the Castle plus its museum and art gallery can be found at the website. The castle and museum opens all year round.
Those who are interested in Roman remains will find Burgh Castle Roman Fort fascinating as it is one of the best preserved of its kind in Britain. Views from the fort across Breydon Water are one of the best features for those who wish to take photographs! Burgh Castle built in the 3rd century AD is a Roman Site located near Burgh and is part of a range of Roman Defensive sites. The fort was used as a motte and bailey castle during the Norman Conquest and entry to the site is free of charge. Visitors are welcome to view the fort during daytime hours. For more information on visiting the site please visit English Heritage Website.
Those who have an interest in all things steam must be sure to pay this great steam museum a visit when passing through the Norfolk area. Located in the South Norfolk countryside many of the steam exhibits can be seen working rather than merely being motionless displays, while the museum hosts many steam events. Forncett is available to hire for weddings, parties, meetings or rallies, while opening times are varied with a full list obtainable at the website
All visitors no matter of what faith or denomination are welcome at this magnificent Catholic cathedral. The cathedral opens every day from 7-30am to 6-30pm and houses a shop and a café should you wish to take refreshments. Tours of the site are available to book throughout the summer, while the cathedral arranges many events regularly throughout the year. More details regarding what’s on can be accessed at the website. Visitors must visit the cathedrals Narthex too as many events are organised here it being a meeting place for all visitors enjoy, while the Narthex garden is a beautiful place to sit in especially during the summer months.
Wymondham Abbey built in the 12th century is located centrally in the town and is open to visitors seven days a week. The abbey houses hundreds of interesting artefacts that are displayed for visitors to see, while guided tours are available to book throughout the summer. There is an on-site gift shop, entry to the abbey is free but visitors are advised to check as the abbey does close occasionally for events such as private funerals. Various religious services are held here, while events such as medieval evenings, concerts and recitals are held regularly too.
Run by volunteers the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum houses sixty-six aircraft, thirty thousand artefacts and tanks. The museum features a range of exhibitions including World War II themed stands, RAF and radio & radar displays. There is plenty for the aircraft enthusiast to see, while further facilities include a café, library, shop and a raised boardwalk leading down to the river. Educational school programmes are offered at the museum, while drivers should use sat-nav postcode NR35 1NZ.
Mid Norfolk Heritage Railway is located in Dereham Norfolk and runs services through the heart of the Norfolk countryside with their heritage trains manned by volunteers. The steam trains run at the weekends from June to August with 1950’s carriages making for an authentic steam experience, while travellers can even enjoy a cream tea while on board the train! Many special events are run through the year with further experiences offered including
Christmas trains also run during the festive season with the Santa Lapland Express proving very popular with the children. Carol service trains and Christmas jazz trains also run at this time of year. More details can be obtained at the website.
The 100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum is dedicated to American service personnel who came to Norfolk in World War II to serve in the allied war effort. Read and view artefacts including model aircraft and photographs, that will bring the story of these brave troops to life, while these American servicemen were known as the Bloody Hundredth. The control tower houses many displays, while the engine shed houses war time jeeps used by the troops. The museum opens from March to October, while there is an on-site café and picnic area. Why not become a friend of the museum by taking up membership?