Norfolk is incredibly proud of its rich history, and there's certainly plenty of it to see here! Whether you are interested in history that predates the Romans, religious history or otherwise, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Norfolk. If you are looking to sample some Norfolk heritage, we've put together five historic Norfolk landmarks for you to visit.
The construction of Norwich Cathedral began in 1096 and was completed in 1145, there have been a few alterations to the building since the minor rebuilding of the spire in 1480. The cathedral is the second tallest cathedral in England and is built from flint and mortar and faced with cream Caen limestone. Visitors are free to attend the cathedrals numerous services that take place throughout the week, but there are also cathedral tours (10am-3pm, Monday to Saturday and 1pm to 2pm on Sundays), which allow visitors to explore the beautiful building, learning about the specific history of each part. Norwich Cathedral also holds a number of different exhibitions at various points in the year. Much of the cathedral has wheelchair accessible, and even offers a free wheelchair service, though there are certain areas which (due to the historical nature of the building) the Treasure and Labyrinth are not accessible by lift.
Home to the Coke family and the Earls of Leicester, Holkham Hall was built between 1734 and 1764 by Thomas Coke, the first Earl of Leicester. The Palladian style mansion was influenced by Coke's discovery and love for classical art during his tour of Europe, but was, unfortunately, not completed by his death in 1759. Holkham Hall offers visitors plenty to see and do, ranging from beautiful gardens, interesting exhibitions, and wonderful events and is open to the public from the end of March until December. Wheelchair users are able to access most of Holkham Hall's buildings and its gardens thanks to a series of ramps and lifts (though some terrain is uneven), making use of the hall's free wheelchair service, if necessary.
Walsingham Abbey was one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in the medieval times, and the ruins of the 13th Century arches, the gateway to the medieval Priory, are just one of the Abbey's points of interest that are still visible today in Little Walsingham. Visitors are welcome to walk throughout the grounds of the Abbey throughout the year, and can enjoy a guided Snowdrop Walk here (daily from 10am - 4pm) from January to March. There are also a number of churches, shrines and basilicas around the grounds of Walsingham Abbey.
The Norman Lord William d'Albini began building the castle in 1138, which remains one of the best-preserved keeps in the country. The castle has served many purposes during its time, having been used as a hunting lodge, a royal place of residence and a place to home a mental patient in the 18th Century. There is plenty to explore in the grounds, with remains of a Norman church in the inner bailey that predates the castle itself. The castle and its grounds are open throughout the year, 10am - 6pm daily from April to November and 10am - 4pm Wednesday to Sunday from November to March, closing only between 24th and 26th December. Due to the nature of the site, only the grounds and the gift shop are suitable for wheelchairs.
Felbrigg Hall, which is property of the National Trust, was built in the 17th Century and is famous for its Jacobean architecture and Georgian interior. Felbrigg Hall offers visitors the chance to explore the many collections of artefacts and books in the house itself, and to learn how its inhabitants lived over the centuries. Visitors can also discover the variety of beautiful plants and flowers in the gardens, as well as taking a stroll around the 520 acres of woodland on the estate, where dogs on leads are welcome.
This is just a handful of the wide variety of historical landmarks in Norfolk that span a range of different periods in history, and should definitely be a priority on your to-do list when you visit this beautiful county.