Castle Priory and other historic attractions in Norfolk

Norfolk is home to a wide variety of attractions. This beautiful seaside town is rich in a wide variety of attractions ranging from impressive beaches, the man made Broads, historical sites and an abundance of natural beauty and wildlife.

It is the perfect location to spend a holiday with the family. When it comes to boutique hotels Norfolk has a good number of places that are perfect to stay with the family.

One of the best spots to stay in town is the Harper North Norfolk hotel, which is located in a convenient location with easy access to some of the top tourist spots in town. Some of the best historic attractions to visit in Norfolk are:

Castle Acre Priory: It was constructed by William de Warenne in 1066, and was first built as a stone country house. Later in the 12th century there arose a need to have a better well defended place built, which lead to the addition of ditches and stout stone walls.  These are out of the best earthworks to be found in England.  The priory’s construction was inspired by the French monastery at Cluny. The place was home to an order of monks till 1537, when Henry VIII disbanded all monasteries in the country. The ruins include an impressive church from the 12th century, a gatehouse built in the 15th century and lodgings of the prior. There is a herb garden that was replanted as it must have existed when the monks stayed in the area.

The Bailey Gate:  In the 13th century, the castle was well defended with large stout walls encircling the place, located on raised earthworks. There were two gates the East and West Gate that were protected by an external defence called a barbican.  Of these the Bailey Gate can still be seen and it served as the north gateway of the town created outside the castle. The primary entrance to the village still passes through its towers.

Sandringham Castle: It is the official country home of HM The Queen, and has remained so from 1862. The castle is set amidst 24 hectares of beautiful gardens. The complete estate is spread over 8,000 hectares and the castle lies in the centre. The castle is accessible to the public during the summer months and there are tours of the estate.

Houghton Hall: It was home to Sir Robert Walpole, who served as the first Prime Minister of the country. Some of the attractions found here include the soldier museum, a magnificent five acre garden, organic produce, herds of deer, a church etc.

Oxburgh Hall: The building is a moated manor that was constructed in the 15th century. There are numerous tourist attractions on the property. These include woodland trails, secret passages, Mary Queen of Scots embroideries, the Tudor gatehouse among other attractions. It still is home to the Bedingfeld family for more than five centuries.

Holkham Hall: It was built by the First Earl of Leicester, Thomas Coke and was completed in 1764. It is the ancestral home of the Earls of Leicester. Some of the best attractions in the area are a museum, the magnificent hall, tearooms, an exhibition on farming and plays in the summer etc.

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