Heritage & history in Norfolk

Norfolk is best known for it’s wonderful countryside, the famous Norfolk Broads and it’s stunning coastline. Not to be forgotten, though, Norfolk is steeped in heritage and is home to some of the most important buildings in British history. Twice the size of London, when the Normans conquered, Norfolk was made the second city of Britain and is certainly a hidden gem within the UK. On your next trip to Norfolk, head it the Norfolk Heritage Centre, located in Norwich library, to plan your historical activities during our stay. You will also want to pay a visit to The Museum of Norwich at The Bridewell, to hear all about the heritage of Norfolk and some of its most famous residents. The Bridwell is also home to Norfolk Children’s Museum, where little ones can learn in a fun and engaging way.

Norfolk was central to the wool trade in medieval times, leading to an influx in population and a spring of houses to accommodate those working in the trade. Whilst the original houses no longer stand, Norfolk has been left with the latest number of medieval flint churches than any other part of the world. The revolution also had a huge impact of Norfolk as it become the breadbasket of Britain, resulting in a lot of wealth and the emergence of large country houses being built all over the county. You can visit many of the stately homes that still exist, with Holkham Hall, constructed for the 1st Earl of Leicester Thomas Coke, and Horton Hall being particularly spectacular. Hoveton Hall, in the Broads, is a must see due to its 15 acres of beautiful gardens.

Norwich is a treasure trove of history, with wonderful building that are steeped in history. Marvel at the beautiful medieval buildings and churches and explore the history of famous residents, such as Elizabeth Fry. Philanthropist Fry was born in Norwich in 1790 and was a pioneer for women’s rights and prisoner rights, due to her experiences of inequality within Newgate Prison. You can visit Manor Farm, where Fry was born, to find out all about the wonderful part she played in women’s history. Whilst in Norwich you must visit Norwich Castle, built in the aftermath of the norman Conquest at the request of William the Conqueror. The medieval architecture is stunning and inside you can delight at the wonderful painting and artefacts that tell the story of Norwich.

A trip to Norfolk will give you a new take on British history, finding out lots of new facts and information that have been hidden away. A deeply rich and historic county, Norfolk is a must see place for history buffs.