The county of Norfolk has a long history, stretching back to before the Roman invasion. Many buildings, like castles, churches, priories and mines, are left over from these times and are well worth a visit. Here are some of the most interesting English Heritage places to visit when staying at our North Norfolk holiday parks.
The North Norfolk village of Binham is home to a Benedictine monastery, one of the first religious buildings established in Norfolk after the Norman conquest. Much of the place is still in ruins, though there is a section still used as a local parish church.
Cow Tower, Norwich
If you take a riverside walk in Norwich, you will see a medieval lookout called Cow Tower. Built at the end of the 12th century, it is located in a strategic bend along the River Wensum, and was once a vital part of the city defences against invading hordes.
Castle Acre priory and castle
This lovely rural village has two relics from the Norman time, the castle and priory. The Norman castle is in ruins but is a fine example of the motte and bailey castle from the period and also offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside. The Castle Acre priory is also in ruins, but what still stands shows the creative architecture of the period.
Grime’s Graves, Thetford
The only Neolithic flint mine that is open to visitors in Britain, Grime’s Graves, comprises of 400 pits dating to the Anglo-Saxons. In 1870 they were discovered to be flint mines dug over 5,000 years ago. When visiting you can discover the history of the site and descend into one of the mines to see the jet black flint.
This abbey was ravaged by fire and plague around the 16th century and left to slowly ruin. What still remains of the abbey can easily help you see what an impressive place it used to be. While visiting the site, you can also visit the neighbouring farm centre, which has a café and a farmer’s market.
Burgh Castle, Great Yarmouth
Travel a few miles from Great Yarmouth and see Burgh Castle that overlooks the rivers Yare and Waveney. This strategic position meant the Romans could see attackers in all directions. Dating to 3-4 AD, Burgh Castle is one of a chain of forts that defended the east coast, and one of the largest Roman ruins in Britain.
Photo by: Phillip Halling