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Historic Norwich & Royal Norfolk

Historic Norwich & Royal Norfolk

6 day tour including a visit to Sandringham, a cruise on the Norfolk Broads and a train ride on the Bure Valley Railway

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6 day tour including a visit to Sandringham, a cruise on the Norfolk Broads and a train ride on the Bure Valley Railway

Norfolk and the Broads

A visit to Norfolk offers a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of busy Britain. Around every corner you will find pretty villages and historic churches, miles and miles of unspoilt beaches, countryside and rivers teeming with wildlife and relaxed towns and a city with wonderful shops and tempting cafes. The Norfolk Broads is now the UK's largest nationally protected wetland and an important area for wildlife. Yet the history of the Norfolk Broads is fascinating, as they are actually a man-made creation. The Broads were formed when people dug for peat in Medieval times and then they were later flooded. The Victorians used them for transporting heavy loads but nowadays they are here purely for pleasure and passengers are the boats' main cargo.

 

Sandringham

Sandringham is the much-loved country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen, and has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs since 1862.

Explore Sandringham's range of attractions, from the main House through to the extensive Gardens, and the Sandringham Exhibition & Transport Museum.

There is something for everyone at Sandringham. At the House, visitors can view the very rooms that Her Majesty the Queen and all members of the Royal Family spend Christmas, and indeed over 6 weeks every year.

Sandringham's gardens were opened to the public by King Edward VII in 1908, with the Sandringham Exhibition & Transport Museum following suit in 1930 opened by King George V. Sandringham House was opened to the public at Her Majesty The Queen's wish in her Silver Jubilee year of 1977.

Make sure to visit the Sandringham Exhibition & Transport Museum – home to the largest collection of Royal vehicles in any one place, including the first motor car ever owned by a member of the Royal Family. The first Royal car, the 6 hp 2-cylinder 1527 cc fitted with a mail phaeton body, was purchased by The Prince of Wales in 1900.

A visit wouldn’t be complete without a stroll around the Country Park. Visitors are in for a treat with 243 hectares to enjoy. 

 

Bure Valley Railway

No trip to Norfolk would be complete without a journey on the Bure Valley Railway. Running through the heart of the Norfolk Broads, the narrow gauge railway begins at Aylsham and journeys through the countryside to Wroxham, the capital of The Norfolk Broads. Running alongside the track is a walk and cycle track so for the keen walker or cyclist you can walk or cycle one-way and then take a leisurely ride back on the train to the start.

Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth is Norfolk's premier beach resort. As one of the UK's top beach resorts there is lots to see and do, a superb choice of places to eat and drink, a bustling town centre and beautiful wide, sandy beaches stretching as far as the eye can see.

 

Norwich

Norwich is the county town of Norfolk and is considered the capital of East Anglia. Granted historic city status, and situated on the River Wensum Norwich is approximately 100 miles north-east of London. From the Middle Ages until the Industrial Revolution, Norwich was the largest city in England after London, and one of the most important. The city is the most complete medieval city in the United Kingdom, including cobbled streets such as Elm Hill, Timber Hill and Tombland, ancient buildings such as St Andrew's Hall, half-timbered houses such as Dragon Hall, The Guildhall and Strangers' Hall, the Art Nouveau of the 1899 Royal Arcade, many medieval lanes and the winding River Wensum that flows through the city centre towards Norwich Castle.

 

Holkham Hall

Holkham Hall in north Norfolk is one of the loveliest great houses of Europe, and its surrounding estate one of the best-managed in Britain. The 3000 acre park contains a mile-long lake with nature trail, herd of Fallow Deer, as well as farm and estate buildings by the late 18th century farmer 'Coke of Norfolk'. Adjacent to the Hall, in the beautiful setting of the park, are the gift shop and café. One mile north of the park in Holkham Village are various other Holkham enterprises, The Victoria Hotel, several specialist shops, and Holkham Beach and National Nature Reserve.

Cromer

Cromer is a popular seaside town on the north Norfolk coast and is proudly known as ‘The Gem of the Norfolk Coast’. The town stands high and bracing on the wind swept cliffs, with several paths that zig and zag down from the town to the sandy beaches below.

Cromer combines the charm of the ancient fishing town, famous for its 'Cromer Crab', with the hustle and bustle of a modern seaside resort. There’s much evidence of the ancient town for those that wish to discover the maze of twisting streets close to the 14th Century Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul.

Cromer has an impressive pier that is 500 feet long, built by Alfred Thorne and opened in 1901. The pier was erected to replace two earlier structures that were destroyed by high seas. Cromer had several jetties but the pier that we know today was built almost 120 years ago.

 

Day 1

A morning departure from Cumbria as we travel south to East Anglia and our hotel the Dunston Hall. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 2

After breakfast we head to the lovely Georgian market town of Holt, time for coffee before we make our way to Sandringham, the much loved country retreat of Her Majesty, The Queen. The house, set in 24 hectares of stunning gardens, has knowledgeable guides in every room and the museum houses collections of Royal vehicles, rare ceramics, photographs and memorabilia. We spend the rest of the day exploring the house, gardens, museum and Visitor Centre. Dinner at the hotel.

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Day 3

Our day starts with a visit to the Bure Valley Railway and a 45 minute journey by steam train through the picturesque Norfolk countryside to Wroxham, where we enjoy a 90 minute circular cruise of the Norfolk Broads. Following our cruise we travel by coach through the Norfolk Broads to the area’s premier resort of Great Yarmouth. Dinner on our return to Dunston Hall.

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Day 4

This morning we travel the short distance into Norwich city centre, we have a guided tour to discover more about this medieval city, its history and heritage. The rest of the day will be free for you to explore at your leisure. We return to Dunston Hall for dinner.

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Day 5

Today, we visit the magnificent Holkham Estate situated in a stunning location on the north Norfolk coast. Our visit will include the Hall, an elegant 18th century Palladian style house, the Field to Fork Experience, an interactive experience all about food and farming plus the walled Garden. In the afternoon, we enjoy a coastal drive to Cromer where we have free time to enjoy this classic Victorian Norfolk seaside town, famous for its crab. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 6

We leave our hosts at the Dunston Hall hotel for the return journey home to Cumbria.

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Dunston Hall Hotel

Classic rooms and suites come with flat-screen TVs, free WiFi, and tea and coffee making equipment. Individual features include wood-beamed ceilings, 4-poster beds and period fireplaces.

Dunston Hall is an elegant country manor house hotel surrounded by 150 acres of peaceful Norfolk countryside. Originally an estate belonging to the Long family, 150 acres were sold to new owners in 1859. They built the Hall that has now been extensively restored into the welcoming hotel and events venue we see today.

Dunston Hall contains 169 en suite bedrooms that combine the best features of the historical setting with modern conveniences.

 

Standard in-room facilities include:

 

  • Satellite TV

  • Direct dial phone

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

  • Hairdryer

  • Iron/board

  • Tea & coffee

 

Dunston Hall Hotel is a great choice when it comes to relaxing, there is a spa on site offering a full range of facials, massages and beauty treatments. The leisure and fitness facilities also include an indoor swimming pool and gym. 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Bus Stop Tangier Street Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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