Tudor Walks

Published: Tuesday 3rd Feb 2015

Written by: Laura Foster

Recently The Times newspaper featured an article looking at 20 Tudor walks – routes through castles, ruins and stately homes………

When it comes to Norfolk we have a wealth of historic sites and great walking opportunities for you to discover - Houghton Hall, Holkham Hall, Walsingham Abbey Grounds, Oxburgh Hall, Sandringham, and Castle Acre Priory to name just a few.

Along with Windsor Castle in Berkshire, Linlithgow Palace in Scotland and Llanthony Priory in Wales, the two locations in Norfolk “The Times” selected were:-

Kings LynnThe town is a treasury of historic buildings, including the magnificent Trinity Guildhall built on chequered flint in the 1520s and the classical Custom House of 1683.In the Middle Ages, King’s Lynn benefited hugely from being a member of the Hanseatic League confederation of trading ports. Hanse House and Marriott’s Warehouse remain from that prosperous age, and notable Tudor buildings include red-brick Thoresby College with its courtyard and super timber roof, the early 16th century Red Mount Chapel, Clifton House’s fine five-storey watch tower, and St Annes Fort on the Fisher Fleet, built to defend the town against pirates and invaders. Three fantastic walks – which you should allow 1-2 hours for each:Hanseatic Trail = Custom House to Hanse HouseMaritime Trail = True’s Yard to Marriott’s WarehousePilgrimage Trail = Lynn Museum to King’s Lynn ChapelFor a holiday spot brim full of history, a vibrant town centre and sea port - check out our properties available for bookings within 10 miles of Kings Lynn.

Also Blickling

Blickling Hall is every inch the grand Jacobean mansion, but the house that stood here in Blickling Hall is every inch the grand Jacobean mansion, but the house that stood here in Tudor times belonged to Sir Thomas Boleyn. It’s very likely that his daughter Anne – was born at Blickling Hall around 1501 -1507 (although the exact date is uncertain) She was later executed in the Tower of London on May 19th 1536, at the orders of her disappointed husband, Henry VIII.There's a 4 ½ mile National Trust walk from the main car park that takes in St Andrew’s Church, the Ice House, Pond Meadow, Hercules Wood, Blickling Tower and the 2nd Earl of Buckinghamshire’s Pyramidal Mausoleum.Looking to visit the beautiful Blickling Estate, try out this walk, and discover more of North Norfolk – view our selection of properties found in the area.

Laura Foster
Laura Foster


Enjoys running, cycling, going to the theatre and supporting Norwich City Football Club.


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