Full Of Old Stuff!

Published: Thursday 4th Feb 2016

Written by: Lucy Downing

Face it… Norfolk is full of old stuff.  And I don’t mean weathered fishermen or elderly people playing bridge (although I’m sure you could spot them if you tried!).  When I refer to old, I mean really old – imagine castles, Jacobean houses and dinosaurs.

Let’s start from the beginning…

During the tidal surges a couple of years ago, human footprints dating back 850,000 years were discovered at Happisburgh (the oldest outside of Africa).  So, Norfolk was officially the first place in Europe to welcome tourists!

Then there’s the mammoth skeleton found at West Runton – the most complete specimen discovered throughout the world and the oldest find within the UK.

If we hop and skip past a few centuries, we can cast our eyes over Norwich.  With its Medieval street plan, Cathedral, Norman castle and an abundance of churches greater than anywhere north of The Alps, the city makes for a perfect cultured weekend.

However, most probably my favourite of all are our collection of stately homes.  From the Jacobean finery of Blickling Hall and the Georgian interior of Felbrigg Hall to the Palladian wonder of Houghton Hall and the elegant Holkham Hall with its beach and nature reserve – Norfolk certainly had a rich and splendorous past.

If you can find time during your visit to Norfolk, I recommend a day spent in one of our many fabulous Norfolk Museums.  Norwich Castle is a must, as are the award-winning Time and Tide Museum at Great Yarmouth and Gressenhall Workhouse and Farm near Dereham.  From fishing to piglets, dungeons to polar bears, there’s plenty to marvel at.

And I didn’t even mention Lord Horatio Nelson...


Lucy Downing
Lucy Downing


I enjoy walking along Norfolk's beaches with my family and dog, theatre trips, dancing, laughing and knocking up a scrumptious feast for friends using local produce finished with a tipple of Norfolk Saffron's King Harry orange and saffron liqueur!


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