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Venture out of Norwich and you’ll find miles and miles of Norfolk countryside to explore! Stunning landscapes, immersive forest adventures, waterside walks and more. However, ahead of getting out into our green spaces, please remember to Respect, Protect and Enjoy our wonderful outdoors.
Pensthorpe Natural Park
Enjoy 700-acres of woodlands, wetlands, and wildlife at Pensthorpe Natural Park. Former home of BBC’s Springwatch, Pensthorpe Natural Park is a haven of wildlife exploration and outdoor adventure. With over five stunning gardens, lakes, and even a flock of Flamingo, Pensthorpe is the perfect day out for all ages. With its diverse attractions and activities, it offers a fully immersive day out for families, bird watchers, wildlife enthusiasts and garden lovers.
Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden
Set on the Norfolk waterways, Fairhaven offers 130-acres of ancient woodlands and a water garden to explore. Open 364 days of the year, Fairhaven is a unique garden experience with an eclectic mix of plants, wildlife, and 95 species of bird (many of which are rare and only found in The Broads!).
Steeped in history, Holkham Hall on the North Norfolk coast has the perfect setting; surrounded by rolling parkland, rich in wildlife. This stunning Palladian hall boasts 3,000 acres to explore on foot, by bike, and even by boat! Enjoy the deer park, the walled gardens, or the nature reserve that’s teeming with nature, wildlife, and stunning landscapes.
Holkham Nature Reserve & Beach
Holkham Nature Reserve is one of the largest reserves in the country, stretching from Burnham Norton to Blakeney and covering roughly 3,706 hectares. Keep an eye out for the beautiful pink-footed geese, who are often seen flying between feeding grounds. And down at the beachfront the high tide forms a spectacular shallow lagoon, which is a must-see for any photographer or nature lover. The beach was also where the closing scenes of ‘Shakespeare in Love’ was filmed, so you can have fun retracing Gwyneth Paltrow’s steps!
Houghton Hall is one of England’s finest examples of a Palladian house, originally built in the 1720’s for Great Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole. Today, Houghton Hall is home to incredible world art and stunning parklands. Its 5-acre walled garden has become one of Houghton’s most popular attractions, and the garden and grounds also feature an impressive collection of contemporary sculptures by world renowned artists. Open usually Easter to October.