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Enjoy miles of outdoor space you never knew existed. Hidden gardens, sandy beaches, riverside walks and treks off the beaten path. With miles of Norfolk countryside to enjoy, and unique green spaces in the city of Norwich, there’s hours of outdoor fun to be had. Art trails, historic walks, tranquil gardens, and views that will take your breath away …
Offering stunning, spacious views over the Norwich skyline, Mousehold Heath is a favourite amongst local dog walkers. Just a short walk away from the grounds of Norwich Cathedral, Mousehold Heath boasts over 184 acres of woodland and walkways for you to enjoy.
Just on the outskirts of Norwich city centre you’ll find Whitlingham Country Park, Norwich’s very own gateway to The Norfolk Broads. This hidden gem is acres upon acres (over 200 in fact) of countryside walks and cycling routes, making it the perfect place to reconnect with nature after months of being stuck staring at the TV. Surrounded by riverbanks and wildlife, its hard to believe just how close you are to the city centre.
Known as ‘The Secret Garden’ to many in Norwich, Plantation Gardens is a beautifully restored Victorian garden established over 100 years ago in what was originally a chalk quarry. Explore Gothic fountains, flower beds, lawns, an Italianate terrace, ‘Medieval’ terrace walls, woodland walkways, Victorian-style greenhouses and rustic bridges. The Plantation Garden is a tranquil spot just 600 yards from the rush of Norwich city centre.
A true community space and popular haunt for locals, Eaton Park offers a plethora of truly great activities for all ages. Enjoy a large model boating lake, tennis courts, or just simply take a stroll around this beautiful 80-acre park.
A stunning city centre garden that changes with the seasons. Escape the rush of city life with a stroll around the gardens, or grab a blanket and enjoy a picnic sat by the band stand. You’ll often find local bands and performers putting on a free show!
A world-class museum of art from around the world, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts houses some of the most ground-breaking displays and exhibitions in the UK. As well as stunning world-art, you can enjoy the Sculpture park – 350 acres of attractive parkland open to everyone and full of thought provoking artwork and sculptures. Don’t forget to take a walk around the lake or enjoy one of four nature trails!
A stunning Palladian Hall, steeped in history. Explore acres of woodlands, waterways, and gardens. Hop on a bike and explore the grounds at a pace, or hire a row boat and enjoy a day on the lake. Keep an eye out for the herd of Fallow Deer, who live in the parkland!
Built in the 1720’s for Great Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, Houghton Hall is a favourite amongst Norfolk locals and visitors. Enjoy stunning art and sculpture exhibitions in and around the hall, and a tranquil 5-acre garden (winner of the Christie’s and HHA ‘Garden of the Year Award’).
With over 700 acres of woodland walks, nature trails and lakes for you to explore, Pensthorpe Natural Park is a fantastic day out for all ages, offering a truly immersive experience for families, bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts. Don’t forget to visit the hugely-popular Flamingo flock!
Enjoy long walks along the breezy beach front, and immersive nature trails at Holkham Beach and National Nature Reserve this Autumn. Discover 3,706 hectares of sand dunes, saltmarsh, forests, and foreshore that alter with the seasons. After a stroll along the shores, a peaceful walk through the pinewoods and scrub is a must. Three types of pines grow within the woods, each with unique autumnal colours and leaves for you to enjoy – don’t forget your camera!
Set on 130 acres of ancient woodland with its own private Broad (part of The South Walsham Broads), Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden is a unique garden experience. Brimming with wildlife and wild plants, you can enjoy hours of walking trails alongside the stunning Broads.
Named after the legendary warrior and Queen of the Iceni, this 36 mile route is packed full of history and stunning places to visit. Enjoy picturesque villages such as Shotesham, Saxlingham Nethergate and Pulham Market on your way.