The legacy of the sea, churches and stately homes
‘I am a Norfolk man and glory in being so…’ so said Lord Horatio Nelson, who was born in the small village of Burnham Thorpe where one can visit the parsonage where he was born and All Saints Church where his father was rector, and the young Horatio was baptised. For anybody with an interest in maritime history, a visit to the Happisburgh Lighthouse and a walk along the Kings Lynn Maritime Trail is a must.
Norfolk has a wealth of history to explore, not just of a nautical bent. The county has the greatest concentration of medieval churches in the world (over 650) with the finest being the Norman cathedral in Norwich, and Norfolk is home to Sandringham, the Royal family’s country retreat where one can take a guided tour of its gardens and museum. The secret door and ‘priest’s hole’ make Oxburgh Hall an interesting visit while Holkham Hall is our favourite because of its wildlife-rich parkland and proximity to the spectacular beach.