Lots to do and see on the doorstep of
The Mulberry Tree
Attleborough Tourist Information Centre (open seasonally)
Tel: +44 (0)1953 456930
Attleborough Train Station Managed by National Express East Anglia
Norwich City centre
Set in the heart of East Anglia, the historic city of Norwich has everything you would desire of a vibrant regional capital. You will find a modern cultural city with beautiful heritage, vibrant nightlife and sophisticated shopping.
Norwich is the most complete medieval city in Britain. It’s also one of the top 5 places to shop! Such contrasting boasts show a rare blend of historic interest and modern sophistication. Explore the intricate network of winding streets and over 1,500 historic buildings, from the splendor of the Norman Cathedral and Castle to charming Elm Hill with its timber-framed houses. Museums, galleries, theatres, concerts, cinema, a buzzing nightlife and a year round programme of festivals, celebrating everything from music and literature to food and beer, combine to offer vibrant and dynamic entertainment and give the city a truly cosmopolitan feel.
Norwich is dominated by its magnificent cathedral, boasting the largest cloisters in England, the second tallest spire in the country and an amazing 1,200 stone roof bosses. The Norwich School, in the grounds of the Close, was attended by naval hero Lord Nelson. At the end of the Close, Pull’s Ferry, an old Watergate, stands on the River Wensum.
Norwich still has a delightful jumble of medieval streets, lanes and alleys lined with small speciality shops, many within the Norwich Lanes, and attractive half-timbered houses, most notably the cobbled Elm Hill – Norwich boasts over 40 per cent specialist and independent retailers. The city also has modern precincts and two impressive shopping centres, making it one of the top five places to shop in the UK.
The recently refurbished market, which stands below the Castle, is the largest open-air market in the country with stalls selling a wide range of goods, 6 days a week.
The 12th century Castle is one of the finest Norman secular buildings in Europe. Today, as the county’s principal museum, it is packed with treasures. Its resident collections are of national importance and visiting exhibitions include works from
Bridewell Museum (local trades and industries), Strangers Hall (a fascinating museum of English domestic life) and the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum are also well worth a visit. Dragon Hall, a fine 15th century merchants’ house, with a superb dragon crown-post roof, has recently been extensively restored. In contrast to the City’s medieval buildings, is the architecturally stunning Forum. The Forum is home to the local BBC studios and Norwich’s public library. Enjoy superb views of St Peter Mancroft church (the largest church in Norwich).
Norwich has over 30 medieval churches within the city walls alone. Many still function as parish churches, but others have been imaginatively converted to other uses. Inspire, a hands-on science attraction, Norwich Arts Centre and Norwich Puppet Theatre are just a few examples. The city is also home to the impressive 20th century St John’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, standing imposingly at the top of Grapes Hill.
Norwich Tourist Information Centre
The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich
Tel: +44 (0)1603 727927
Fax: +44 (0)1603 765389
Snetterton Race Track
(10 minutes) signposted from the A11 towards Thetford.
Snetterton has undergone perhaps the most radical transformation of all the MotorSport Vision circuits since being taken over in 2004.
With a bright, clean feel, new spectator banking and improved restaurant facilities, fans are flocking back to East Anglia’s premier sporting venue. The improvements aren’t just limited to the general public either, as Snetterton boasts some of the best facilities for competitors in the country, including a superb scrutineering bay.
The annual calendar usually features all the top UK race series, as the British F3/GT championships, British Superbike Championship and British Touring Cars all tackle Snetterton’s mix of long straights and super-fast corners.
Most recently, a host of Le Mans 24 Hour cars have been developed at the Norfolk track, including Bentley’s first Le Mans car for 70 years, the EXP Speed Eight. The all-conquering Audi R8 and Williams BMW LMP were all spotted first at Snetterton
Norwich, Norfolk NR16 2JU
Tel: +44 (0)1953 887303
Fax: +44 (0)1953 888220
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Theatre Royal – Norwich
The Theatre Royal is Norwich, Norfolk and East Anglia’s premier theatre presenting a high quality mix of comedy, drama, musicals, dance, opera, music and family shows all year round.
Theatre Royal – Norwch
Tel: +44 (0)1603 63 00 00
Enjoy the ultimate fun filled day out at one of the most exciting wildlife attractions in the country. Rated amongst UK’s top three Zoos by WHICH?
Banham Zoo is set amongst 35 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens with innovative and exciting enclosures, providing sanctuary for almost 1000 animals ranging from big cats to birds of prey and siamangs to shire horses.
Tel: +44 (0)1953 887 771
Bressingham Steam Museum & Gardens
Take a step back in time to the power and romance of the age of steam! Bressingham Steam Museum & Gardens has one of Europe’s leading steam engine collections, including over 40 steam locomotives, traction and stationary engines and vehicles, all restored to their former glory – and each with its own story to tell.
The Bressingham Steam Museum & Gardens story could not have begun without Alan Bloom who first acquired Bressingham Hall in 1947. The successful establishment of a thriving nursery and the creation of the Dell Garden were the preliminaries to Alan’s developing interest in steam. Alan’s passion for steam led him to gather at Bressingham one of the most comprehensive collections of steam engines and artefacts in the England. The collection has been formally established as the Bressingham Museum Trust to promote an understanding of steam power through the operation and development of a live steam museum. Today, the gardens are beautiful and are well worth a visit in their own right.
Bressingham Steam Museum & Gardens
Tel: +44 (0)01379 686 900
Thetford Forest Park
Designated a Forest Park by the Forestry Commission in May 1990, Thetford Forest attracts over 1.5 million visitors each year. Situated in the heart of East Anglia, the forest is a patchwork of pines, heathland and broadleaves providing the ideal setting for a refreshing and enjoyable day out at any time of year.
East Anglia Forest District is participating in a nationwide, annual Autumn Colours campaign. Good places to spot the colour changes in Thetford Forest include Rishbeth Woods, Santon Downham and Lynford Arboretum. The Arboretum contains over 200 species of trees from all around the world and the collection is still expanding.
Some of the unusual tree species found in the Arboretum include Douglas fir, Monterey pine, Western Yellow pine, Grand fir and Sitka spruce.
Theford Forest Park
Tel: +44 (0)1842 816010
Climb the trees and slide across high wires, crawl through tunnels, cross rope bridges, walk the planks and zip down to the ground! Go Ape is an award-winning high wire forest adventure course of rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip slides… all set high up in the trees. Providing a fun day out with friends, families or colleagues, you’ll be fitted with a climbing harness and given instruction before trekking from tree to tree high above the forest floor. Split into a number of different sections, the experience takes approximately 2.5-3 hours to complete but may vary depending on how many people are up in the trees.
Go Ape – Thetford
High Lodge Forest Centre
Santon Downham, Brandon, IP27 0AF
Tel: +44 (0)845 643 9215.
Walking the Peddars Way
The route starts in Suffolk at Knettishall Heath Country Park (30 mins from The Mulberry Tree) and follows the route of a Roman road to Holme-next-the-Sea on the north Norfolk coast. At Holme the Peddars Way meets the Norfolk Coast Path as it runs from Hunstanton to Cromer.
This route has it all: Fantastic scenery and landscape cover the 150 km (93 miles) of the two trails of the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path. The majority of the Trails run through the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the Brecks, a unique area of forest, heath and low river valleys. Along the rout you’ll see a Roman road, unique Brecks, rolling open farmland, low cliffs, extensive sandy beaches, dunes and fabulous salt marshes.