Splendour in Norfolk: The county’s most famous monuments
No matter where you’re heading for your next Great British staycation, we urge you to check out any of the monuments that you’re bound to find located in and around your location. Historical monuments and landmarks are a testament to this country’s amazing past, and exist to tell the stories that would otherwise be forgotten. Norfolk is no different; it is home to some truly breathtaking monuments and landmarks. Here is our 30-second tour of some of the best, although you may well have your own favourites by the time you leave for home…
Labelled as a ‘scheduled monument’, which points to its historical and archaeological importance, Grime’s Graves is a sprawling Neolithic flint-mining complex in Breckland District, Norfolk. Covering some 96 acres and consisting of at least 433 dug shafts, this landmark is a testament to an ancient way of life, as well as a spectacular place for curious visitors to explore.
The Norfolk Monument
Erected in 1819 in Great Yarmouth, the Norfolk Monument is a grand tribute to Admiral Horatio Nelson, who was known as the ‘Norfolk Hero’. While many people associate grand monuments dedicated to Nelson with the column in Trafalgar Square, this beautiful landmark was built some 48 years prior to the erection of London’s landmark. The monument is hollow and houses 217 spiral steps that can be used to access an amazing view across the North Sea.
From as early as the 11th century, Walsingham Abbey has been a place of religious pilgrimage, inspiring many with its beautiful gardens, medieval architecture, and ambience. These days visitors still flock to the priory and its gardens, and the ruins are a reflection of Norfolk’s religious past, present, and future.
Whichever one of our beautiful lodges, cottages, or apartments you choose to stay in, you will never be far from a gorgeous site or a historically rich monument. Will you have time to visit them all though?