Days Out Norwich

Museums, Attractions & Gardens

Ancient House Museum, Thetford

Ancient House, White Hart Street, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 1AA

Thetford’s Ancient House has recently benefitted from a £1.6 million renovation, which has gone towards conserving the Grade I listed Tudor merchant’s house and creating up-to-date displays.

The atmospheric crooked house tells the remarkable story of Thetford and the Brecks. Discover rich collections alongside audio guides, films and animations.

Meet local people from Thetford’s past, from the revolutionary philosopher Thomas Paine to the Sikh hero Maharajah Duleep Singh and from rabbit warreners to railway workers.

 

Free admission to Museum Pass holders, Friends of Thetford Museum, Children’s University members and under 4’s.
Pop in for a £1: One hour tickets available every day 1 hour before closing time.
Closed Sundays and Mondays, bank holidays and Christmas Eve.

Contact 01842 752599 for more information.


Barton House Railway

Hartwell Road, The Avenue, Wroxham, Norfolk, NR12 8TL

Barton House Railway is a miniature ride on railway located in a spacious garden alongside the River Bure in Wroxham. It re-creates a traditional railway atmosphere where the whole family can enjoy the nostalgia of the golden age of steam with two ride-on railways, a working full size signalling system and authentic tickets.

We operate two separate railways, The Midland Railway and The Riverside Railway.

Contact 01603 782008 for more information.


Blickling Hall – National Trust

Blickling Estate, Blickling, Aylsham, NR11 6NF

Nobody ever forgets their first sight of Blickling. The breath-taking red-brick mansion and ancient yew hedges sit at the heart of a magnificent garden and historic park in the beautiful Bure meadows.

The formal garden is the result of three centuries of inspired planting, and the gently undulating historic parkland is great for exploring. Grab a map of way-marked walks or our cycle trail and head out into the park. Keep your eyes open for lost buildings, stunning views and wildlife who call it home.

Contact 01263 738030 for more information.


Bridewell Museum

Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell

From Medieval to modern day, the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell tells the story of the city’s industries and the people who lived and worked here.

Whether you are visiting for the day and want to an insight into the history of the city, or you have lived here all your life, the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell, at the heart of the Norwich Lanes is a must-see.

Museum Pass Holders, Friends of Norwich Museums, Carer with a disabled visitor,
Under 4s Free

Pop in for a Pound – available everyday one hour before closing.

Open Bank Holidays.
Closed: 26 December

Contact the main reception on 01603 629127 for more information.


Bure Valley Railway

Aylsham Station, Norwich Road, Aylsham, NR11 6BW

BURE VALLEY RAILWAY, STEAM TRAINS TO THE NORFOLK BROADS

Experience a nostalgic trip by steam on Norfolk’s longest narrow gauge railway which runs between the historic market town of Aylsham and bustling town of Wroxham, at the heart of the Norfolk Broads.

The 18 mile round trip runs through the pretty Bure Valley countryside following the meandering River Bure through meadowland and ancient pasture. Along the line are wayside halts serving the picturesque Broadland villages of Brampton, Buxton and Coltishall where you can hop off and explore by foot. Hop back on and continue your journey by train by waiving down the driver to stop.

The single journey between Aylsham and Wroxham takes 45 minutes.

Look out for themed events too!

Parties- Book a birthday party package at the Bure Valley Railway and have a great choo choo time!

Contact 01263 733858 for more information.


City of Norwich Aviation Museum

City of Norwich Aviation Museum, Old Norwich Road Horsham St Faith, Norwich, NR10 3JF

Over a dozen complete aircraft are on display ranging from the tiny wooden Evans VP-2 all the way up to a huge Vulcan B.2 and the Nimrod MR2. Displays showcase East Anglia’s rich aviation history taking in RAF and USAAF bases in World War II, helicopters, uniforms, link trainers and the search and rescue service.

Contact 01603 893080 for more information.


Cromer Museum

Cromer Museum, East Cottages, Tucker Street, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9HB

After a bracing seaside walk, why not step inside Cromer Museum. Have a look around the cosy Victorian fisherman’s cottage and imagine what it was like to live in Cromer at the end of the 19th Century.

Delve into the ‘Old Cromer’ Gallery with its displays of historic photographs and illustrations of the town. Discover Cromer’s history as a Victorian seaside resort with its fine hotels and scandal of mixed bathing. Learn about the daring rescues of Henry Blogg and the Cromer lifeboatmen.

Contact 01263 513543 for more information.


East Gallery, Norwich University of the Arts

East GalleryNUA, Cavendish House, St Andrews Street, Norwich, NR2 4AE
Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday, 12-5pm. Admission free.

East GalleryNUA is an exciting, city centre gallery space showcasing the best modern and contemporary art through its curated exhibitions programme.

Contact Norwich University of the Arts on 01603 610561 for more information.


Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden, School Road, South Walsham, NR13 6DZ

130 acres of cultivated, wild and natural plantings, a haven for wildlife enthusiasts.  Nearly 4 miles of woodland pathways to explore. Tearoom, Gift Shop and Plant Sales also open to non-garden visitors.

Contact 01603 270449 for more information.


Felbrigg Hall

Felbrigg, Norwich, Norfolk, NR11 8PR

Grade 1 listed 17th Century house that is now part of the National Trust.

One of the most elegant country houses in East Anglia, the Hall is a place of surprises and delights, a mixture of opulence and homeliness where each room has something to feed the imagination. From the stained glass windows in the great hall to the nodding mandarins in the chinese bedroom; from Queen Mary’s teapot in the drawing room to the copper pans in the kitchen. Story boxes for the children help explain some of the history of the house.

Gift Aid Admission (Standard Admission prices in brackets).
House and Garden: adult £11.45 (£10.40), child £5.50 (£5.00), family £28.40 (£25.80).


Gressenhall farm and workhouse

Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse, Gressenhall, Dereham, Norfolk, NR20 4DR

Explore the fascinating new displays and discover the Voices from the Workhouse. Hear real stories of those who lived and worked within its walls and find out about the impact of this intriguing institution.

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is a truly unique museum. Visit its 50-acre site and discover the:

• Historic workhouse building featuring new exhibition galleries exploring ‘Voices from the Workhouse’

• Museum of life on the land

• Traditional farm with rare breed animals

• Beautiful, unspoilt grounds and exciting adventure playground

Contact 01362 869263 – 24 hour pre-recorded information line.
01362 860563 – for all other enquiries. Please note, this telephone is only manned during weekday office hours.


John Jarrold Printing Museum

John Jarrold Printing Museum, Whitefriars Norwich Norfolk NR3 1SH

An impressive collection of printing machines document the fascinating progression of the printing process, including; 19thC hand-operated printing presses, Lithographic hand presses, Ratcliff direct lithographic machine, printing from the original lithographic stone. Linotype, Monotype, Ludlow and Hadegomechanical type and film setting machines. Staffed exclusively from expert retired volunteers from industry.

The Museum is open from 09.30 to 12.30 every Wednesday (except during the Christmas and New Year period) and by special arrangement.

Contact 01603 677183 during museum open hours.


North Norfolk Railway

The North Norfolk Railway

The North Norfolk Railway offers far more than merely a train ride. Experience yesterday today as you travel through some of Norfolk’s most stunning coastal countryside, riding on our lovingly restored coaches behind our magnificent steam and diesel locomotives. Stop off at our beautifully preserved stations and take time to visit the many attractions at each one.

The Railway operates both steam-hauled and diesel-hauled services. See the timetable for details of dates, times and ticket prices. Make a day of it with our great value rover ticket!

But your journey into the past need not stop there. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch or evening meal aboard The North Norfolkman Dining Train, make a special booking for one of our numerous special events, or attend one of our very informative Education Days – designed for young and old alike!

www.nnrailway.co.uk

Contact 01263 820800 for more information.


Norwich Castle Museum

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

One of Norwich’s most famous landmarks, Norwich Castle was built by the Normans as a Royal Palace 900 years ago.

Explore the Castle’s history as a palace and later as a prison, and enjoy our fabulous collections of fine art, archaeology, and natural history as well as the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum collections.

 

Open most Bank Holidays except 24, 25 and 26 December 2017 and 1 January 2018.

Please note that last admission is half an hour before closing.

For more information contact 01603 493625


Norwich Cathedral

Norwich Cathedral, 65 The Close, Norwich NR1 4DH

Norwich Cathedral is an English cathedral located in Norwich, Norfolk, dedicated to the Holy and Undivided Trinity. It is the cathedral church for the Church of England Diocese of Norwich and is one of the Norwich 12 heritage sites.

www.cathedral.org.uk


Norwich Guildhall

Norwich Guildhall, Gaol Hill, Norwich, NR2 1JS

The Guildhall, Norwich, is a remarkable 15th century building, and England’s largest and most elaborate provincial medieval city hall. Norwich Guildhall was the centre of city government from the early 15th century until its replacement by City Hall in 1938.

 


Royal Norfolk Regiment Displays

The Royal Norfolk Regiment Displays are now housed within Norwich Castle.


Sea Life Centre

Sea Life Centre Hunstanton – 01485 533576
Southern Promenade, Hunstanton PE36 5BH

Sea Life Centre Great Yarmouth – 01493 330631
Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth NR30 3AH

Home to amazing discoveries and exciting marine displays.

 

 


Strangers’ Hall

Strangers’ Hall, 4 Charing Cross, Norwich, NR2 4AL

Home to Mayors and Magnates.

Visit one of Norwich’s oldest and most fascinating buildings, dating back to 1320. Stroll through a maze of interlinked rooms enriched with textiles and period objects, bringing the days of the Tudors and Stuarts vividly to life.

Winter Closing 2017-18
Strangers’ Hall will be closed from 21 December 2017 for the annual winter deep clean. The museum will re-open to the public on Wednesday 14 February 2018.

Contact 01603 667229 / 493625 for more information or to book tickets.


The Cathedral of St John the Baptist

The Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Unthank Road, Norwich, NR2 2PA

The Cathedral Church of St John the Baptist is the Roman Catholic cathedral of the city of Norwich.

www.sjbcathedral.co.uk

Contact 01603 624615 for more information.


The Great Hospital

The Great Hospital, Bishopgate, Norwich, NR1 4EL

The Great Hospital, founded in 1249, is a highly regarded sheltered housing and care village and a stunning events venue in the cathedral area of the City of Norwich. The site includes a total of 15 listed buildings including the only surviving ‘swan pit’ in the UK.

Tours take place monthly and cost £10 per person. Tours are led by our excellent Blue Badge tour guide, Rod Spokes, and start at 10am and last approximately an hour and a half.

Contact 01603 622022 for more information.


The Plantation Garden

4 Earlham Road, Norwich, NR2 3DB

The Plantation Garden is a Grade II English Heritage registered garden close to Norwich City centre, next to the Catholic Cathedral.

The Plantation Garden is open every day of the year. 9am to 6pm

Admission £2.00. Free to members. Children, if accompanied and under 16 are free.

Toilet facilities (suitable for wheelchairs) are only available on Sunday afternoons during the summer teas season and when events are taking place.

 

 


The Tollhouse Museum

The Tolhouse, Tolhouse Street, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2SH.

Visit one of the oldest prisons in the country and explore Great Yarmouth’s story of crime and punishment.

• Discover the fate of thieves, smugglers, witches, pirates and murderers when punishment included transportation and execution.

• Enjoy the hands-on activities and find out about the history of this 12th Century medieval former merchant’s house, which was transformed into one of the town’s most important civic buildings.

Contact 01493 858900 or 743930 for more information.


Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens

Filby Road, Thrigby, Great Yarmouth,

At home in the landscaped grounds of Thrigby Hall is a special collection of rare animals from Asia. You will find endangered tigers, huge crocodiles, noisy gibbons and many more exciting animals. A unique network of raised walkways allows you to get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures. The park is wheelchair and pushchair friendly and benefits from free parking, picnic areas, café, gift shop and play areas to suit children of different age groups.

Contact 01493 369477 for more information.


Time and Tide Museum of Great Yarmouth Life

Time & Tide Museum, Blackfriars Road, Great Yarmouth NR30 3BX

Come and explore this museum housed in a converted Victorian herring curing works and take an exciting journey into the past.

Discover Great Yarmouth’s fascinating history, its rich maritime and fishing heritage and some of the colourful characters who made their living from the sea.

Wander through a Victorian ‘Row’ and see inside a fisherman’s home. Experience the heady atmosphere of a 1950s quayside, take the wheel of a coastal Drifter and hear gripping tales of wreck and rescue on the high seas. Follow Great Yarmouth’s transformation from a sandbank to the present day, through times of boom and bust and war and peace.

Contact 01493 743930 for more information.

 


Wroxham Miniature Worlds

Station Business Park, Horning Road West, Hoveton, Norfolk, NR12 8QJ

Welcome to Wroxham Miniature Worlds the largest indoor modelling attraction in the UK stretching over 10,000 square feet with some of the largest model railways in the world on permanent public display. The attraction is made up of many zones including model railways in various scales, slot car displays, a whole city made from LegoTM bricks, model boat displays and a host of toys from across the decades there is something for the whole family.

It’s worth noting that pushchairs and strollers are not normally permitted inside, but that they do run designated Baby Friendly days when the carriages are welcome, advertised online.

We are open 10am to 5pm (last admissions 4.00pm). – Cafe open from 10.30am to 3.30pm.