The Local Area
Moor Farm Cottages provide the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful county of Norfolk. Here we offer a flavour of what is available and recommend further investigation into this fascinating county and its rich history.
Foxley is a delightful village set in the heart of rural North Norfolk and our holiday accommodation is ideally located, just a quarter of a mile from the A1067 at the bottom of Foxley Street, for you to explore the county. The traditional market town of Dereham is only 7 miles away and the Norfolk Broads and North Norfolk Coast are both within 20 miles, along with the various interesting fishing viallges that complement the area.
For those interested in birdwatching and walking, Moor Farm lies adjacent to 365 acres of Norfolk Wildlife Trust woodland which dates back to the Domesday Book. The village of Bawdeswell is just one mile away and has a well stocked shop, post office, butchers and The Workhouse Pub, all within walking distance. The Queens Head at Foulsham offers excellent bar meals and many of the local pubs offer traditional Norfolk fayre including Cromer Crabs and mussels from Brancaster.
Historic Norwich, with more medieval churches that any other city in western Europe, is the capital of East Anglia and only 15 miles away. Visitors can enjoy a walk through peaceful gardens overlooked by the 315ft spire of the beautiful Norman cathedral, take an open-topped bus tour around the city or a river cruise to the Broads. Norwich is one of the top ten shopping destinations in England, so if it's some retail therapy you are after, you should find everything you need, from the ultra modern Chapelfield shopping centre to the 900 year-old market, there's something for everyone.
Cultural pursuits are well served in the city with The Theatre Royal, The Maddermarket and Playhouse Theatres for plays, musicals and concerts. Cinema City shows foreigh and arthouse films, while the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, housed in a Norman Foster building at the University of East Anglia, has an interesting and extensive collection. The cosmopolitan flavour of this famous university city is reflected in the variety of restaurants and eateries to suit all tastes and budgets.
Out and About and the Eco North Norfolk Railway
Local places of interest are many, from the historical National Trust property of Blickling Hall, Holkham Hall, Sandringham, the famous Thursford Collection (10 miles) to Norfolk Lavender at Heacham near Hunstanton (20 miles). The Georgian Market town of Aylsham hosts regular auctions on a Monday and is the starting point for a 45 minute trip on the Bure Valley Railway, through the Norfolk countryside to Wroxham. Dereham, another thriving market town boasts fine examples of 18th century houses, the Bishop Bonner Museuam and St Withburga's Well.
Holt, a picturesque, Georgian town is well known locally for its antique shops and is only a few miles from the coast.A branch of the North Norfolk Poppy Line Steam railway, originating in the coastal town of Sheringham, terminates here. The Victorian seaside resort of Cromer is not far and is one of the few remaining resorts to run an end-of-pier show boasting well-known variet acts throughout the summer season.
For those with equine interests, the nearby town of Fakenham has a racecourse with a very attractive calender and the Shire Horse Centre at West Runton is worth a visit. Pensthorpe Waterfowl Park has 200 acres of woodland, lakes and waterways, has hosted television's Springwatch and makes for a great family day out.
The coastal town of Wells is popular with mariners and walkers alike - adjoining the beautiful Holkham Gap where pine forest meets sandy beach and close to the village of Blakeney where boat trips can be taken to see the seals of Blakeney Point. Further along the coast fresh fish, shellfish and samphire can all be bought in the villages of Cley and Salthouse.
There is plenty for the kids to do too, with the amusements and bright lights of Great Yarmouth, Pleasurewood Hills, Banham Zoo, Bewilderwood and the Dinosaur Park all within easy reach.
With Norfolk boasting an abundance of wildlife, we are listing just a few of the places you can enjoy the natural world in the county. Bird watchers will love the RSPB's Surlingham Church and Titchwell Marshes, Strumpshaw Fen. Cley Marshes are part of the largest coastal nature reserve in England and have an international reputation as one of the finest birdwatching sites in the country.
The Norfolk Broads, over 200km of waterways, made up of 40 ancient, manmade shallow lakes and rivers can be enjoyed from the car, on foot or, best of all, by boat. Boats can be hired by the hour, day or week and Ranworth is well worth a visit, where you can enjoy stunning views over the waterways from St Helens Church tower or vist the conservation centre displaying a history of the Broads.
Places of Interest
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is a truly unique museum. Visit its 50-acre site and discover the:
- Historic workhouse
- Museum of life on the land
- Traditional farm with rare breed animals
- Beautiful, unspoilt grounds
The museum is a great day out whether you want to learn about the lives of Norfolk people in the past or relax and have a good time with your friends and family. You'll need a whole day to begin to discover all its wonders.
Visit the 1000 year-old cathedral, one of the finest, complete Romanesque buildings in Europe boasting the largest monastic cloisters and second-highest spire in England. Free entry, daily tours and shop.
Castle Museum, Norwich
One of the city's most famous landmarks, Norwich Castle was built by the Normans as a Royal Palace 900 years ago. Now a museum and art gallery, it is home to some of the most outstanding collections of fine art, archaeology and natural history. Norwich Castle is packed with treasures to inspire and intrigue visitors of all ages. In the magnificent Norman keep, models, computers, sound and video bring history vividly to life.
Find out about East Anglia's very own Queen Boudica, admire breathtaking displays of Iceni gold and ride on a re-creation of an Iceni warrior's chariot. Visit the Anglo-Saxon and Viking Gallery to find out what life was like in East Anglia after the Romans left. Explore a remarkable reconstruction of an Anglo-Saxon grave site, see wonderful Viking treasures – all of which were found locally – and enjoy hands on displays for all the family.
Bridewell Museum re-opened its doors in July 2012 after an exciting £1.5m refurbishment. Over the past 700 years The Bridewell has had a colourful and changing history. It has been a home to powerful merchants, a house of correction, a factory and a museum.
Now this friendly, community museum tells the story of Norwich and its people. The galleries are packed full of fascinating objects and hands-on displays. Watch archive films in our mini cinema, listen to local shoe workers' memories and play games in the 1950s living room. The museum galleries are now fully accessible for wheelchair users and families with buggies, with lifts to all floors.
With so much to see, there should be something for all the family to enjoy.
Strangers Hall, Norwich
Come and explore one of the oldest and most fascinating buildings in Norwich. Home to wealthy merchants and Mayors when Norwich was in its heyday, this beautifully preserved building dates back to 1320.
Wander through a maze of passages to discover a series of inter-linked rooms with period settings. See the Tudor Great Hall, the fine Georgian Dining Room and the magnificent stone-vaulted undercroft. Admire Lady Paine's 17th century bedroom and the panelled Walnut Room and find out how people lived in the past. Enjoy delightful collections of historic toys and a cellar full of colourful shop signs.
In fine weather, take a stroll in the lavender-filled garden. Find out who the Strangers' were and maybe even meet a costumed character from times gone by.
Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum
The Museum has a varied collection of objects, photographs and archive material connected to the Regiment which illustrates its 300 year history. While much of the collection is too fragile to have on open display there are some larger exhibits that are free standing, including a 'Please touch' display, a drum to bang, a periscope to spy with and a modern day soldier's pack to try on.
The Forum, Norwich
The Forum is one of the most successful Millennium Projects in the UK. It opened in November 2001 and has become an iconic landmark and meeting place in the historic centre of Norwich. The Forum is a public building - everyone is welcome seven days a week all year round - and the eclectic mix of free exhibitions, events, activities, catering, shopping and learning opportunities makes the Forum many things to many people.
Every day thousands of people come through the front doors to use the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library - the most popular public library in the UK. Many others come to the Forum to enjoy the free exhibitions and events in the huge Atrium, in the Forum's Digital Gallery or on Millennium Plain, at the front of the building.
Café Bar Marzano, on the ground floor, is a popular and lively meeting place and Pizza Express, on mezzanine level, offers spectacular views over Millennium Plain and the city centre beyond. The Forum is also the home of BBC East, which broadcasts daily TV and radio news across the Eastern Region, the Norwich Tourist Information Centre, the Forum Shop by Jarrold, Pitman Training Centre and MINT, a charity which helps young people find employment.
Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens
Progressive zoos like Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens are fast becoming a last refuge for many species as their natural homes are destroyed by the greed of man. Thrigby Hall wildlife gardens is one of Norfolk's top Zoo attractions for tourists visiting Norfolk and Gt Yarmouth.
Fritton Lake Country World
250 unspoilt acres to explore including a boating lake, falconry centre, cycle hire, golf and putting courses, heavy horse centre, adventure playground and miniature railway.
Sea Life Centre, Great Yarmouth
What is your favourite sea creature? The awesome Sharks, the cheeky Penguins or perhaps it's the creepy Crocodiles you love the most? Well at SEA LIFE you can see them all - from the rescued to the rare and the enigmatic. And can get closer than ever before. Many of the creatures are on the endangered list, have been rescued and cannot be released into the wild, or have been bred as part of the conservation project at Great Yarmouth.
Dinosaur Adventure Park, Lenwade
Armed with your Adventurers' Guide, explore and play in 100 acres of woods and parkland, discovering the amazing world of the dinosaurs. On arrival set off to explore the Dinosaur Trail. Meet the animals in the Secret Animal Garden, with educational activities and demonstrations in the Animal Encounter Barn. Discover tribes and creatures on the Neanderthal Walk. Enjoy some time to play in the Adventure Play Area. Enjoy the Raptor Racers, Jurassic Putt, Lost World A-mazing Adventure, Assault-o-saurus and Arachnophobia - great fun for all the family.
Travel around Norfolk on a variety of heritage lines including the Mid-Norfolk, North Norfolk, Bure Valley Railways and the Poppy Line.