History & Culture

History & Culture

Both the history of Norfolk and the culture of Norfolk are fortunate to be blessed with a rich heritage which has paved the way for an extremely diverse culture. The visitor to Norfolk is surrounded by abundant evidence of the past heritage, from the historic Grimes Graves and neolithic man to the Norman Churches and Cathedral and then on to the very grand Stately Homes and Estates.  

The industries reliant on trading through the inland waterways, coastal fishing fleets and agriculture have also shaped how Norfolk is today. Today there are many influences in Norfolk all adding to it's wonderful culture.

The City of Norwich has a magnificent university and an renowned art college which attract thousands of international students, drawn here in part to our arts, the history and not to mention the way life here and of course tourists from all over the world come to experience all that this peaceful and beautiful county offers.

Browse through the articles and sections below to get a sense of our history and culture

Cley Windmill through the Ages
Cley Windmill
A truly magical windmill, standing proudly on the salt marshes of North Norfolk, living testament to the history of trading on the Norfolk coast, lovingly restored and converted
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Family Days Out
Family Days Out
Grimes Graves
Grimes Graves
A must do 'down the mine' experience!
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Weeting Castle
Ruins of an Historic Castle, in the beautiful surroundings of the Norfolk countryside. Ideal for tourists exploring Norfolk land marks.
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Wells & Walsingham Railway
The Story of WWLR
One man's dream, dedication and passion to build a light railway in North Norfolk
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Sheringham Museums
Sheringham Museums
Must see Museums documenting the history of the fishing industry and the growth of the lifeboat in Sheringham
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Fishermen's Heritage
An ancient fishermen's shed, now a museum containing history and stories of a fishermen's life on the dangerous waters.
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Charles Burrell
A museum completely dedicated to steam power and steam transport, located in Thetford.
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Sainsbury Centre
A Museum and Art Gallery, containing fantastic art work from all over the world.
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Baconsthorpe Castle
A 15th century castle full of history, open to the general public to discover.
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Lynn Museum
A historic museum telling the story of West Norfolk through the ages, containing thousands of objects and artefacts to explore.
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Museum of the Broads
A fantastic museum offering fun and activities for all the family to enjoy. Providing unique items and information about the Norfolk broads over the years.
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The Tolhouse
A once notorious prison in Great Yarmouth, now a museum full of amazing history of the crimes and punishments over the years.
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Bircham Windmill
A fully refurbished Historic Windmill, with an adjoined bakery, a must see tourist attraction for the whole family.
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Norfolk Vineyards
Norfolk Vineyards
Who knew that Norfolk Vineyards produced great wines?
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South Norfolk & The Brecks
South Norfolk
South Norfolk is not as well known to the visitor as other parts of Norfolk but take your time to explore, it has the most amazing places just waiting to be discovered.
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Horsey Windpump
A beautiful little wind pump in a stunning location off the norfolk coast, with plenty of things to see and do.
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Houghton Hall
Houghton Hall is a magnificent showcase of the work of many different architects, boasting with history with plenty to see and do, set in the beautiful Norfolk Countryside.
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Harleston Museum
See artefacts relating to the life and times of the people of Harleston and the immediate surrounding parishes from pre-historic times to the present day
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Greyfriars Art Space
A place for artists to show case their fine art work, including exhibitions and events.
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Lower Wood
A stunning ancient woodland in Norwich, with beautiful scenery teaming with wildlife and various plants, trees and flowers.
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Caister Castle
A 15th century castle, now home to Britain's largest motor vehicle collection.
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RAF Airfields in Norfolk during the Second World War
WWII RAF Airfields
Norfolk was host to many RAF Airfields and their Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines during WWII
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Norfolk Whisky
Norfolk Whisky
Bottom Up! Sample a tot or two of Norfolk Finest Whisky
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History of the Fens
The Fens History
Known as ‘The Holy Land of the English’
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Famous Faces
Famous Faces
Famous Faces of Norfolk, some old, some new and some borrowed! All of them helped shape the history and culture of Norfolk
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Grand Estates in Norfolk
Grand Estates
Explore the finest Stately Homes and their Estates in Norfolk. A great day out for all the family
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USAAF WWII Air Bases
USAAF Air Bases
Just where did those USAAF chaps hang out in Norfolk during WWII?
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Cow Tower
A historic defence tower built in Norwich, a great tourist attraction.
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Swaffham Museum
An independent history museum, with displays from the stone age to modern day.
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Thetford Forest
Thetford Forest
Experience the quiet and the hubbub of this spectacular magical forest
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Norwich Snapshot
Norwich Snapshot
Norwich is a shopping mecca, a foodies paradise and a great place to explore
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Nelson's County
Nelson's County
Norfolk is a county that packs into it all that is British, with a diverse mix of heritage, history, culture and outdoor activities.
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Norfolk History
Norfolk History
Celtic Queens, Roman Empires, Saxon,Viking and Norman rule have all shaped this wonderful county.
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