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Cromer - A bracing, fashionable seaside resort on the cliffs, among the pine woods and heather commons. There are extensive sands and a submerged forest. Lifeboat museum in Victorian cottages. Nearby is the Shire Horse Centre and 17th century Felbrigg Hall.

Fakenham - Fakenham is a thriving market town on the river Wensum, surrounded by beautiful countryside, only nine miles from the North Norfolk coast. It has its own racecourse for National Hunt racing. 18th century houses surround the market place.

Harleston - Attractive small town in South Norfolk on the river Waveney. Many Georgian houses, and two market places. There are former coaching inns and a small local museum. The best building in the town is the large early Georgian Candler's House.

Hunstanton - A delightfully bracing and dry seaside resort on the cliffs above the Wash, with fine sands and good bathing. In the old village are a good church and 16th century hall. Seal Observatory and hospital of the Kingdom of the Sea.

King's Lynn - King’s Lynn is an ancient seaport and market town near the Wash, on the Great Ouse. In medieval times, it was a walled town, but little remains of this today. However many buildings have survived the centuries, and some historic trades, like its port, are still operating.

To find out more about the history of the town, why not visit one of the museums? The Lynn Museum, True’s Yard and the Town Hall Museum of Lynn Life have displays documenting the history of the town and the surrounding area. To experience the heritage, visit St George’s Guildhall, which was built in the 15th century and is the largest surviving building of its type in the country.

Not far from King’s Lynn is one of the royal residences – Sandringham House. The house is open to the public, and there is also a museum and a country park.

Long Stratton - Long Stratton is the administrative centre of South Norfolk District, a town with a population of 3000 residents, but growing in size and importance. It now has two shopping precincts. The council offices are of striking design. Long Stratton's origins go back to a village built by the Romans in the first century AD.

Melton Constable - Eight miles west of Fakenham. Melton Hall is good example of 17th century mansion in style of Wren. Norman church with Astley family monuments. Nearby is the fairground museum of Thursford.

North Walsham - Medieval woollen and market town connected to the Norfolk Broads by its own canal. Nelson went to school here for a time. Fine church and market cross. Nearby is 17th century moated Blickling Hall.

Sandringham - NorfolkThe Queen's country home, a modern house standing in a big park of oaks in a country of gorse and heather and pines, near the north coast of Norfolk.

Sheringham - Twenty miles north of Norwich. Fashionable holiday resort in a hollow on a cliff summit, with good sands, and picturesque inland wooded scenery. Old fishing village. Old lifeboat preserved. Steam North Norfolk Railway runs inland to Holt.

Swaffham - A thriving market town on the northern edge of Breckland heaths and Thetford Forest where the rolling contours of North Norfolk unfold into the open landscape of the southern half of the County. The Market Cross provides the centrepiece of the spacious open market place, which is surrounded by elegant Georgian buildings. Nearby is the Norfolk Rural Life Museum at East Dereham.

Thetford - Principal market town of Breckland, the flat, largely wooded, heathland of south Norfolk. Built on the junction of the Thet and Little Ouse, on the edge of the heaths. Thomas Paine was born here. A number of picturesque old houses remind one of its former greatness. On Castle Hill is one of the finest earthworks in Britain, 1,000 feet round and 81 feet high. Only the gatehouse remains of the Cluniac Priory, founded in 1104, one of three, and three churches remain of twenty. The Danes had chosen Thetford to rule East Anglia and here too were based the Bishops of the region until 1091. The Guildhall is Jacobean. The Bell is a famous and ancient inn. Surrounding the town is Thetford Forest and nearby are Grimes Graves, prehistoric flint mines.

Walsingham - Village of Little Walsingham contains the remains of the shrine of the Virgin Mary - founded shortly before the Norman Conquest, and the later priory. Both destroyed in the Reformation. Modern shrines have been re-established during the 20th century. Priory grounds can be visited. There is a light steam railway between Wells and Little Walsingham. Nearby is the Thursford Collection of steam roundabouts and traditional funfair equipment.

Wells-Next-The-Sea - An ancient seaport with a quay at the end of a winding creek, and a long sea wall. Narrow streets and Georgian houses in town. Miniature railway and light steam railway to Little Walsingham. Nearby is the mansion, Holkham Hall with rich art collection and fine park. Endless stretch of sands and marshes fringed with pine woods. An ideal place for a quiet holiday.

Wymondham - Pronounced Windham. An interesting market town ten miles south west of Norwich. An ancient inn, the 14th century "Green Dragon" was one of the few buildings to survive a great fire in 1615. The very handsome church, once the nave of a Benedictine Abbey, has a tower at each end. The 17th century market cross, raised on pillars, is an octagonal wood and brick building of great interest. The Kett rebellion of 1549 was led by the Lord of the Manor, Robert Kett.

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