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Historic Sites

Historic sites, parks and houses around the area shape a significant part of the landscape and contain country houses of great variety.  A selection of these are included here and to find more about Historic sites in Norfolk visit www.heritage.norfolk.gov.uk.  

Norfolk's past

Flint tools made by hunter-gatherers are the earliest evidence of human occupation and use of the area, dating back to around half a million years ago. More recent archaeological evidence, following the end of the last Ice Age about 10,000 years ago, is more plentiful. Artefacts and sites from the Mesolithic period (about 10,000 to 6,000 years ago) and Neolithic period (about 6,000 to 4,000 years ago) have been discovered. The Bronze Age (about 4,000 to 2,700 years ago) is well represented, with numerous burial mounds and the famous timber circle at Holme-next-the-Sea, discovered in the late 1990s. Iron Age forts and treasures, Roman forts and villas and Saxon settlements and cemeteries enrich the picture, which continues through medieval times with the development of fishing and trading ports and villages into more recent history and the development of seaside resorts in the 19th century.

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Binham Priory The Priory Church of St Mary and the Holy Cross built of local flint and Barnack limestone.

Blakeney Guildhall  Blakeney was the third most important port in Norfolk when the Guildhall was built in the 15th century

Blickling Hall  An impressive Jacobean house with nearly 5000 acres of grounds open to the public

Castle Rising  12th Century castle is amongst the finest surviving examples in the country

Creake Abbey  English Heritage site accesible to the public all year round and free of charge

Felbrigg Hall  National Trust property open to the pubic.Built before the Norman conquest

Holkham Hall  Hall, gardens and parkland in a thriving 25,000-acre agricultural estate

Houghton Hall Privately owned country house with white fallow deer herd

Paston Paston heritage - Paston letters, Paston Great Barn and Paston Church

Voewood House  Privately owned house of the Arts & Crafts movement

Warham Camp  A late Iron Age multivallate hillfort

Waxham Great Barn  The longest thatched barn in the country