Down in history

From the north-east, where 850,000-year-old footprints were found, to the north-west, where a ring of timbers was dated to 2049 BC, North Norfolk’s rich heritage is well documented.

Among the many historic places visitors can still enjoy today are:

Castles, such as Castle Rising, near King’s Lynn – one of the most famous 12th century castles in England, its stone keep is among the finest surviving examples of its kind

Manor houses, such as Baconsthorpe Castle, near Holt – a moated and fortified 15th century manor house, with a gatehouse thought to have been built during the Wars of the Roses

Round-towered churches – generally from the Anglo-Saxon and Norman periods and including Roughton, Little Snoring, Burnham Norton and Burnham Deepdale

Ruins, such as Castle Acre Priory, near Swaffham – dating back to 1090, this is one of the largest and best preserved monastic sites in England Stately homes and halls – each with its own intriguing history and including such magnificent buildings as Blickling Hall, Felbrigg Hall, Holkham Hall and Sandringham