New audio tour brings Oxburgh Hall, near Swaffham, to life for blind and partially-sighted visitors

A new audio tour of a medieval manor house will bring it to life for blind and partially-sighted visitors.

The National Trust has worked with the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind (NNAB) on the project, which aims to help visitors to Oxburgh Hall near Swaffham explore the moated hall and its gardens independently.

The recordings help to capture the size, colour and unique atmosphere of each room while a garden tour described the kitchen garden, orchard, key features of the grounds and the chapel, including excerpts from former head gardeners.

Mark Smith, the NNAB's leisure co-ordinator, said: 'This audio tour truly brings alive the splendour and historical significance of Oxburgh Hall for people with sight loss. There's a lot of tactile pleasure to be had anyway from visiting, but the guide simply lifts that to a new dimension and enhances the visitor experience.

'It explains about the paintings and furnishings, and essentially levels the playing field for blind people because they are not dependent on sighted people to help them discover the colour and character of one of Norfolk's finest medieval halls.

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'We are sincerely grateful to the National Trust for making this project a reality.'

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