Nine beautiful places a 30-minute drive from Norwich
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Norwich is surrounded by beautiful countryside. Here are nine of our favourite places around 30 minutes from the city by car.
• Ranworth Broad
Comprising of three hectares of wet grassland and woodland and scrub, Ranworth Broad holds many attractions for its visitors including an informative boardwalk and floating Broads Wildlife Centre which provides visitors with panoramic views across the water, as well as a free exhibition on the creation and development of the Norfolk Broads.
• Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden
Created by Major Henry Broughton, Fairhaven Woodland and Water is a 130-acre organic garden with three miles worth of fully accessible paths to walk along, eye-catching spring-time flower displays and daily boat trips.
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• Blickling Estate
Widely accepted as the birthplace of Anne Boleyn, the grand hall at the head of the estate is rich in history, making it not only a great sight to see, but also an interesting site of education. Spend a day taking a tour of the house, catching the costumed performers and exploring the secret garden.
• East Ruston Old Vicarage
Open from March to October, and located close to the sea, these gardens are made up of a mixture of exotic plants, unusual themes and interesting sculptures. Take a romantic stroll through the Rose Garden or lose yourself for a while in the woodland section.
• Happisburgh Lighthouse
A little over half an hour away from Norwich, you will find the oldest working lighthouse in East Anglia. Happisburgh Lighthouse was built in 1790 and sits on high ground, providing stunning views across the surrounding countryside areas and coast line.
• The Marriott's Way
The 26-mile footpath, bridleway and cycle route runs between Norwich and Aylsham and showcases some of the best parts of Norfolk's countryside. The finishing point, Aylsham is a quaint, historical town filled with 18th century buildings, interesting shops and tearooms. A great place to spend a leisurely afternoon away from the big city.
• Wymondham Abbey
The Abbey was founded in 1107 as a community of Benedictine monks and today serves as Wymondham's Anglican Parish Church. Steeped in history and showcasing beautiful architecture this is a nice venue to visit come rain or shine.
• Raveningham Estate and Gardens
Raveningham is a traditional rural Estate located south of Norwich, home to Sir Nicholas and Lady Bacon. The Hall boasts ten acres of beautiful Edwardian style gardens that are open to the public from April to August.
• St Benet's Abbey
A site of inspiration for many artists and photographers over the years, St Benet's Abbey is a unique combination of the ruins of a gatehouse and mill. Situated away from roads and other buildings in the depths of Broadland, surrounded by vast open sky, the area is extremely atmospheric and tranquil, making it the ideal place to go to get away from the modern world.
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