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Norfolk has a wide variety of tourist attractions for your perfect family day out, including zoo's, theme parks, halls, gardens and train/boat trips

An Introduction to Tourist Attractions in Norfolk

Banham Zoo Giraffe
Bressingham Steam and Gardens
Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach
Oxburgh Hall
Bewilderwood Treehouse

Norfolk has more than its fair share of fabulous tourist attractions which make a great family day out. Many are open all year round and hold themed events throughout the season, especially in the school holidays. In total over 100 tourist attractions cater for every taste including theme parks, museums, wildlife & zoo's, art & crafts, steam train rides & boat trips, castles, stately homes and gardens, plus many more!
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Here is our Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Norfolk


Banham Zoo
Situated in south Norfolk, Banham Zoo is the largest zoo in the region and is home to around 2000 animals and birds. Residents include apes, monkeys, lemurs, tigers, leopards, cheetah, wolf, panda, giraffe, zebra, camel, deer, kangaroo, waterfowl and birds of prey. The zoo is spread over 50 acres, with both indoor and outdoor animal enclosures, plus children's activity and play areas. A road train saves tired legs and takes visitors on a journey around the zoo. There is also a restaurant and gift shop. Open all year.
Banham Zoo Giraffe
Giraffe at Banham Zoo
   
BeWILDerWood
Set in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, Bewilderwood is a treehouse adventure gives kids of all ages the ability to run wild and play outdoors. They can climb, slide and crawl through an array of forest equipment, set out in acres of woodland near Horning. The park is themed around a series of books written by Bewilderwood's owner, Tom Blofeld. The books are stories of magical forest creatures such as Boggles, Swampy, Mildred the Crocklebog, Thornyclod, Bewilderbats and many more! All these creatures can be found in the park. Bewilderwood is a great day out and there is plenty of places for parents to have a coffee or a snack while their children play.
Bewilderwood Treehouse
Colourful tree houses at Bewilderwood
   
Bressingham Steam and Gardens
Bressingham Steam and Gardens is a unique combination of beautiful gardens and steam railways. The gardens are renowned worldwide for their horticultural excellence. Privately owned by the Bloom family, Adrian Bloom and his father Alan have each created a six acre garden, the Dell and Foggy Bottom. Together with four linking gardens, there are now 8,000 species and varieties on display in 17 acres. Running around and through the gardens are four narrow gauge steam railway lines of various lengths. You will also find many railway and steam themed exhibits, including a fully working gallopers ride. If that was not enough, there is also the official Dad's Army exhibition, with a re-created street from Walmington-on-Sea.
Bressingham Steam and Gardens
The Garden Line at Bressingham Steam and Gardens
   
East Ruston Old Vicarage
East Ruston Old Vicarage is one of the most remarkable and enjoyable gardens in Britain. It is located quite close to the sea and well protected from the full blast of the wind by dense wind breaks, making it possible to grow remarkably tender plants. Clustering about the Arts and Crafts Vicarage, walled and hedged compartments vary strongly in mood from cool formality to explosions of colour and form. Sculptures, lavishly planted pots and finely detailed walls and gates also play their decorative part.
East Ruston Gardens
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Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach
Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach is one of the top ten free entry attractions in the UK. This 9 acre seafront funfair tourist attraction has over 70 rides and attractions, including 20 large rides as well as crazy golf courses, water attractions, kiddie rides and some white knuckle classics. Entry is free, with payment by wrist band and tokens. A road train or horse drawn carriages takes visitors from Britannia Pier down to the Pleasure Beach and back.
Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach
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Oxburgh Hall
From the outside, Oxburgh Hall looks imperious, perhaps even unfriendly. It sits within a moat, guarded by a fortified Tudor gatehouse. But this isn't a military fortress, it's a home. The same family, the Bedingfelds, have been living here since the 15th century. The building tells their ancestors' stories. The needlework hangings were created by Mary, Queen of Scots, the King's Room once hosted Henry VII and the secret trapdoor was used by persecuted Catholic priests. Climb up to the roof for views of the Victorian greenhouse, the flower gardens and rest of the Norfolk countryside.
Oxburgh Hall
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North Norfolk Railway
Running from Sheringham on the North Norfolk Coast, to the Georgian town of Holt, via Weybourne, is the North Norfolk Railway. When British Rail closed the line to Melton Constable in 1965, the M&GN Preservation Society was established and purchased the line and leased the old station. After raising £14,000 by the sale of shares the North Norfolk Railway was born and ran its first steam service in 1976. The Poppy Line as it is known, operates a variety of steam and diesel locomotives on a daily scheduled service (seasonal).
North Norfolk Railway
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Pensthorpe Natural Park
Pensthorpe Natural Park is a wildlife nature reserve, situated near Fakenham. It consists of a series of lakes, paths and gardens. The site is located in the River Wensum valley which acts as a migration corridor attracting migrating birds from Europe and Africa. A visit to Pensthorpe will obviously appeal to bird lovers, but also to walkers and gardeners. Families are also attracted to Pensthorpe by additions such as animal enclosures (eg Red Squirrel) and the large natural play area.
Pensthorpe Natural Park
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Sandringham Estate
Sandringham is the country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen, and has been the private home of 4 generations of British monarchs since 1862. The house, set in 60 acres of stunning gardens, is perhaps the most famous stately home in the East of England and is at the heart of the much larger Sandringham Estate, including woodland, heath and Country Park, open to the public free of charge every day of the year. Thousands of visitors each year come to see the House, Museum and Gardens or just to enjoy the Country Park; so enjoying Sandringham is not just for the Royal Family!
Sandringham House and Lake
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Wroxham Barns
Wroxham Barns is a working craft centre, where crafts people demonstrate their skills in individual studios and you can chat to them as they work. Studios include stained glass, pottery, colourful children's clothes and real Norfolk cider! You can purchase a range of unique products exclusive to Wroxham Barns and many of the crafts people undertake private commissions. Wroxham Barns also contains an excellent Junior Farm, a Children's Funfair, a 18-hole championship mini-golf course, as well as a country food shop and a lovely restaurant. Open all year.
Wroxham Barns
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