VISITING NORFOLK: A TRIP TO THE COUNTRYSIDE
Contrary to the grandiosity and the modern street life of mainstream United Kingdom, there are wonders hidden in the simple and quiet suburbs of other low-lying counties. And one of these counties rich in history and culture would be Norfolk.
Norfolk is a serene little county located at East Anglia, United Kingdom, devoid of the city noises and traffic jams. Among all the 34 non-metropolitan English counties, it ranks 7th in the most populated and the fourth largest. The main areas in Norfolk include Norwich, Kings Lynn, Great Yarmouth, Ipswich and Downham Market. Norfolk is a county with no motorway, and the major transportation that they use are trains. They have 659 medieval churches which is the highest church concentration in the world, making it a must see for a historic traveler. It is said that Norfolk is the driest county in UK, but even then, that notion is challenged by the beautiful landscapes all around it
What mostly greets a skeptical traveler in Norfolk is a variety of sights such as beautiful villages, historic buildings and churches, spans of pristine beaches and rivers, and a breathtaking view of a genuine countryside. This makes Norfolk one of the most potential tourist attractions in the UK lowlands.
As the nature-friendly county that it is, Norfolk makes good use of its treasures. Their animal wildlife are very much preserved and there are various animal reserves that tourists can visit anytime. Families are always welcome to visit their zoo parks like the Banham Zoo, the Church Farm, the Oasis Camel Centre, Redwings Visitor Centre, Snettisham Park and the Thrigby wildlife Gardens. Their Pentsthorpe Nature Reserve and Gardens is also an award-winning attraction for those who want to commune with nature, and experience real outdoor fun with open trails, lakes, bird feeding, pond dipping and in their famous Bug Walk.
Various theme parks like the Aylsham Fun Barns, Bewilderwood, Dinosaur Adventure Park, Fritton Lake are also frequent crowd drawers that never fail to give everyone a good time. The Fairhaven Woodland & Water Gardens prides itself with a 131 acre garden, with a 950 year old oak tree, wild cultivated flowers and shrubs. Birds, butterflies and dragon flies are all set free in their natural habitat much to the delight of visiting people, all of these in 3 miles of woodland and walks.
Of course, Norfolk will not be Norfolk without its historic sites and marvelous churches. The Castle Acre Priory in Swaffham, Norfolk, is one of the best and largest monastic sites in England. The Holkham Hall in Wells-next-the-sea is of Britain’s most majestic stately homes, situated in the heart of a deer park on the beautiful Norfolk North Coast. This hall is a classic 18th century Palladian mansion and is one of the greatest living treasures rich in artistic and architectural history. Also, the second largest Catholic Cathedral in the UK is found in Norwich, Norfolk. It has become the Mother Church of the New Diocese of East Anglia in 1976 after nearly a century as a parish church of the Catholic Community.
Having all these, Norfolk is a hundred and one percent rich in resources and it has so much more to show. A trip to this calm yet joyous piece of land recreates a whole new dimension of English aesthetic pride.