A picturesquemarket town built on a strong wool trade, today it is still full of character and has a bustling and lively community. The Market Cross is the centre piece of the town, with the weekly farmers market taking place here with local produce and crafts. There are plenty of traditional pubs and cosy cafes to choose from throughout the town.
Visitors can explore the narrow medieval streets and many historic buildings including Tudor shop fronts and cottages. The Wymondham Heritage Museum has fascinating displays of the life and times of the market town; this building itself in its past has also been a prison, police station and magistrate’s court.
The abbey is over 900 years old and the twin belfrys tower above the town, over the years there have been addtions to the abbey such as the 18th century organ and the beamed roof carved with hundreds of angels. The local train station is ideal for a day trip to Norwich, and has a station themed restaurant.
Also in the local area is the St Georges Distillery where tours are run of the whisky distillery and barrel warehouse. Banham Zoo has over 50 acres of gardens and nature trails, there are hundreds of exotic animals, reptiles and birds of prey. They have an education centre about their conservation projects, art gallery with gift shop and play area for children.
Located on the east coast of England, facing Europe across the North Sea, Norfolk is one of the UK's most rural counties, with over forty percent of its population living in just four towns – Norwich, Great Yarmouth, King's Lynn and Thetford. Adjacent to The Wash, in whose mud the medieval King John famously lost the Crown Jewels in 1216, Norfolk's geography is that of low plains or “fens”, which makes it along with neighbouring Suffolk feel more like northern countries of European mainland (Belgium and Holland) than the rest of England which is predominantly hilly.
In a similar way to that of the “low countries”, erosion and land reclamation have changed the coastline over the centuries, so that several towns (King's Lynn, for instance) which were once on the coast are now to be found several miles inland! The whole set-up makes for some very interesting topography as well as history and Norfolk is, for this reason, an interesting county to visit, almost as if it was a different country altogether!
East of England
This region includes the ceremonial counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Essex, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. With a rich heritage there is much to see and do to suit all ages. The royal residency of Sandringham Estate is a must see and other historical points of interest include Castle Rising, Sutton Hoo and Somerleyton Hall. The medieval cities of Cambridge, Norwich and Ipswich are not to be missed and there are lots of pretty market towns and idyllic seaside resorts to choose from for a day trip. Alternatively for a slower paced holiday you may wish to visit The Broads or Thetford Forest, these areas are particularly popular for boating and spotting birdlife.