Nature & Wildlife in Norfolk

African Violet and Garden Centre

African Violet and Garden Centre - King's Lynn

A beautiful insight into the world of African violet care and cultivation, this nursery has a vast display of plants in various stages of growth.

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Amazona Zoo

Amazona Zoo - Cromer

Set in secluded grounds in Cromer on the beautiful North Norfolk Coast, Amazona Zoo is a unique and fun day out for the whole family - home to over 200 animals from tropical South America, including jaguars, monkeys, peccaries, otters, owls, macaws, parrots, capuchins, spiders, snakes, flamingos, rheas, guinea pigs, iguanas, caimans, pumas and tapirs.

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Banham Zoo

Banham Zoo - Banham

Voted best large attraction in the Tourism in Norfolk Awards 2010, Banham Zoo is a fun-filled family day out and home to over 1000 animals from around the world.

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Blakeney Point

Blakeney Point - Blakeney Norfolk's Top Ten

A paradise for all kinds of wildlife, this three and a half mile stretch of sand and shingle is most famed as a breeding ground for common and grey seals. Part of one of the largest unspoilt areas of coastline in Europe, there are habitats such as pristine saltmarsh, tidal creeks, freshwater marsh and sand dunes to explore, as well as unbeatable coastal views. Several boat trips head out to catch the enigmatic seals frolicking in the waves.

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Boudicca  Way

Boudicca Way - Pulham Market

This beautiful 36 mile footpath runs from Norwich to Diss on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, passing by the Roman settlement of Venta Icenorum and many picturesque South Norfolk villages.

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Bradenham Hall Gardens & Arboretum

Bradenham Hall Gardens & Arboretum - Thetford

27 acres of fine gardens and an arboretum with 850 species of trees, shrubs and roses, with spectacular views over rolling farmland.

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Church Farm Rare Breeds Centre

Church Farm Rare Breeds Centre - Downham Market

A wide variety of tame animals and their young at close quarters, with nature walks, gardens, adventure playground and tractor rides.

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Cley Marshes (Norfolk Wildlife Trust)

Cley Marshes (Norfolk Wildlife Trust) - Cley-next-the-Sea

At Norfolk's oldest nature reserve, shingle beach and saline lagoons support a wonderful array of birdlife, with outstanding views from the eco-friendly visitor centre.

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East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens

East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens - East Ruston

Fabulous range of creatively designed themed gardens and courtyards, home to a vast array of rare and unusual plants, many of which are for sale.

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Ecotech Centre

Ecotech Centre - Swaffham

Exhibition area, education centre, organic garden, heritage orchard, gift shop and cafe at the UK's first multi-megawatt wind turbine.

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Fairhaven Garden

Fairhaven Garden - South Walsham

131 acres of beautiful ancient woodland, water gardens and a private broad with unique plantings and renowned for its fabulous collection of candelabra primulas – the best naturalised collection in the UK .

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Fritton Lake Outdoor Centre

Fritton Lake Outdoor Centre - Fritton

Family outdoor centre for activities and sports on Fritton Lake, one of Norfolk's loveliest stretches of water.

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Gooderstone Water Gardens & Nature Trail

Gooderstone Water Gardens & Nature Trail - King's Lynn

Six acres of delightful gardens with 13 bridges, a natural trout stream, nature trail, kingfisher hide, grass paths and tea rooms.

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Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse - Gressenhall

Museum of life on the land in an historic workhouse in 50 acres of unspoilt grounds, home to rare breed and traditional farm animals.

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Hickling Broad (Norfolk Wildlife Trust)

Hickling Broad (Norfolk Wildlife Trust) - Hickling

The largest expanse of open water on the magnificent Broads, and a haven for rare plants and animals, with a 60ft tree tower for peerless views.

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Hillside Shire Horse Sanctuary

Hillside Shire Horse Sanctuary - West Runton

Five breeds of heavy horses, other rescued animals, Farming Bygones Museums, Blacksmith Days and a children's play and activity area.

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Holkham Beach

Holkham Beach - Holkham Norfolk's Top Ten

Few beaches in Britain can claim to have doubled as the Caribbean, but such is the beauty of the expanse of open white-gold sands at Holkham Bay that this gem on a coastline of outstanding natural beauty pulled off the feat effortlessly in the closing scenes of Shakespeare in Love. Voted the country's finest by Coast Magazine, the beach also offers pine woods, rare species of flora and fauna, and a spectacular shallow lagoon at high tide.

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Holme Dunes (Norfolk Wildlife Trust)

Holme Dunes (Norfolk Wildlife Trust) - Holme-next-the-Sea

Breathtaking landscape of coastal habitats, including intertidal sand and mud, sand and shingle bars, saltmarsh, sand dune and grazing marshes, home to an abundance of wildlife.

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Hoveton Hall Gardens

Hoveton Hall Gardens - Hoveton

Lovely 15 acre garden that mixes formal and informal plantings across the seasons, including spring bulbs, rhododendrons and azaleas.

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Iceni Village Nature Reserve & Museums

Iceni Village Nature Reserve & Museums - Swaffham

Fascinating recreation of a village occupied by the pre-Roman Iceni tribe, also features a nature trail and traditional farming museum.

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Lynford Arboretum

Lynford Arboretum - Thetford

Delightfully tranquil area, formerly part of the Lynford Hall Estate in the heart of Thetford Forest, with over 200 species of tree and lakes nearby.

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Mannington Gardens

Mannington Gardens - Norwich

Delightful countryside around the family properties of Lord and Lady Walpole, with trails, gardens, rose and plant sales and special events.

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Narborough Fisheries

Narborough Fisheries - Narborough

27 acre complex set in the wonderful Nar Valley, often featured on TV, with private trout lakes, all-year fly fishing, fish farm, smokery and nature walk.

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Norfolk Lavender

Norfolk Lavender - Heacham

The fragrant lavender fields, museum, distillery and an imaginative gift shop pay a unique homage to one of England’s favourite flowers.

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Peddars Way/Norfolk Coast Path

Peddars Way/Norfolk Coast Path - Norfolk-wide Norfolk's Top Ten

These two National Trails converge at Holme-next-the-Sea and between them cover a wealth of breathtaking scenery. Peddars Way is a Roman road commencing in Suffolk and covering unique Brecks and rolling farmland. The Norfolk Coast Path, recent winner of the Joules award for Best Coastal Path in Britain, charts a course through some of the most unspoilt and dramatic coastal views in Europe, including sand dunes, saltmarshes, extensive sandy beaches, numerous nature reserves and timeless flint villages.

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Pensthorpe Nature Reserve

Pensthorpe Nature Reserve - Fakenham

Voted Norfolk’s Best Visitor Attraction in 2009, and host to BBC’s Springwatch, Pensthorpe offers an unforgettable day out for lovers of nature and wildlife.

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Peter Beales Roses

Peter Beales Roses - Attleborough

These glorious rose gardens are a must for enthusiasts, with over three acres of RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winning varieties and a well-stocked shop and bistro.

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Plantation Garden

Plantation Garden - Norwich

Near the city centre a magical Victorian secret garden has been restored to reveal exotic plants, an Italianate terrace and a Gothic alcove .

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Priory Maze & Gardens

Priory Maze & Gardens - Sheringham

In the atmospheric setting of the ruined Beeston Priory, enchanting natural gardens and Norfolk’s only traditional hedge maze.

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Ranworth Broad (Norfolk Wildlife Trust)

Ranworth Broad (Norfolk Wildlife Trust) - Ranworth

One of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s most visited nature reserves with informative boardwalks, boat trips, and a floating vistors' centre with magical views over the peaceful Broad.

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