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Houses Of The Fens & Broads

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  • Duration: 5 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS9058

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

5 days

Heritage 2021

PRICE FROM ? £625 per person
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Itinerary

Description

Mysterious and magical, the unique landscapes of the Fens and the Norfolk Broads, with their vast skies, stunning waterways and idyllic countryside, are home to a plethora of historic homes. We explore many of these fine houses, from Anne Boleyn’s atmospheric Blickling Hall to Her Majesty the Queen’s much-loved Sandringham, and have the chance to admire the striking scenery with a cruise along the meandering Broads and a nostalgic journey on a heritage railway, taking us back to times gone by.

Itinerary

Excursion One – King’s Lynn & Sandringham Estate
We start the morning with free time in King’s Lynn. Once one of England’s most important ports, the town’s history dates back to the 12th century and beyond. The legacy of this rich past is a fascinating maritime heritage and an incredible array of historic buildings where fine old merchants’ houses stretch down to the river between cobbled lanes and the iconic Custom House, an elegant 17th-century merchants’ exchange, overlooks the harbour.

Next, we visit the house, gardens and museum of the Sandringham Estate, the country retreat of Her Majesty the Queen. There’s free time for lunch here before we have time to explore the estate. Built in 1870, Sandringham has been the privatehome of four generations of British monarchs. The interiors boast many astonishing exhibits such as an important collection of oriental arms and armour while the walls are hung with family portraits by leading contemporary court painters. The mostly informal gardens include woodland walks, rockeries, magnificent sweeping lawns, lakes and the more formal North Garden. The museum, housed in the former coach houses and stable block, holds extraordinary collections of Royal vehicles, rare ceramics, photographs and memorabilia.

Excursion Two – Blickling Hall, Bure Valley Railway, Norfolk Broads Cruise & Wroxham
Our first stop this morning is at Blickling Hall, one of Britain’s finest Jacobean houses, set at the heart of a magnificent garden and historic park. We have time to explore both above and below stairs including the superb 18th-century Long Gallery, home to the biggest library collection in the National Trust. There’s little doubt that Blickling’s Boleyn connections (not least tales of Anne Boleyn’s headless ghost) add hugely to the atmosphere here.

Afterwards, we travel the short distance to Aylsham where we enjoy a nostalgic trip on the heritage Bure Valley Railway, Norfolk’s longest narrow gauge railway, meandering for nine miles through the pretty Bure Valley countryside to the bustling town of Wroxham.


From here, we embark on a scenic boat cruise along the Norfolk Broads, a unique and beautiful landscape of shallow lakes and rivers, passing lovely thatched cottages, windmills, ancient churches and reed beds while spotting some of the area’s unique wildlife along the way.

We arrive back in Wroxham where there’s free time to explore the ‘Capital of the Norfolk Broads’ with its abundance of eateries, shops and the famous Roys of Wroxham which claims to be ‘The World’s Largest Village Store’.

Excursion Three – Peckover House, Wisbech & Oxburgh Hall
We head to the Fenland town of Wisbech to visit Peckover House, home of the Peckovers, a family of Quaker bankers, collectors and philanthropists, for 150 years. Facets from all aspects of their fascinating life can be seen throughout this elegant Georgian merchant’s town house, with many interesting artefacts and objects. Outside is a wonderful Victorian walled garden, created by the Peckovers.

After our visit, we enjoy lunch together at a pub in Wisbech before making our way to Oxburgh Hall. This romantic moated manor house has been home to the Catholic Bedingfield family since the 15
th century and charts their precarious history from medieval austerity to neo-Gothic Victorian splendour. Look out for the 16th-century priest’s hole as well as the intricate embroidery crafted by Mary, Queen of Scots. Other fascinating features include the Catholic High Victorian interiors – some of the best remaining examples in the country.

Itinerary

Excursion One – King’s Lynn & Sandringham Estate
We start the morning with free time in King’s Lynn. Once one of England’s most important ports, the town’s history dates back to the 12th century and beyond. The legacy of this rich past is a fascinating maritime heritage and an incredible array of historic buildings where fine old merchants’ houses stretch down to the river between cobbled lanes and the iconic Custom House, an elegant 17th-century merchants’ exchange, overlooks the harbour.

Next, we visit the house, gardens and museum of the Sandringham Estate, the country retreat of Her Majesty the Queen. There’s free time for lunch here before we have time to explore the estate. Built in 1870, Sandringham has been the privatehome of four generations of British monarchs. The interiors boast many astonishing exhibits such as an important collection of oriental arms and armour while the walls are hung with family portraits by leading contemporary court painters. The mostly informal gardens include woodland walks, rockeries, magnificent sweeping lawns, lakes and the more formal North Garden. The museum, housed in the former coach houses and stable block, holds extraordinary collections of Royal vehicles, rare ceramics, photographs and memorabilia.

Excursion Two – Blickling Hall, Bure Valley Railway, Norfolk Broads Cruise & Wroxham
Our first stop this morning is at Blickling Hall, one of Britain’s finest Jacobean houses, set at the heart of a magnificent garden and historic park. We have time to explore both above and below stairs including the superb 18th-century Long Gallery, home to the biggest library collection in the National Trust. There’s little doubt that Blickling’s Boleyn connections (not least tales of Anne Boleyn’s headless ghost) add hugely to the atmosphere here.

Afterwards, we travel the short distance to Aylsham where we enjoy a nostalgic trip on the heritage Bure Valley Railway, Norfolk’s longest narrow gauge railway, meandering for nine miles through the pretty Bure Valley countryside to the bustling town of Wroxham.


From here, we embark on a scenic boat cruise along the Norfolk Broads, a unique and beautiful landscape of shallow lakes and rivers, passing lovely thatched cottages, windmills, ancient churches and reed beds while spotting some of the area’s unique wildlife along the way.

We arrive back in Wroxham where there’s free time to explore the ‘Capital of the Norfolk Broads’ with its abundance of eateries, shops and the famous Roys of Wroxham which claims to be ‘The World’s Largest Village Store’.

Excursion Three – Peckover House, Wisbech & Oxburgh Hall
We head to the Fenland town of Wisbech to visit Peckover House, home of the Peckovers, a family of Quaker bankers, collectors and philanthropists, for 150 years. Facets from all aspects of their fascinating life can be seen throughout this elegant Georgian merchant’s town house, with many interesting artefacts and objects. Outside is a wonderful Victorian walled garden, created by the Peckovers.

After our visit, we enjoy lunch together at a pub in Wisbech before making our way to Oxburgh Hall. This romantic moated manor house has been home to the Catholic Bedingfield family since the 15
th century and charts their precarious history from medieval austerity to neo-Gothic Victorian splendour. Look out for the 16th-century priest’s hole as well as the intricate embroidery crafted by Mary, Queen of Scots. Other fascinating features include the Catholic High Victorian interiors – some of the best remaining examples in the country.

Self Drive Bullets

  • 4 nights at the 3-star Dragonfly Hotel, King’s Lynn with dinner & breakfast
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to King’s Lynn, Sandringham Estate, Blickling Hall, Wroxham, Peckover House & Oxburgh Hall
  • Heritage train journey on the Bure Valley Railway
  • Boat cruise on the Norfolk Broads
  • Lunch* in a Wisbech pub
  • Themed evening talk by a guest speaker
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

    *Please inform us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements.

Coach Bullets

  • Return coach travel
  • 4 nights at the 3-star Dragonfly Hotel, King’s Lynn with dinner & breakfast
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to King’s Lynn, Sandringham Estate, Blickling Hall, Wroxham, Peckover House & Oxburgh Hall
  • Heritage train journey on the Bure Valley Railway
  • Boat cruise on the Norfolk Broads
  • Lunch* in a Wisbech pub
  • Themed evening talk by a guest speaker
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

    *Please inform us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements.

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  • 4 nights at the 3-star Dragonfly Hotel, King’s Lynn with dinner & breakfast
  • Visits to King’s Lynn, Sandringham Estate, Blickling Hall, Wroxham, Peckover House & Oxburgh Hall
  • Heritage train journey on the Bure Valley Railway
  • Boat cruise on the Norfolk Broads
  • Lunch* in a Wisbech pub
  • Themed evening talk by a guest speaker
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

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Dragonfly Hotel

The Dragonfly Hotel is a modern hotel located on the outskirts of the market town of King’s Lynn. Recently refurbished, the hotel offers comfortable bedrooms with Freeview TV and tea and coffee-making facilities, a bar and restaurant plus free Wi-Fi.

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