With uninterrupted views of rolling
hills that are punctuated by a single landmark, the
white sails of Great Bircham windmill. The windmill is
fully restored and is now a tourist attraction, with tea
rooms, bakery and cycle hire.
Inland by some ten miles is the market town of Fakenham or for a visit to
a busy seaside resort try Hunstanton,
a pleasing Victorian seaside resort with a long
promenade and all the facilities and shops one might
need. Here you will find firm sandy beaches and numerous
rock pools and dramatic striped cliffs, best seen at the
northern end of the Promenade where the 1830 lighthouse
stands beside the ruins of St. Edmunds Chapel.
For a meal out try The Kings Head Hotel at Bircham, that
cater for a family meal, an intimate dinner or just
afternoon tea and cakes.
Houghton Hall built for Nelson's great, great
uncle Sir Robert Walpole, the first Prime Minister of
Great Britain, who bequeathed 10 Downing Street to the
nation is not far away, and open to the public.
Down the road is the Royal Estate of Sandringham, purchased
by Queen Victoria in 1861 for Edward VII as he didn't
like Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. The Queen and
other members of the Royal family are often in
residence, particularly at Christmas.
The estate and surrounding country park
consists of 7000 acres. The original Georgian house was
pulled down and replaced by a new building in the
Jacobean style to which a lavish turreted ballroom and
rooms for bowls and billiards were later
attached. The Royal family has set many trends at
Sandringham. In 1900, King Edward VII, was the first
British monarch to own and drive a motor car here, and
in 1932 King George V made the first radio broadcast,
live from Sandringham.