The Town of Holt in Norfolk

Holt Norfolk Holidays

A visitors guide to the inland town of Holt in Norfolk. Holt is a Georgian town in miniature a place that attracts the discerning shopper with its antique and unusual gift shops. Shops which are contained in a puzzle of streets and alleyways fanning out from the main High Street, yet all within easy walking distance of each other.

It's a fascinating mix of antiques, curios collectables as well as traditional emporiums. Holt is the place to go to if you're looking for that special something either for the house or as a present.

Holt enjoys more than its fair share of attractive tea and coffee shops serving wedges of home made cake, temptingly filled sandwiches and light lunches for the hungry consumer.

The heart of Holt is very picturesque comprising of a jumble of attractive colour washed Georgian buildings with many of those in the market square listed as 'of architectural importance'. 

Additional attractions are the North Norfolk Steam Railway sited outside the main thoroughfare, accessed either by foot or bus which will whisk you away to the seaside resort of Sheringham and on the west side of town, Holt Park, a one hundred acre park of woods and heath land with a latticework of varying length paths. 

Mention the town of Holt and most people think of Gresham's School with its well-deserved reputation of excellence that was founded in 1555. Here is also housed the Auden Theatre with a wide range of musical and dramatic events throughout the year encompassing contributions from both the pupils and professional companies.

On the River Glaven sits the last remaining fully functioning working watermill in Norfolk built in 1802. The mill has working demonstrations and tours. You can see the miller and his staff making flour using traditional methods, whilst giving a running commentary. Helpful staff are always on hand and are happy to answer any questions. Eleven types of flour are produced, ranging from the best-selling unbleached, untreated white, to organic wholewheat stoneground and the rare Spelt flour. These flours are sold locally to local bakeries, healthfood shops, hotels and teashops and at the Mill Shop on site. 

One for the calendar - Most places look inviting at Christmas time but the town of Holt takes it one stage further and festoons its town centre with twinkling white fairy lights creating a truly festive winter wonderland. 

For Norfolk or Suffolk Cottage Accommodation - Click the Self Catering Link.s. Holt existed as a town before the Norman invasion and is recorded in the doomsday book of 1086. However, a great fire destroyed much of the town in 1708 and Holt was therefore rebuilt in the style of that time, which was Georgian.

For Norfolk or Suffolk Holiday Accommodation - Click the Accommodation Link.s. At the north end of the High Street near Holt's church is a Pineapple Obelisk, which is reputed to be a gatepost from Melton Constable Park. This was relocated to Holt and therefore the mileages inscribed on the column are said to be wrong for Holt.

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