Of bricks and mortar

Here's our pick of the coastline's most outstanding heritage sites...

The private home of monarchs since 1862, this stunning house, set in 20,000 acres of land, is the is the Norfolk residence of HM The Queen.  Walk the parkland, explore the house when open, and keep an eye out for big events throughout the year.

Houghton Hall
Built in the 1720’s by Britain’s first Prime Minster, Lord Robert Walpole, this decadent house is set in a beautifully crafted estate.  Featuring an award-winning walled garden and sculptures by talent including Richard Long, the hall also hosts leading exhibitions that draw an international crowd.

Holkham Hall
It is rare to discover a hall such as Holkham’s, that comes with its own parkland, AONB and beach (so beautiful and vast that it attracts film directors and press coverage from around the world).  The 18th century Palladian Hall is still home to Lord and Lady Leicester, dons a grand Marble Hall and houses a unique and rather special programme of events throughout the year.

Felbrigg Hall
In the careful hands of The National Trust, Felbrigg Hall is rather modest in size compared to some of its counterparts, but more charming and loved for it.  An elegant country house with 520 acres of woodland and waymarked trails to explore, as well as a beautiful walled garden to inspire the green-fingered amongst us.

Cromer Pier
Previously awarded Pier of the Year, this Grade II Listed, Victorian Pier features the Pavilion Theatre – home to The Cromer Pier Show, the only end of the pier show of its kind in the world.  You can stop off for tea and cake, enjoy fish and chips whilst looking out to sea, or crab from the end of the pier.  Who knows what you might catch!

Happisburgh Lighthouse
Standing proud in all its red and white striped glory, this is the oldest working light in East Anglia and the only independently run lighthouse in Great Britain. Operated and maintained solely via voluntary contributions, the lighthouse is 85ft tall and was built back in 1790.

Hidden in the woods near the wild North Norfolk coast, there is an Arts & Crafts home with a Rock & Roll heart. Voewood, a private home, was designed by the architect Edward Prior in the early 1900s to grow organically from the land on which it stands.

One of the great architectural expressions of the Arts & Crafts movement, the historian Nikolaus Pevsner wrote that Voewood is 'a violently idiosyncratic house', a lead taken by current owner, rare book dealer Simon Finch, who restored the house creating eclectic interiors handcrafted by contemporary artists setting the stage for his kaleidoscopic collection of art and design.

Voewood has been voted England's Favourite House in the Eastern Region by Country Life Magazine and is featured in many other books and publications.