The best places to stay in Norfolk are scattered around this county and allow you to search some famous estates. Sandringham in Norfolk is the Queen’s country estate, and you can tour the house and gardens in the summer months. Doggies can’t go inside, but they are welcome to walk in the extensive grounds that are just glorious to see. Holkham Hall, a lived in country pile, is open to visitors May to October and they organise events such as open-air concerts throughout the year.
Horning, in the Norfolk Broads, is a delightful village where you can board a paddle steamer and take a tour of the water. See the stunning homes along the route and learn about the history of the reed beds. There are a couple of waterside pubs here that serve slap up lunches and cold drinks, with water bowls outside for the dogs.
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Stokesay Castle was built by Laurence of Ludlow in the 13th century. It is this fortified manor house and one of the best examples of medieval architecture there is in the UK. Walkthrough the gates and step back to the 17th century. The great hall has not changed for over half a millennium. The views from the tower of the views of the surrounding countryside are simply breath taking.
Ironbridge and the Ironbridge Gorge which is the bridge spanning the River Severn is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is something for everyone to enjoy at Ironbridge. Visit museums, monuments, artisan breweries or do some kayaking. If you are hungry then try some of the best fish and chips in the west midlands. There are stunning foot trails for those wanting to explore the area.
Weston Park is situated over a thousand acres of parkland and beautiful gardens.This grand 17th-century mansion is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the West Midlands.
The mansion has a variety of treasures including one of England’s most impressive artworks collections. The Victorian library is home to over 3000 books.
Temple Wood is a play area which boasts an adventure playground. The playground includes climbing walls, trampolines, log swings and one of the longest zip wires in the country.
Blists Hill Victorian Town is a trip back in time. Visit this open-air museum, which is one of ten situated in Ironbridge Gorge. Mingle with the costumed characters give a fascinating look into life in the 19th century. Your transport for the day could be a horse and a cart. Visit a Victorian cottage and get a glimpse at how the local people lived during the reign of Queen Victoria.
Shrewsbury is home to the Battlefield Falconry Centre. Kids will love the birds of prey on the show at the centre. There are over 30 birds which include falcons, hawks, and owls. It offers some extraordinary activities for bird lovers like the popular “take a hawk for a walk”. The walk begins after you are shown how to handle these magnificent birds of prey. During the walk, the birds are called back to your fist. You can watch them glide among the trees and the countryside.
Haughmond Hill is a small, shallow hill covered by woodland for the most part. It is close to the town of Shrewsbury. It is a forest park, with guided paths, car parking and picnic areas. The rocky summit overlooks the countryside and Shrewsbury. It is ideal for days out with the family. Enjoy a picnic after a day out in the fresh country air.
RSPB Lake Vyrnwy is a bird watchers paradise. You will soon be surrounded by various species as you take a walk through the woodland. Lookout out for the pied flycatchers and redstarts, dippers nest by the lake. The more common ravens, buzzards and peregrines circle in the skies above you. There are activities to keep the kids happy like the popular nestbox and animal trails, and a wild playground.