Out & About
Nestling in a pretty corner of North Norfolk you'll find the delightful village of Hunstanton. Though it might be hard to tear yourself away from Hunstanton's lovely beaches, you'll find that there is much to see and do in this undiscovered corner of England. Here you can relax on the sandy beach, potter in the rock pools or just take in the views across The Wash. For the romantic in you, the sunsets must be seen to be believed.
Hunstanton is well-placed to uncover the tranquil countryside and
coastal treasures of "Hidden Norfolk". Visit the fascinating Sea Life Sanctuary or if you're a fan of the Royal family or just appreciate England's rich history, Sandringham
Royal Estate is just five minutes from the hotel. Its opulent house
and beautiful gardens are well worth a visit.
Those interested in architecture and history will find many interesting venues to occupy their time, though recent developments have diversified the range of attractions on offer.
Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary
Visitors of all ages love this fascinating sea front attraction, standing on the Promenade. Interactive pools filled with crabs and starfish are the perfect place to get up close to creatures of the deep, and you’ll find Nemo a million times over in the vibrant Clownfish Kingdom. Seals, penguins and otters live amongst the centre’s fishy residents, and the sharks are particularly popular. It takes just ten minutes to walk to the Sea Life Sanctuary from the Golden Lion, which makes it a great attraction to visit in any weather. Visit their website
Those interested in historic buildings and carefully maintained gardens often take day trips to Elton Hall. It’s just a little less than 1.5 hours away, and is situated close to Peterborough in an extensive estate covering 3,800 acres. Part romantic and part gothic, the house is surrounded by mature trees and pretty ponds as well as an arboretum and shrub garden. The Loch Fyne Restaurant is a cosy traditional eatery serving locally sourced seafood, and the grounds also include a tea room and a lovely little garden centre. Inside the house, you’ll see opulent rooms including marble halls, banqueting spaces, a chapel and a library. Visit their website
1.5 hours from Hunstanton, Grimsthorpe Castle stands on the historic edge of the Lincolnshire Forest, where there are formal parks featuring mature interspersed oak trees. The house and gardens are open to the public, and are well-maintained with plenty of interesting features. Youngsters can enjoy the adventure playground, and all ages can view three species of deer that reside within the grounds. The tea rooms serve light lunches and traditional afternoon tea, and the shops are open throughout the year. It’s possible to book hot air balloon flights that depart from the grounds of Grimsthorpe, ideal as a luxury activity or for a unique wedding proposal. Visit their website
Houghton Hall is a mere 30-minute drive from the Golden Lion Hotel. It’s elegant but impressive – a large building set in well-kept grounds including a deer park, ornamental gardens, a sculpture park and stables. The world’s largest private collection of model soldiers can be found in the on-site Soldier Museum, and the grounds include a lovely gothic church. Within the Stable Block, there is a restaurant offering indoor and outdoor seating. Visit their website
Perhaps the region’s most famous attraction, the Sandringham Royal Estate includes Sandringham House and its gardens. More than 60 acres of land have been carefully maintained, with woodland walks and beautiful flowers. Parts of the estate are open to the public, and royal collections are housed in on-site museums. The visitor centre includes shops and a restaurant, and guided tours are available. Visit their website
Peckover House and Garden
A National Trust property, this fascinating building was home to the Peckover family of Quakers. It’s a Georgian residence that houses artifacts and exhibits, giving an insight into life in the Peckover household. Two-acre grounds include a rose garden and croquet lawn, as well as a barn and stable. The house was built in the early 1700s, and now includes a gift shop and a tea room as well as a second-hand book shop. Garden tours are free, and many National Trust events are held throughout the year.
This moated manor house is a popular National Trust attraction, originally built in the 15th
century. The gardens include woodcarving trails, and the National Trust holds various events throughout the year. Visitors are sure to love the colourful floral gardens, and the on-site Catholic chapel, as well as the woodland walks. Visit their website
This attraction is an 18th
century working watermill, which offers an interesting and educational day out. It’s about 1.5 hours from Hunstanton, and is a five-storey building situated on the Great Ouse River. You can buy flour that’s been through the traditional mill grinding system, and can walk through the surrounding meadows. This National Trust property includes on-site tea rooms, and plays host to a varied calendar of events.