One of Norfolk’s most attractive villages, Great Massingham is located only thirteen miles east of Kings Lynn.
It has one of the most impressive greens in the country with several large ponds (home to the dabbling ducks!), which were originally fish ponds for an 11th century Augustian Abbey.
Stay at The Dabbling Duck and make sure you don’t miss the stunning nearby attractions.
Britains first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, was educated in the village before going on to build the breathtaking 18th century Palladian-style mansion, Houghton Hall nearby. It offers a wide range of museums, exhibitions and gardens to discover and is a ‘must-see’ destination for those interested in contemporary art and sculpture.
Castle Rising Castle is one of the largest, best preserved and most lavishly decorated keeps in England, surrounded by 20 acres of grounds and a mighty moat and Castle Acre boasts one of the largest and best preserved monastic sites in England dating back to 1090.
There are beautiful walks throughout the area, Sandringham is less than eight miles away, the estate stretches to over 8000 hectares and you can enjoy walks and views of the West Norfolk coastline and beyond. Then Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve, a peaceful place with a rich variety of wildlife in its woodland, fen and reed be habitats. Kit yourself out at Lings Country Goods before you set off and you’ll be sure of a great adventure.
For children, a brilliant option is Snettisham Park, a working farm where a trip can involve a deer safari where you will meet their magnificent red deer herd you can bottle feed lambs, collect fresh farm eggs and ride ponies as well as taking a walk on one of the three wonderful trails.
If all that sounds too strenuous, why not spoil yourself with a treatment at Congham Hall’s Secret Garden Spa, a truly unique and remarkable setting, making it the perfect place to relax and unwind.
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