The Thursford Collection
Just 20 Minutes drive from Arch House Thursford museum takes you back to a traditional old-fashioned fairground where majestic engines sit next to carousel rides..
The daily musical shows with Robert Wolfe at the Wurlitzer Cinema organ not only brings you music from today but also takes you back to the days of the silent movie using today's technology.
November and December sees the transformation of the exhibition hall into a theatre to house the largest Christmas Spectacular Show in England.
Sandringham, half an hours drive from Arch House, is the much-loved country retreat of Her Majesty the Queen, and has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs. The house is perhaps the most famous stately home in Norfolk - and certainly one of the most beautiful. Set in the 60-acre gardens which have been called "the finest of the Royal gardens", with a fascinating museum of Royal vehicles and mementoes, the principal ground floor apartments with their collections of porcelain, jade, furniture and family portraits are open to the public from Easter to October.
The North Norfolk Railway 20 mins from Arch House offers a 10.5 mile round trip by steam train (vintage diesel trains on some journeys) through a delightful area of North Norfolk designated as being of outstanding natural beauty. (Sheringham- Weybourne- Holt)
To the south are wooded hills and the Norfolk beauty spots of Kelling Heath and Sheringham Park. To the north, the sea. All within easy walking distance from the various stations.
Walsingham (3 miles from Arch House)
Take the Wells to Walsingham light railway.
Walsingham, ( Roman Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady) has been a place of pilgrimage since medieval times, when travel to Rome and Compostella was virtually impossible. The original Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, founded in 1061, was destroyed at the Reformation.
In 1934, the English Bishops named the Slipper Chapel the Roman Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady.
Many thousands of people have visited the Shrine - some come out of a spiritual need for the atmosphere of peace that seems to emanate from the Chapels, some for aesthetic reasons, whilst others merely stumble across it, nestled away in this secluded Norfolk valley.
Felbrigg Hall (National Trust)
One of the finest 17th-century country houses in East Anglia, just 35 minutes from Arch House.
* Remarkable Stuart architecture and fine Georgian interior
* Prolific library and Grand Tour collection
* Stunning walled garden, orangery and orchards
* Many lakeside, parkland and woodland trails to explore
Blakeney National Nature Reserve (National Trust)
Just 8 miles from Arch House one of the largest expanses of undeveloped coastal habitats of its type in Europe
* Dynamic undeveloped coastal habitat
* Long sand and shingle spit, fine sea views and wide open skies
* Significant breeding area for tern colonies
* Important haul-out site for Common and Grey seals
Brancaster (National Trust)
Just 8 miles from Arch House a large area of coastal habitat, particularly noted for birdlife
* Extensive area of saltmarsh, intertidal mud and sandflats
* Site of the Roman fort of Branodunum and Scolt Head Island
* Activity centre offering residential and day courses for adults and children.
Titchwell & Cley
RSPB Nature Reserves just 6-8 miles from Arch House
From Blakeney and Morston ( a 10 minute drive from Arch House)
Holt (10 miles from Arch House)
Popular Georgian town with an interesting range of independent shops.
Here are just a few of the delights that await you...
One mile from Arch House and the home of the Earls of Leicester for nearly 400 years. Situated in a Deer park, this palladian style mansion is a living treaure of artistic and architectural history. See the stunning grandeur of the marble hall, the magnificence of the state rooms and the sheer size of the old kitchens.
Holkham Beach is one of the most unspoilt and beautiful stretches of sand in the country. Gwyneth Paltrow walked across it at low tide in the closing scenes of the film Shakespeare in Love.
Vast expanses of golden sand, dunes and big Norfolk skies, edged by pine woods and the famous beach huts.
Crabbing, fishing boats, The Granary and The Albatros...
Lined with lime trees and Georgian and Victorian houses.
Peddars Way & The Norfolk Coast Path
Just 1 mile from Arch House the coastal path runs between Hunstanton and Cromer passing through Wells-next-the-Sea.
It can be very difficult to find anywhere to eat in Wells at Peak times so we strongly recommend that our guests book a table in advance.
Visit wellsguide.co.uk for contact numbers.
Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
Just a twenty minute drive from Arch House, near Fakenham, is The Hawk and Owl Trust. It is a community based nature reserve owned and run by the Hawk and Owl Trust, a national charity that works for the interests of wild birds of prey and their habitats. With a range of accessible hides and boardwalks across the site, it is a reserve managed to encourage people of all ages and abilities and from all walks of life to enjoy getting up close to the natural world.