Explore Brecks heritage

To the south west of Swaffham are three distinctly different attractions. Oxburgh Hall is a stunning moated house built in 1482 by Sir Edmund Bedingfeld. The Hall has a magnificent Tudor gatehouse, and houses rare needlework hangings by Mary Queen of Scots and Bess of Hardwick. Nearby is the tranquil Gooderstone Water Gardens.

To the north of Swaffham is the appealing village of Castle Acre, a cluster of flint cottages set around a green, which has the remains of a Norman castle and priory, one of the best-preserved Cluniac monasteries in the country.

The attractive market town of Dereham is the home of the Mid-Norfolk Railway and nearby is Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse. Housed in a former workhouse, the museum looks back over 200 years to give visitors a real taste of what life used to be like in the rural Brecks for real people. There is also a working farm, where you can take a cart ride round the farm and get up close with rare breed animals.

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