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History and heritage in Norfolk

Norfolk's uniqueness is incredibly important and precious – and that's why the county has always taken pride in treasuring its heritage with a wide range of museums and historical sites. From captivating castles and cathedrals, to splendid stately homes, myriad museums and medieval churches, there's an amazing heritage to discover here.

From Romans and Normans to the Friendly Invasion

Remembering the past is crucial for our sense of identity. To know why we are confirms what we are. Norfolk's uniqueness is incredibly important and precious – and that's why the county has always taken pride in treasuring its heritage with a wide range of museums and historical sites.

From captivating castles and cathedrals, to splendid stately homes, myriad museums and medieval churches, there's an amazing heritage to discover here.

Retrace the footsteps of naval hero Horatio Nelson, Norfolk's greatest son, and discover how Queen Boadicca's Iceni tribe used to live.

We're proud that central London has magnificent statues to these two Norfolk heroes, as well as first world war nurse Edith Cavell, who sacrificed her life to help soldiers escape capture, and in Parliament Square is a statue of Abe Lincoln, whose family went to America from Hingham in Norfolk!

Find out about our many invaders, both friendly and otherwise, including the Romans, the Normans and, finally, the Americans whose presence was called 'The Friendly Invasion'.

Go underground to discover the country's first industrial site - the Neolithic flint mines of Grime's Graves in the Brecks.

Find out why maritime activity plays such an important role in Norfolk's history and why the county is fit not just for a queen… but The Queen and her Royal family. Norfolk is home to the second, third and fourth in line to the Throne.

History & Heritage blogs

where history comes to life...

West Runton - Deep History Coast

Deep History Coast

Mammoth skeleton, flint axes and where the first tourists entered Britain - 850,000 years ago!

Grime's Graves

Neolithic flint mines

Discover a prehistoric underground world in the last open flint mine in the UK at Grime's Graves

Burgh Castle, Gt Yarmouth

What did the Romans give us?

Discover a Roman fort and town, walk on roads created by these early invaders

Norman castle and cathedral

Outstanding Norman architecture

Discover our incredible Norman legacy, including castles and a magnificent cathedral

King's Lynn at night

A proud maritime history

Find out how King's Lynn and Great Yarmouth were made prosperous by trading with the Continent

Nelson Museum

Horatio Nelson

'I am a Norfolk man and glory in being so,' said Britain's greatest naval commander. Walk in his footsteps

Thomas Paine

The Special Relationship

Discover how Norfolk helped shaped North America, through Thomas Paine, Abe Lincoln, George Vancouver and more

Jimmy Stewart in Norfolk

The Friendly Invasion

What was Hollywood star Jimmy Stewart's part in the biggest landscape and cultural event in Norfolk's history

history and heritage on film