Take a stoll around the lovely Georgian market town of Holt and feel all your worries drift away. The alleyways and streets contain many unusual shops, pubs, cafe's and galleries for every taste.
WHERE IS IT
Holt is situated 3 miles inland from the North Norfolk coast surrounded by undulating wooded countryside, close to the seaside resorts of Cromer and Sheringham
The town of Holt can be traced back to Saxon times and the town name is to come form the Saxon word meaning woodland. At the time of the Domesday Book in 1066 it had both a market and the coastal village of Cley is named as the port of Holt. Holt was already of some size, with five water mills and twelve plough teams to its name.
The Plagueof 1348 decimated the population of Holt, but the town survived and continued to flourish. By 1556 a school had been opened in the town. It was named Greshams after its founder John Gresham and today it is one of the leading schools in the country and boasts many famous old boys including the composer Benjamin Britten.
By Victorian times, Holt was a town of some 1700 people. Gresham's school was growing and the town was becoming known as a centre for education as well as agriculture.
In1960 Holt market was formerly closed, but the town has continued to thrive and is today, full of unusual shops and businesses, many utilizing the former court yards and tradesmen’s yards. The market place has many attractive buildings and the back streets lead to more courtyards with their cafes and shops.
One attraction not to be missed is the North Norfolk Railway, known as the Poppy Line, a step back in time with a journey on a steam train taking passengers from Holt Station through some of the breathtaking Norfolk countryside.
ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS
Amazona Zoo - Located just to the south of Cromer, the Zoo is home to a wide range of animals from Tropical South America including Jaguar, Otters, Spider Monkeys and Flamingos. The Zoo is open all day every day
Felbrigg Hall –
One of the most elegant country houses in East Anglia, with a Georgian interior and amazing Stuart architecture. Felbrigg has a stunning walled garden with orangery and orchards. There are many lakeside and woodland trails to explore.
Fakenham Racecourse –
a friendly, casual atmosphere to watch horse racing, Fakenham Racecourse has no formal dress code. Children aged 16 and under are admitted free, the racecourse welcomes all visitors. It is located on the south side of Fakenham off of the A1067 Fakenham/Swaffham road.
North Norfolk Railway
– Offers a 10.5 mile round trip by steam train or vintage diesel train through the Norfolk countryside. To the south of the line are wooded hills and to the north is the sea. The train stops at numerous stations but the largest are Sheringham, Weybourne and Holt. Regular trips throughout the day commencing at 10.30am.
Holt Country Park
– A 100 acre, green flag winning, woodland with nature trails, children’s play area, observation tower and visitor centre, located one mile south of Holt on the B1149.
– Has an iron waterwheel restored with a vintage Ruston Hornsby oil engine, sells flower and animal feed. Free admission just to the west of Holt on the A148.
– Situated on the Market Place in Holt’s town centre the gallery houses work of over 200 artists. Admission is free.
– Exhibits 32 artists work which changes every three weeks. Free admission found off Bull Street in Holt.
3 Pound House
Tel 0871 200 3071
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Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015