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Historic Homes and Trains of Norfolk for Twixmas

Following the Christmas festivities, join us on this magical Twixmas holiday to beautiful Norfolk. We adventure on two wonderful railway journeys, one along the Bittern Line to the popular seaside town of Sheringham, and another through the wonderful countryside aboard the Bure Valley Railway. This tour also includes a candlelit tour of the 18th century Holkham Hall and a visit to the delightfully festive Oxburgh Hall! There’s something for everyone on this wonderful Twixmas break.

Your Tour Includes

  • Three nights half-board accommodation in Norwich
  • Coach transfers for our excursions
  • A rail journey on the Bittern Line from Norfolk to Sheringham
  • A visit to the seaside town of Sheringham
  • Entrance to Holkham Hall by candlelight with a glass of fizz & a mince pie
  • A journey on the Bure Valley Railway with Festive Tea and cakes
  • Entrance to Oxburgh Hall
  • Services of our experienced Tour Manager
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Itinerary

Make your own way to our hotel in Norwich There, you will meet your Tour Manager, who will assist with check-in. Enjoy dinner in the hotel this evening.

Includes Dinner

Today we are taken to Norwich station where we join the Bittern Line, named after the wading bird, for a journey to Sheringham. The traditional seaside town of Sheringham grew up around its old fishing village with cliffs, fine sands and bracing air - just some of the reasons why Sheringham is so popular. The promenade runs in and out of the low cliffs, and Sheringham town has plenty to offer, including many interesting shops, pubs, restaurants and tea rooms. On arrival, there's time to explore this seaside town, before we travel by coach to Holkham Hall.

Nestled within 25,000 acres of rolling parkland, Holkham Hall is an 18th-century Palladian style house, based on designs by William Kent and built by Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester. The current Earl and his family take great pride in opening their doors and sharing the treasures within. You’ll find the Marble Hall, a truly breath-taking introduction to your visit, with its impressive 50ft dome ceiling and elegant walls of English alabaster – not marble as the name suggests! A grand staircase leads to a myriad of state rooms: from the Saloon with its rich, red velvet-lined walls, gilded coffering, and lofty ceiling, many sumptuous bedchambers where royalty once lay, state dining rooms adorned with exquisite porcelain, galleries of statuary and art by the Old Masters, libraries bursting with books and manuscripts and, of course, the Old Kitchen with its rows of polished copper pots, pans and moulds.

Holkham has remained largely unchanged since the late-18th century, and much of what you will see is as Thomas Coke intended. Each generation has left a little something of themselves in the house, right up to the present day. December is a truly magical time to visit Holkham, to enjoy the magnificent state rooms in all their festive finery, with a glass of fizz and a mince pie on arrival and plenty of time to tour the staterooms at your own pace, this will make for a wonderful afternoon.

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Holkham Hall

This morning we travel by coach to Oxburgh Hall. Built in 1482 by the Catholic Bedingfeld family, there are 500 years of history to explore at Oxburgh. Victorian Gothic interiors reflect a romantic view of Oxburgh’s medieval past. During its 500-year history, the hall has seen many changes, which is partly due to the hardship the family faced. In the early 19th century, the 6th Baronet began work to decorate and furnish the Hall in the antiquarian style you see today. This beautiful, moated manor house is surrounded by nearly 175 acres, containing gardens with seasonal interest, streams and woodland walks. You will explore the delightful Oxburgh Hall which will be festively decorated for the festive season. We then board our coach and travel to the market town of Aylsham to join the Bure Valley Railway.

On arrival, we enjoy tea/coffee/mulled punch and cakes in the station café . We then board the train for a journey to Wroxham. This wonderful journey takes in some of the most unspoilt countryside, crossing 17 bridges to reach Wroxham, known as the ‘capital of the Norfolk Broads'. On arrival, we re-join our coach and head back to the hotel for dinner this evening.

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Bure Valley Railway

After a leisurely breakfast, it is time to check out of the hotel and make your way home.

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Accommodation

You will stay for 3 nights on a half-board basis at the 3-star George Hotel Norwich.