Family attractions around Great Yarmouth are plentiful. In addition to those on and around the promenade, there are a number of options within easy reach of the town. Thrigby Wildlife Gardens at nearby Filby and the Redwings Visitor Centre at Fritton both provide animal-themed days out which will be of particular interest to those with children. Burgh Castle is a Roman fort a short drive from the town, and a fine example of Anglo-Saxon activity in the area. There is a small information centre and a number of good walks around the site and also among the neighbouring reed beds, which are home to a variety of bird life.
For those holidaying with children during the summer months, a trip to Hemsby Mega Maze, just north of Great Yarmouth, will be an enjoyable day out. Get lost amid more than four miles of pathways winding their way through a giant maize maze, which is rebuilt with a new theme each summer. Fritton Lake, between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, also makes a good day out. Here, 150 acres of mature woodland harbour a wide variety of leisure opportunities on the shores of one of the region’s most attractive bodies of water. From fishing to falconry, birdlife to boats, children’s farmyard to cycle trails, you will find more then enough to keep the family entertained for a full day out.
Bordering onto Fritton Lake is stunning Somerleyton Hall, an imposing Jacobean manor house remodelled during the mid nineteenth century, and now a popular destination for a trip out. The house features sumptuous, lavishly furnished rooms displaying fine artworks and rich tapestries, rich wood panelling and a superb staircase constructed in the Anglo-Italian style. The surrounding estate offers beautifully kept gardens which can be enjoyed either following a designated twelve point trail or simply explored at leisure, uncovering the delights of the kitchen garden and exploring the principal attraction, an original yew hedge maze first planted during the last century.
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