Hotels and Holiday Cottages in Holt

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Holt is a pretty Georgian market town, nesting in the heart of North Norfolk, and perfectly positioned, both geographically and socially, between the hustle and bustle of the county capital city, and the tranquillity of the beautiful Norfolk coastline.

 

A popular destination for day trippers, its antique shops, art galleries, bookshops, gift stores and tea rooms make Holt a mecca for both weekend visitors and locals alike. Set on the edge of the Glaven Valley, and bordered by local heath lands and country parks, Holt can also offer visitors a selection of food shops to rival many a big city; Bakers and Larners department store houses an amazing food hall, while nearby Byfords offers both delicatessen delights and a scrumptious café/restaurant. Home to several superb pubs, Holt is also a perfect place to pick up those picnic ingredients on the way to bird watching trips on Kelling Heath, Cley Marshes or for walks in the nearby Holt and Sheringham Country Parks.

 

Holt was devastated by a fire in 1708, and although much of the town was rebuilt, giving it a Georgian heritage, its Norman parish church was repaired, and is now open to visitors. Near to the church stands a quirky Pineapple Obelisk; allegedly once a gatepost from Melton Constable Park, the milestone figures inscribed on the column are reputed to refer to distances from its original location, rather than from Holt itself.

 

On the outskirts of the town can be found the various buildings of Gresham's School, a public school founded in 1555, and whose illustrious students have included Benjamin Britten, W H Auden, Sir Stephen Spender and Sir Christopher Cockerell. The school is also home to the Auden Theatre, which hosts both professional and amateur productions throughout the year.

 

Holt is also connected to the coastal towns of Sheringham and Cromer by the North Norfolk Steam Railway, known fondly as 'the Poppy Line'.

 

Other delightful attractions are also close at hand: A mile from the town is the only flour producing watermill in Norfolk: Letheringsett Mill was built in 1802 and now offers tours and demonstrations most weekday afternoons. The surrounding area is also rich in wonderful National Trust and English Heritage properties, including those at Blickling Hall, Baconsthorpe Castle, Felbrigg Hall, Sheringham Park, Blakeney Guildhall and Blakeney National Nature Reserve.

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Nearest airports

Norwich
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Cambridge
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Humberside
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