Hotels and Holiday Cottages in Swaffham

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Lydney House Hotel Address: Norwich Rd, Swaffham, tel:01760 723355

The Red Lion Motel Address: 87 Market Place, Swaffham, tel:01760 721022

Abacus Hotels Ltd Address: 20 Station St, Swaffham, tel:01760 725725

Stratton Hotel Address: 4 Ash Close, Swaffham, tel:01760 723845

Greenbanks Hotel Address: Swaffham Rd, Dereham, tel:01362 687742

The Bull Inn Address: 1 Church St, King's Lynn, tel:01328 701340

Tourist information

Archaeological excavations suggest that the mid Norfolk town of Swaffham may have existed as a settlement since the Bronze Age, and certainly, by the time that the Romans left the area to Saxon rule, the town had taken on its currently name. The Roman influence in the area is still obvious, with the Peddars Way long-distance path passing close to the town on its way between Thetford and the North Norfolk coast.

By 1086, the Domesday Book audit shows that three local lords were associated with the area, some of the families eventually combining their influence through dynastic marriages. In medieval times the central market in the town was used for livestock auctions, and a Saturday market still takes place each week, where a wide range of items - from food stuffs to furniture - are available to purchase. Like many East Anglian towns, the predominating architecture is Georgian, although the stunning parish church of St Peter and St Paul is largely 15th century, and acts as a prominent feature in the town. The church has a fine example of a hammer beamed roof, which is inlaid with some intricately carved angels. Built in 1783, the Butter Cross in the centre of the market place is another well-loved local landmark.

Swaffham Museum tracks the social history of the town, and offers visitors the usual selection of local artefacts, together with a more unusual interactive Egyptian gallery and tomb reconstruction - this reflects the fact that the town was the childhood home of Egyptologist Howard Carter, the archaeologist who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun. W E Johns, the creator of fictional flying ace 'Biggles' was also once resident in the town. In recent years, local celebrity Stephen Fry has used Swaffham as one of the main locations for the fictional town of Market Shipborough, in his TV series, 'Kingdom'.

The tall wind turbines which surround the town are another striking feature on the local landscape. Two large turbines adjacent to the A47 Norwich to King's Lynn road - one of which is next to the new Ecotech Centre - have recently been joined by eight further turbines on the opposite side of town, near North Pickenham. The turbine at the Ecotech Centre offers visitors guided tours, and the opportunity to climb the 300 steps to the viewing gallery at the top of the generator.

Within easy reach of the town lie a variety of other interesting attractions. The English Heritage properties at Castle Acre - the 12th century Priory, together with the Castle and Bailey Gate - are further enhanced by their proximity to the Peddars Way and to some decent local pubs (including the Albert-Victor and the Ostrich) and cafés. Just a short car journey away can be found the theatre at Westacre, a great local amenity, which offers a wide variety of entertainment throughout the year, including drama workshops, jazz picnics and open-air events.

The stunning moated National Trust property at Oxburgh Hall has a spectacular Tudor gatehouse, and during the Summer months often hosts open-air theatrical productions. Gooderstone Water Gardens and Nature Trail and the lakes at Cockley Cley are other local attractions in the midst of the beautiful countryside of the Brecks.

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The Pottery

Gooderstone Water Gardens

Iceni Brewery

Litcham Village Museum

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