Castle Acre Priory is less than an hours drive from Norwich and the journey is a lovely opportunity to see some of the beautiful Norfolk countryside too. The priory, which was inspired by the monastery at Cluny in France, dates back to 1090. Henry VIII dissolved the priory and gave it, plus its estates and lands, to the Duke of Norfolk; the remaining monks scattered.
The ruins are well preserved and retain the sites peaceful and meditative qualities. The grounds are beautiful too, as is the nearby village of Castle Acre; this is the perfect spot to grab bits for a picnic lunch. Theres a visitors centre, recreated herb garden and other informative displays scattered throughout the ruins. Visitors can also enjoy a walk around the garden and the peaceful grounds.
While youre in Norwich, visit Norwich Cathedral and catch the vast collection of roof bosses or attend a performance at the Norwich Theatre Royal.
Pear Tree Cottage is a lovely, detached cottage set down a quiet lane in Caste Acre near Swaffham. The cottage offers a double room and a twin room, and a family bathroom. There is a kitchen with a dining area in an adjoining sun room, with patio doors leading outside, …see more
The beautifully restored cottage is a Grade II listed 18th Century building of brick and flint is in the centre of the village. It's set well back from the road with a good-sized front garden and a lime shaded, south facing terrace at the back with views over the N …see more