Situated on the quiet, moody and sometimes mysterious north Norfolk coast, Morston Hall provides easy access to some of the great country houses of East Anglia, such as Sandringham, the Queen's private residence; Felbrigg Hall; Holkham Hall and Blickling.
On the door step of Morston Hall is Morston Quay, a busy harbour found within the Blakeney National Nature Reserve with beautiful walks leading on to Blakeney, Wells and beyond. Beans Boat Trips run excursions from Morston Quay all year round to see the seals. They can be booked outside the Anchor Pub, a perfect place to enjoy a local beer after your trip.
Just two miles from Morston and a lovely walk along the beautiful coastal path through the national nature reserve lies Blakeney. With plenty of art galleries, independent shops and pubs which surround the harbour where children can enjoy ‘crabbing’, it's a great place to spend the afternoon.
Situated 30 miles from Morston, the medieval city of Norwich boasts two cathedrals - one Romanesque, the other offering one of the UK's finest examples of Victorian Gothic architecture. The city is also home to a castle museum and art gallery and - with everything from shops to the art-deco Theatre Royal - promises something for everyone.
Holt is a small Georgian town about seven miles from Morston. It's well known for Bakers & Larners, which is a large department store that has been in Holt for over 100 years. There are many quaint little shops selling everything from surfing equipment to knitting patterns, which can be found down narrow winding alleys. It’s well worth a visit if only for a wander. During Christmas, the main street is lit by many thousands of lights and all the money raised by the display goes to charity. The display will amaze young and old alike.
The coastal town of Cromer is larger than Sheringham and has most major banks and supermarkets. Cromer is about 14 miles from Morston on the A149. It has a large cinema but the main attraction is the pier and promenade with regular shows in the summer. Cromer hosts an annual carnival every August with an interesting array of decorated floats. When visiting, make sure to visit Number 1 Restaurant, one of the UK's top fish and chip restaurants.
This fine Georgian village is located 13 miles from Morston, close to the sandy beach at Holkham. It hosts an excellent selection of quality shops plus nature reserves at Titchwell, Holme and Cley. Activities such as sailing can be enjoyed at Brancaster, Blakeney and Burnham Overy Staithe, and you can enjoy the delightful walks along the coastal paths and Peddars Way.
Wells is a small coastal town, which is about six miles from Morston. It has a market every Sunday during the summer and boasts its own lifeboat station, which is open to the public. It has many quaint seaside shops and a lovely beach and quay. At the beginning of August, there is a large carnival with a fair.
Sheringham is an interesting coastal town with its main market on a Saturday. It lies about 10 miles from Morston along the A149 coast road. It is famous for its steam railway, which runs from Sheringham to Weybourne then on to Holt, and also for its Little Theatre. Sheringham’s main street runs from the car park (market place) down to the sea front. The steam railway is next to the car park, opposite the entrance to the Anglia railway station and runs to Cromer, then Norwich.
Fakenham is a market town, about 12 miles from Morston. Larger than Holt, it holds a market every Thursday. The town has all major banks and has recently has its old cinema restored and re-opened. The town has also undergone improvements to make it more pedestrian friendly. There are most shops that you would expect, from travel agents to hardware stores. In the town itself is a large Tesco and on the outskirts there is a large Morrisons supermarket with a petrol station.