Holt, Norfolk is the epitome of a perfect Georgian town, which you can explore and wander around for ages and never get bored. There are hidden yards, cafes, shops, antique stores, wine bars and galleries where you can browse and shop to your heart’s content. With several tea rooms and pubs you could wine and dine in a relaxed and amiable atmosphere. With numerous Georgian styled homes and attractive flints stone edifices it is remarkably pretty to explore on a trip.
As the area is a popular haunt for visitors and tourists there are a good selection of hotels in Holt Norfolk to choose from.
Stay at the Harpers and you can stay in luxury and comfort with top notch facilities and friendly staff at a very affordable price. Just the perfect place to settle in, before you set out to explore the town of Holt.
Like the Great Fire of London of 1666, which transformed London’s landscape, similarly the Great Fire of 1708, left an indelible imprint on Holt and its surroundings. It destroyed most of the town and Holt was rebuilt from scratch in the Georgian style of architecture, making it one of the most prominent symbols of Georgian architecture in Britain. One of the few places that survived the conflagration is the Cafe and Deli, Byfords in the middle of Holt and is considered to be the oldest surviving structure in the area. Another place that managed to survive the devastation is St. Andrew’s Church, a Norman Church whose thatched roof was set ablaze, repaired and still stands testimony in town.
One of the more unusual tales in the area is that if Holt was not devastated by fire, it would have borne a striking resemblance to Lavenham (a Suffolk village), with its medieval houses of timber. Holt now is in a class of its own with its striking Georgian architecture, found all over the place along with local flint stone homes.
If you are one who enjoys independent shopping Holt is the town to indulge yourself to the hilt. Unlike other towns and cities do not expect to find too many chain stores rather your will find loads of independent shopping spots. You will find both small and big stores to shop at. One of the more prominent in the area is Balers & Larners, one of the larger establishments in Holt. There are plenty of sections to browse for items, a lovely kitchen shopping section and an impressive food hall as well!
One of the better kept secrets of the place are its hidden yards that now house galleries, antique stores, bakeries and boutiques among other stores. There are a good many such places to shop at in Holt. If you are a shopaholic you will notice that shopping in town is unlike any other place. Just remember that most places stay shut on Sundays.
Explore the Hidden Yards
The hidden yards could be described as the concealed gems of Holt. They are as pretty as a picture with them originally serving as Victorian homes, which now house a variety of shops in town. A visit to each of them is recommended as each has something unique and different to offer. They are as follows:
- Lees Yard
- Hoppers Yard
- Apple Yard
- Chapel Yard
Top attractions in Holt, Norfolk
The Obelisk and Blind Sam: The obelisk has a fair bit of history associated with it. It is located at the entrance of where High Street and A148 meet. The obelisk seen today was formerly part of a pair of gateposts shifted from Melton Park, which is a short distance away from town. The obelisk is intriguing to look at and has a pineapple on top with the distance of surrounding areas written beneath. The fun thing is that as the post was moved from its original position the distances are completely incorrect. The other post has an equally interesting story having been given to Dereham town, who had no use for it and decided to ditch it in a well!
Adjoining it is Blind Sam, a name given to the Victorian gas lamp in the area. It was presented to Holt in commemoration of Queen Victoria’s Jubilee celebrations in 1887. Formerly it was located in the market at the extreme end of town, but later was removed from its original site for the memorial stone seen in its place today. It derived its name from the erratic light display given by it. During that time it received its gas supply from town which was not reliable!
The North Norfolk Railway
The town of Holt is where the North Norfolk Rail Line culminates, which is also known by locals as the Poppy Line. The train is a heritage steam liner that starts from Sheringham and ends at Holt while stopping briefly at Weybourne en route. A ride aboard the steam train is a not to miss experience for visitors. Initially, the rail line opened in 1887, and operated as the Midland and Great Northern Railway line which functioned till 1964, when it shut down. A year later the line became operational by the North Norfolk Railway. Visitors can choose to board the train at Sheringham to Holt and later catch the bus to arrive in town. Once finished with exploring Holt catch the train back to Sheringham. A lovely train journey with impressive views along the route!
Holt Country Park
For those who want to take a leisurely stroll amidst stunning natural beauty head to Holt Park, which is a short stroll from town. The entire area comprises of heathland and woodland with a number of walking trails for all types of walks. Even cyclists and pets are allowed in the area. Another fabulous place that can be visited is Spout Hills a common land managed by the town council.