Happisburgh is an historical village set on the north-east coast of Norfolk. It is a quaint village with much to offer visitors and was recently discovered to have been one of the first settlements to exist in northern Europe. In fact, the items discovered on the beach at Happisburgh pre-date anything previously found by more than 100,000 years making it a very exciting and interesting discovery in the archaeological community.
If you are planning a visit to this part of Norfolk then there are a number of interesting things to see and do:-
The lighthouse at Happisburgh is the oldest working light house in the county and is currently the only independently run lighthouse in the whole of the UK. It was originally one of a pair constructed in 1790 and stands at 85ft tall offering a fantastic panoramic view over the sea and the surrounding countryside. It is possible to visit the lighthouse on certain days, to climb to the top and to learn more about the history of the area and those who have worked here since it was first built.
The beach Happisburgh is often overlooked in favour of the lighthouse but this wonderfully quaint and secluded beach is the perfect accompaniment to a trip to the area, particularly if you have booked near Norfolk accommodations. The beach has perhaps been left off many tourist guides due to the fact that it has suffered from significant coastal erosion over the last 15 years but what has been left is beautiful stretch of beach which is often empty of other people.
The owl experience in Happisburgh is a real treat indeed for anyone who wants to get up close to these gorgeous birds. You can only visit the Happisburgh Owl Centre if you have booked an experience and these last around two hours with the chance to meet some rare species of owls along with some familiar favourites.
East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens
Another great place to explore if you are staying at The Harper Hotel Langham UK are the East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens, a privately owned garden which offers visitors the chance to see some wonderful and unusual plant life all year round. There is also a tearoom and a nursery which sells some of the more unique plants and flowers which are cultivated here.
The Museum of the Broads
The Norfolk Broads are probably one of the most well known features in East Anglia and well worth exploring if you are in the area. In fact, no trip to Norfolk would be complete without a boat ride down one of the rivers and lakes which make up the Broads. If you are interested in the history and creation of Broadland life then the waterside Museum of the Broads is well worth visiting. There is also the opportunity to ride on a steam boat and see the local wildlife for a small additional charge.