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Things to do near The Saracen's Head

We are lucky to be a few miles from the stunning Norfolk coastline, where you can explore sand dunes, pebble beaches, and rock pools between West Runton, Overstrand, Hunstanton, Satlhouse and beyond. We are just a few miles from the bustling market town of Aylsham and the traditional, Victorian seaside town of Cromer, and kids will love crabbing at Wells-by-the-Sea.


The Saracen’s Head is surrounded by wonderful walks, take any number of tracks directly from our doorstep and find yourself in the most idyllic woodlands, estate grounds and riversides. We have directions and knowledge of the local area, so take your time and grab a map on your way out. Try this 7.5 mile circular walk from nearby village Calthorpe over the Blickling. Or this one from nearby Wolterton Park over to the gardens of Mannington Hall

Historic houses

We have wonderful historical houses in Norfolk, all within reach of The Saracen’s. Houghton Hall is known for it’s stunning art collection and sculpture park, Anne Boleyn’s former home and Jacobean Masion, Blickling Hall is just a few miles away and has a beautiful lake, where you can hire bikes from the park and explore the woods. Holkham Estate has a range of fascinating events throughout the year and the huge expanse of sandy beach here is breath-taking.

Cromer by the Sea
Felbrigg Hall walks

Norfolk Broads and Norwich

The Norfolk Broads are only a 40 minute drive, where you can hire a boat for the day and explore the waterways and if you fancy a day in the city, beautiful medieval Norwich is only 40 minutes drive and has the Castle Museum, and the Sainsbury Centre for art lovers and all the high street shops for those needing a retail fix. 


Our county is renowned for its superb birdwatching; spot raptors as well as visiting breeds. For keen birdwatchers there’s a great variety of sites where you can observe the diverse bird wildlife here, visit the first original sanctuary for bird breeding at Cley Marshes, or head to Pensthorpe if you’ve children with you for a full day’s adventure. 

Blickling Hall
Cycling in North Norfolk

For those not wanting to wander far from the inn, or with only a little time to spare, why not adventure just a mile or so down the road to the pretty village of Itteringham, where you’ll find the community run Itteringham Village Shop, serving locals since 1637. You can stop for coffee and cake here, and buy any number of supplies from local producers, from soap to fudge and even some jaunty bright pink woollen socks. There are some beautiful walks around Itteringham, too. 

Holkham Beach