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BERKHAMSTED CASTLE

Ruined remains of motte and bailey castle dating from 11th to 15th centuries. Berkhamsted was home to kings, besieged by the French and scene of the Saxon surrender to William the Conqueror in 1066.

Location/Address: Berkhamsted
County: Hertfordshire
Post Code: HP4 1HH
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Link to featured article: Why visit Berkhamsted Castle?
Primary Management: English Heritage
ELEANOR CROSS, Waltham

One of three surviving original Eleanor Crosses of the 12 ordered by Edward I to commemorate his deceased wife, Eleanor. Eleanor died at Harby in 1290 and a cross was subsequently erected at every point where the cortege carrying her body rested on its journey to Westminster. The other three surviving crosses are at Geddington and Hardingstone in Northamptonshire; the final cross was at Charing, London. The Waltham Cross is in the centre of the town near the Pavilions Shopping Centre and has been heavily restored.

Photo Nigel Cox via Wikimedia.  Post code is approximate.

Location/Address: Waltham Cross
County: Hertfordshire
Post Code: EN8 7AJ
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Link to featured article: Eleanor's Cross, Hardingstone
Tip/Nearby: Waltham Abbey
Primary Management: Local Authority
ROMAN THEATRE of VERULAMIUM

The Roman theatre at Verulamium is unique in Britain, because it's a theatre with a stage, rather than an amphitheatre. It was built in about 140AD, later redeveloped and by the 4th century it is estimated it could seat an audience of some 2,000. Close to the ruins are the foundations of shops and a temple. There is not a great deal to see, but it is opposite the Roman Museum - so park near the latter and combine the two.

Part of the Gorhambury Estate.

Location/Address: A4147 Road
St Albans
County: Hertfordshire
Post Code: AL3 6AE
Main Historic Period: Roman
Useful Website Address: Official Gorhambury website
Tip/Nearby: Verulamium Roman Museum is virtually opposite. Also St Albans Abbey nearby.
Primary Management: Private - open to the public
VERULAMIUM MUSEUM

Verulamium, was the third largest city in Roman Britain and the museum, Verulamium, stands on the site of the Roman town. It is a museum of everyday life in Roman Britain, containing recreated Roman rooms, some amazing mosaics and several intriguing objects - as well as the Sandridge Hoard - a collection of 159 gold Roman coins discovered nearby in 2012.

Location/Address: St Michael's
St Albans
County: Hertfordshire
Post Code: AL3 4SW
Main Historic Period: Roman
Useful Website Address: Verulamium Museum website
Tip/Nearby: Roman Theatre within walking distance - across main road. St Albans Abbey in town.
Primary Management: Local Authority
Blakeney

In the Middle Ages, the small village of Blakeney was a thriving port handling exotic products like spices. Silting of the harbour changed its fortunes and it’s now an attractive tourist destination and a good base for exploring north Norfolk. It is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the North Norfolk Coastal Path passes through the village and the whole area is a magnet for walkers and wildlife lovers. The harbour and surrounding marshes are owned by the National Trust and is a nature reserve. Within the village are the remains of the medieval Blakeney Guildhall, the twin-towered medieval St Nicholas church as well as pubs and restaurants. The largest seal colony in England can be visited by boat to Blakeney Point, which (with restrictions to protect wildlife) can also be walked to from nearby Cley-next-the-Sea. Samphire is grown on the point and, as well as seals, ringed plovers, oystercatchers, brent geese and common teal can also be spotted.

County: Norfolk
Post Code: NR25 7NE
Main Historic Period: All
Useful Website Address: Norfolk tourist site
Tip/Nearby: Nature reserve, seal spotting, Holkham Hall, Castle Acre...
Primary Management: Local Authority
BLAKENEY GUILDHALL

Flint-covered remains of a 15th century merchant's house, with a fine brick-vaulted undercroft. It later became the guildhall for local fish merchants. Worth seeing if you're in town; it's just by the quayside.

English Heritage property managed by Blakeney Parish Council.

Location/Address: Back Lane
Blakeney
County: Norfolk
Post Code: NR25 7NA
Main Historic Period: Tudor
Tip/Nearby: Binham Priory, Castle Acre, visit the seals off Blakeney Point.
Primary Management: Local Authority
BROADS (The)

The Broads covers an area of 117 square miles of East Anglia, where there is a network of navigable waterways and rivers, which meander through low countryside and past picturesque villages. It is a place for leisure boating and wildlife watching, particularly birds and invertebrates. The 'broads' themselves are formed from old flooded peat workings.

Location/Address: Broads Authority
Yare House
62-64 Thorpe Road
Norwich
County: Norfolk
Post Code: NR1 1RY
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: Britain's National Parks
Useful Website Address: Broads Authority website
Primary Management: National Park
CASTLE ACRE CASTLE and BAILEY GATE

Atmospheric ruin of the castle of the de Warrene's, the Earls of Surrey, in Norfolk.  The entire village was once protected by its defences.

Location/Address: Castle Acre
County: Norfolk
Post Code: PE32 2XB
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Link to featured article: The Castle at Castle Acre
Tip/Nearby: Castle Acre Priory
Primary Management: English Heritage
CASTLE ACRE PRIORY

Impressive and extensive ruins, which include a virtually complete west range with the prior's lodging and several wonderful features - including a ceiling with original painted Tudor roses. The site is enormous, and varied. There's also an exhibition and a herb garden.

Location/Address: Castle Acre
King's Lynn
County: Norfolk
Post Code: PE32 2XD
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Primary Management: English Heritage
NORWICH CASTLE

What remains of Norwich's Norman castle is a striking white stone keep, now housing a museum and art gallery. Here you can learn about the history of the castle, which has been both a palace and a prison, as well as explore the battlements, dungeons and collections. Galleries are dedicated to art, ancient Britons, Egyptians, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings and natural history.

Location/Address: Castle Hill
Norwich
County: Norfolk
Post Code: NR1 3JU
Main Historic Period: All
Useful Website Address: Norfolk Museums website
Primary Management: Local Authority
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