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Holidays in Hickling

A friendly broadland village with a royal history

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Referred to in William the Conqueror’s Domesday Book as ‘Hikelinga - a church with 20 acres’, this pretty village has since grown into a bustling agricultural community.

It lies on the edge of Hickling Broad, the largest and wildest of all the Norfolk Broads and one of the homes of The Norfolk Wildlife Trust. With a thriving artistic community, the village has been popular with The Royal Family over the years, counting both King George V and King George VI as guests.

More recently the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales have visited the village where the 14th century church of St Mary’s presides over important village occasions.

During the middle ages, peat from the marshes was used as fuel for the villagers. The trenches left by this later flooded to form the Broads, and Hickling is now world famous for its wetland nature reserve.

Hickling Broad

You can while away many hours meandering along the Broads - look out for the little thatched huts famous to this area, or take a tour around the trails where, if you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of a Chinese Water Deer, red deer or an evasive otter! Swallowtail butterflies and Norfolk Hawker dragonflies abound in this beautiful area of the country too.

Hickling Heath, the site of Hickling Mill, welcomes visitors on boat trips who can moor at the staithe, but don’t forget the lesser known Hickling Green on your way back to the village.

"The broads are exceptionally eye-catching around Hickling..."

The vintage Greyhound at Hickling pub is the heart of this vibrant community with local real ales proudly kept by the pub landlord. Where better than in the shady award-winning garden to give a few of these your stamp of approval?

Pop along as well if you can to The Pleasure Boat, a pub with waterside gardens where you can spend a lazy afternoon with a long drink and a good book. Rural Cinema At The Barn is just the place for a lazy evening after a long day out and about showing all the latest movies.

If you want something a little more stimulating, Norwich is only 20 miles away and counts on bars and restaurants galore.

For beach-goers, wrap up well and take a trip to the nearby sandy beaches of Sea Palling and Waxham - perfect for seal spotting in winter as well as lovely long breezy walks.

The sweet coastal village of Horsey is home to Ross’ Wildlife Boat Trips and has a personal feel that you don’t get on larger tours. However, the larger Southern Comfort Mississippi Paddle Boat in Horning is also a fun day out and great for both children and hounds.

While you’re there

Hickling Priory

Built in 1185, this priory is one of the best places of historical interest around Hickling.

The Greyhound at Hickling

For a hearty meal and a pint in a friendly atmosphere, try The Greyhound on for size.

St Benet's Abbey

The perfect historical venre for an informative day out.

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