Away from the tourism hotspots, Breckland is the place to escape the crowds and get back to nature in one of the most distinctive landscapes in the UK. Breckland also has the best overall climate with low rainfall and hot summers.
At its heart is the vast Thetford Forest where you can enjoy cycling and walking on quiet paths, orienteering, horse riding and birdwatching, or take it easy with a picnic. Discover Ice Age pingoes, Neolithic flint mines at Grime’s Graves and the moated stately home Oxburgh Hall.
Gateway to the Brecks is the ancient riverside town of Thetford, where you can visit the Dad’s Army Museum, Ancient House Museum, explore the Abbey ruins or walk up the huge mound of Thetford Castle.
Near the characterful market town of Swaffham is Gooderstone Water Gardens and English Heritage Castle Acre. At Dereham you can ride the Mid-Norfolk Railway to Wymondham Abbey or go back in time at the Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Museum of Norfolk Life.
Near the village-like Attleborough is the superb thirty acre Banham Zoo, the English Whisky Company at St George’s Distillery, Bressingham Steam and Gardens and renowned Peter Beales’ Roses.