Oxburgh Hall

Oxburgh Hall is a National Trust property located in Norfolk about 20-30 minutes away from Lakenheath (could be shorter but Jane and I got a bit mixed on the way there).

Oxburgh Hall belong to the Bedingfield family and was built in the 15th century. Their property was auctioned off in 1951 because of the state of the economy and the house was bequeathed to the National Trust. It has amazing decorum and history. The Bedingfields were both staunch Catholics and Royalists which meant that they had to walk a very fine line as you could have been killed for being Catholic and times they had to leave the country for their safety. You can see and go in a priest hole, see where Henry VII and his wife stayed and the needlework of Mary the Queen of Scots (not to be confused with Bloody Mary). The tour of the house ends with a beautiful view from the roof terrace.

This is a great place to visit with the children and any history buffs. Pack a lunch and make it a day.

As a Catholic, it was interesting to hear the Catholic history displayed in such a way but this will amaze anyone.

Also visit the church outside the walls of the property, it has amazing terracotta statues that are in very good condition.

Why not stop at The Swan in Hilborough for a pint or a meal on the way home? It is family friendly and has that old pub charm I love.

All the Best!

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