Things to do & see

Explore The Broads

Dilham Hall Retreats is situated in the northern part of the Norfolk Broads. The area plays an important role in the preservation of numerous endangered species and is protected by national and international conservation laws.

These are just a few of the Broads’ nature reserves.

Canoe & SUP Hire

Here at Dilham Hall Retreats, we have Canadian style canoes, solid stand up paddle boards (SUPs), double kayaks and a single kayak to hire, for you to explore our local canal. All hires include life vests too.

Booking in advanced is advised and can be done through the Canoe Hire section of our website. There are two sessions daily, 9:30am-11:30am or 12pm-6pm. Please call 07768 838957 or visit Dilham Hall Canoe Hire Facebook Page for more information.

Whilst you can book on the day, we cannot guarantee availability.

The entrance can be located at watches.releasing.riverbed. on What3Words app.


Alderfen Broad

A Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC), managed by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. This carr woodland, named for the dominating population of alder, is a wonderful place for bird watching.

(under 15 miles from site)

Barton Broad

A Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation, managed by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Barton Broad is a sanctuary for the scarce and vulnerable milk parsley, which is the only plant the swallowtail butterfly will feed on.

(under 15 miles from site)

Hickling Broad

A Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation, managed by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Offering superb circular walks, viewing platforms, and an observation tower, this beautiful area is home to many rare and endangered species.

(under 15 miles from site)

Visit Norfolk’s Stately Homes and Gardens

Norfolk certainly has its fair share of stately homes and gardens – some of them closer to Dilham Hall Retreats than others. 

Felbrigg Estate

Owned by the National Trust since 1969, comprises woodland, parkland, beautifully maintained gardens, and the magnificent 17th century Felbrigg Hall. Lots of accessible footpaths.

(under 20 miles from site)

Blickling Estate

Has been owned by the National Trust since 1940. A visit to the 400-year-old house, diverse gardens, and huge expanse of woodland and parkland really makes a fantastic day out.

(under 15 miles from site)

Mannington Gardens

Part of the privately owned Mannington Estate. An extensive network of footpaths is open to the public, leading you through coppice woodland, wildflower meadows, and green lanes. There’s an arboretum of native trees and an observation hide – with wheelchair access – which looks across a tranquil stretch of water.

(under 20 miles from site)

Other estates open to visitors include: Houghton Hall (45 miles from site); Oxburgh Hall (50 miles from site); Holkham Hall and Estate (40 miles from site); Hoveton Hall Gardens (5 miles from site)

Places of Interest

Here are just a few suggestions for things to do and places to go while you’re enjoying your stay at Dilham Hall Retreats.

Lakeside Riding Centre

A wonderful horse riding experience, nestled in the beautiful countryside, only a 10 minute drive from Dilham Hall Retreats.

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced rider, the hacks and trails through the private Worstead estate can be tailored to all abilities.

Pre-booking is essential, call 07747464775, or visit their website Lakeside Riding Centre

(under 5 miles from site)

Happisburgh Lighthouse

Built by Trinity House after hundreds of lives were lost in shipwrecks off the Norfolk coast during a severe storm in 1789. The lighthouse is now owned and operated by Happisburgh Lighthouse Trust, the UK’s only independent lighthouse authority.

(under 10 miles from site)

Dilham Fishery

Disabled-friendly fishery stocked with coarse fish, including carp, rudd, and roach. Day tickets are available for those with a current Environmental Agency rod licence.

(under 5 miles from site)

East Ruston Gardens

Privately owned collection of themed gardens. With several teashops on site, offering drinks and light meals, this is a lovely place to spend a day.

(under 5 miles from site)

Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens

Known for its collection of Asian mammals, birds, and reptiles, set in the pleasantly landscaped grounds of Thrigby Hall. Parking is free, and there are play areas for children.

(under 20 miles from site)

Bure Valley Railway

Norfolk’s longest narrow-gauge railway, running between Aylsham and Wroxham. Enjoy an 18-mile round trip through the scenic Norfolk countryside in this little steam train.

(under 15 miles from site)

Other interesting places to visit include:Poppy Line Steam Railway (under 30 miles from site); Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre (under 30 miles from site); Norwich Castle Museum (under 20 miles from site); Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden (under 15 miles from site); Amazona Zoo (under 20 miles from site); Bacton Wood (under 5 miles from site); wild swimming and boat trips at Ebridge Mill lock (under 5 miles from site) on the North Walsham and Dilham canal 

Especially for the children: Dinosaur Adventure (under 30 miles from site); BeWILDerwood (under 10 miles from site)

And don’t forget those long stretches of sandy beach, just 5 miles from our location.

Have a wonderful time!