Thursday, 25 March 2010
Last weekend the National Trust threw open their doors (actually at Oxburgh they couldn't do that, there were far too many people, it must have gently creaked open!) to free visitors. Not too sure where I found out about this on the Friday night, but I'm glad I did, we headed off to Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk on Sunday afternoon with the sun blazing and all of us happily tucked safely inside the newer (of the two) Landrovers which we've finally decided to call Booboo (don't ask, it was Bessie, then Bertie (poor thing, is it a girl or a boy I ask).
So Oxburgh with its history of the Bedingfeld family. We were able to walk up to the top of the towers and see the stunning views - lucky it was a clear day. Interesting little priest hole at the entrance to one of the towers - designed to hide the visiting Catholic priests during the 16th century when religion was all up in the air. There's also a chapel to see and a lovely walk through the grounds but we skipped this in order to head off and find some green lanes to slosh through with Booboo!
We also discovered a promising water gardens and Iceni Village museum in the surrounding villages which we'll definitely return to in the warmer (hopefully) months ahead.
Decided to tip down with rain on the way home - the sun doesn't shine for long at the mo does it?