Hillside Shire Horse Sanctuary



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Come and see the heavy horses, ponies and donkeys as well as sheep, pigs, rabbits, ducks, hens, goats and many more rescued animals in their home in the beautiful north Norfolk countryside. Visit the museum and relive the farming days of yesteryear surrounded by an extensive collection of carts, wagons and farm machinery. There's lots of space for children to play in the activity areas. Try 'animal friendly' refreshments in the cafe and take home a souvenir from the gift shop. You may even 'adopt' a rescued animal.

Hillside Shire Horse Sanctuary
Sandy Lane, WEST RUNTON, Cromer, NR27 9QH


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
  • Facilities: Concrete yards all ramped
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open 28 Mar-28 Oct daily; Apr-May after Etr; Jun-Aug; Sep-Oct. Closed Fri & Sat Apr-May & Sep-Oct, Sat only in Jun

About the area

Discover Norfolk

The North Norfolk Coast is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and probably the finest of its kind in Europe. Here you’ll find a string of quaint villages and small towns – Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea and Cley next the Sea are 21st-century favourites, while Sheringham and Cromer are classic examples of a good old-fashioned seaside resort where grand Victorian hotels look out to sea. Further round the coast you'll find Great Yarmouth, one of the most popular resorts in the UK and packed full of amusements, shops and seashore entertainment. And let's not forget Norwich, the region's only city.

Norfolk prides itself on its wealth of historic houses, the most famous being Sandringham, where Her Majesty the Queen and her family spend Christmas. Many of Norfolk’s towns have a particular charm and a strong sense of community. The quiet market towns of Fakenham and Swaffham are prime examples, as well as Thetford, with its popular museum focusing on the TV comedy series Dad’s Army which was filmed in the area.

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