History of Holt

Holt is a traditional market town with a history that stretches back to Roman times and possibly to even earlier settlements. Situated near the coast with access to trading ports and in an area that was known for its farming, Holt’s prosperity garnered a mention in the Domesday Book of 1086. A great fire destroyed the majority of the town in 1708. Attractive Georgian buildings made of brick and the local materials of stone and flint replaced the previous wooden structures.

There are 118 listed buildings in the town and its architecture continues to be admired by both residents and visitors. The independent shops, the range of restaurants and accommodation make the town a great place to spend some time. Holt is surrounded by picturesque countryside with numerous footpaths within the parish boundary as well as the 14-acre park known as Spout Hills, located near the Market Place.

With its variety of retail outlets and services and annual line-up of cultural festivals and events, Holt is a town that is thriving today whilst maintaining its links with its beautiful and storied past.

Location – Getting to Holt

Follow the A148 Cromer Road by car and you’ll wind your way to Holt through the Norfolk countryside.

There are regular buses to the town centre. The main bus shelter is situated opposite the war memorial. Bus Operator is Sanders Coaches - Click here for timetable information.

Catch the train by picking up the Poppy Line NNR from Sheringham to Holt. Then it’s just over a mile’s stroll into the town or a seasonal bus service is available during the warmer months.


Holt has lots of parking available, most of it is Pay & Display. You’ll find parking spots at the following locations:

  • Budgens - 120 spaces
  • Chapel Yard - 120 spaces
  • Church Street - 60 spaces
  • Station Road - 60 spaces
  • Bakers and Larners - 30 spaces
  • On street parking in the town centre is also available, check local signage for restrictions.


Here’s where we are - both a handy hand-drawn town map (click / tap it to get a bigger version) and a Google maps location.