Our Favourite Things to do in Norfolk
Published: Thursday 18th Apr 2019
Written by: Chloe Baker
Bathe on Gold Coast-like sands and rugged dunes under cloudless blue skies along the north coast of Norfolk, or cruise the intricate Broads that snake inland like the Gold Coast waterways – Norfolk is rich with culture and intertwined with nature. One of the driest, and sunniest counties in the UK, this world-away destination is the perfect holiday hotspot all year round. And to help you make the most of your time in Nelson’s county, we’ve put together a list of our top 10 favourite things to do and places to visit.
10 must-see days out...
Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
One of the county’s most famous landmarks, Norwich Castle is a medieval fortress, over 900 years old and is home to some of the most outstanding collections of fine art, archaeology, and natural history. When walking around the city, you'll spot it on top of a hill as it towers iconically over the city. Make your way down to the spooky dungeons, or dress up as lords and ladies, the castle is a great learning experience for both children and adults, and with admissions not more than £10, it's hours of affordable fun.
Seals at Blakeney Point
The biggest colony of Common and Grey seals in England, the pod at Blakeney Point sees around 2500 pups each year. Take a boat around the point and see them up close, or simply spot them from the shores. If you fancy hopping on a boat to the point, be sure to book in advance and leave enough time for your trip. The tours fill up very quickly, especially in peak seasons, and last a good couple of hours.
Bluebells at Blickling Estate
Discover an icon of British forests in springtime, at the breathtaking Blickling Estate. A true wild beauty, stroll along woodland paths, carved through a shimmering sea of blue flowers at The Great Wood.
Bike in the Broads National Park
Starting from the cycle hire centre at BeWILDerwood, this pleasant ride through the picturesque Broads villages of Neatishead and Barton Turf is one of the best in Norfolk, and perfect for family picnics.
Admire the Admiral
If you’re a history enthusiast, a trip to the Nelson Museum in Great Yarmouth is a must. Norfolk’s infamous son, Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson paved the way for Britain’s domination at sea, and over 1000 objects dedicated to his life can be found here.
All Aboard the Heritage Express
Chugging along, past some of Norfolk’s most heritage-rich towns, the 1950s-inspired Mid-Norfolk Railway is the perfect way to get around the county, and spot deers, owls, swans, and other wildlife from its period carriages.
Stroll Along the Coast
The Norfolk Coast Path runs for 84-miles, from Hunstanton to Hopton-on-sea, and has some of the most dramatic and magnificent landscapes in the county. Join the path at Wells-next-the-sea and pass the nature-filled salt marshes brimming with wildlife.
Shop ‘til you drop
Norwich is home to some of the best shopping in the country. The open-air market, one of the largest and oldest in England, has over 189 stalls, and the city’s lanes are brimming with independent stores.
An award-winning forest-themed adventure park in the Bure Marshes, BeWILDerwood is perfect for a family day out. Treehouses, zip wires, jungle bridges, Crocklebogs, boat trips, storytelling, and marsh walks – there's something for everyone on this curious treehouse adventure.
Beaching with your Best Friend
The golden sands at Holkham are dog-friendly, with no restrictions. Walk for miles and miles across the Gold Coast-like shores, ducking in-and-out of the towering pine forests and dunes, or simply relax by the sea with your loyal companion.
Norfolk is an idyllic destination for creating lifelong memories. Exploring heritage hideaways, reconnect with nature, or simply relax in picturesque woodlands and along Gold Coast-like shorelines with your dog by your side. Whether you cruise to the golden sands of Holkham or to the winding rivers of the Broads, we’ll bring you closer to the people and places you love. View our Norfolk cottages here.