Norfolk is so hard to beat when it comes to getting away from it all. A sprawling county with beautiful scenery, spectacular coastline and of course, some very famous waterways...
The Norfolk Broads, a network of rivers and man made lakes, covers a huge area including some 125 miles of navigable channels.
Boaters can cruise around this expanse of tranquility at their leisure taking in free flowing rivers and more than 40 broads if they so wish.
Meander through picturesque villages and bustling towns on your relaxing journey before mooring up at one of the many waterside pubs and restaurants along the way.
For those more inclined to stay on land, there are lots of lovely walking and cycling routes too.
The broads also attract many birdwatchers, fishing clubs and canoeing enthusiasts who flock to this very special place year after year.
The coastline in Norfolk is among the best that Britain has to offer and is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are endless sands on unspoilt beaches backed by dunes, forest or magnificent cliffs. The beaches here really are beautiful and vast, not least Holkham Bay, which has been favoured by Hollywood on several occasions. Shakespeare in Love, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Annihilation, starring Natalie Portman were both filmed here. Wells-next-the-sea is also worth a detour. It is the perfect location for families and with more than 200 colourful beach huts lined up where the sand meets the trees, it’s extremely charming too. For a different feel - and some tasty crab - head to Cromer with its cliffs and pebbly shore. This is a traditional Victorian seaside town complete with period architecture, manicured gardens and the last end-of-pier theatre in Europe, which puts on annual shows during summer and winter. This coastline might be peaceful but it’s also popular with surfers, kite surfers and kite enthusiasts, thanks to brisk winds and plenty of dunes for diving!
Other must-see attractions along the coast include Stiffkey, where visitors can explore salt marshes and tidal creeks, as well as Blakeney Point, which is home to a wealth of wildlife. This four-mile spit has been managed by the National Trust since 1912 and can be visited by boat trips from Morston and Blakeney.
Perhaps the most recognised town along this coast is the popular seaside resort of Great Yarmouth. With fantastic family fun a stone’s throw from the beach, it has pelnty to entertain all generations.
Norfolk is a peaceful county peppered with sleepy flint stone villages and busy little towns. All exude a laid back ambience which even the bustling city of Norwich conforms to.
Here, much of the old city walls still stand, enclosing a shopping district that is teeming with high street brands and independent retailers. Venture into the labyrinth of side streets and courtyards and you’ll find a city rich in culture with theatres, galleries and restaurants galore.
There are two spectacular cathedrals to explore, plus too many brilliant pubs and bars to mention. All in all, this is a city well worth a place on your itinerary.
Of heritage and history, Norfolk has plenty. From Kings Lynn’s rich and fascinating maritime past as one of the major trading ports of England, to the birthplace of Horatio Nelson in Burnham Thorpe. There are also more than 50 museums plus many stately homes and historical landmarks too.