Buildings, beaches and the Broads, that’s Norfolk if you had to pick just three things to sum up the county. Tucked away in the corner of East Anglia, Norfolk has been an important region throughout history, with many reigns leaving their mark in the form of castles, cathedrals and stately homes that are now popular with tourists. Visitors are also drawn by the seaside resorts along the coast that offer the quintessential British holiday experience, as well as the Norfolk Broads, the country’s largest protected wetland and a paradise for wildlife and people alike.
Places to go in Norfolk
When looking at Norfolk’s rich heritage there is no better place to start than the historic city of Norwich, home to iconic buildings dating back to the early 11th Century. The city’s oldest buildings are its castle and cathedral; both are stunning examples of Norman architecture and have been well preserved over the centuries. Also in Norwich are St Andrew's & Blackfriars' Halls, among the most complete medieval friary complex surviving in England. Outside the city, there are some awe-inspiring abbeys and stately homes to see. The 12th Century Wymondham Abbey is known for its giant twin towers, while Sandringham Estate is the Queen’s country retreat. The Norfolk coast is dotted with seaside resorts offering everything you’d expect from a holiday on home soil. Great Yarmouth is the most famous with its ‘Golden Mile’ seafront, market, pier and theatre, but smaller resorts like Cromer and Hunstanton offer a nice low-key alternative.
Our Top Picks in Norfolk
We want you to enjoy the best that Norfolk has to offer and so here's a selection of our favourite things to see and do;
The much-loved country retreat of the Queen, Sandringham Estate is the most famous stately home in Norfolk. The house, museum and gardens are all open to the public at certain times of the year and well worth spending a day exploring. The museum is particularly interesting, housing a collection of Royal vehicles, rare ceramics, photographs and memorabilia.
Boating on the Broads
Just rent a boat, get out on the water and have some fun. First-timers or novices can rent a modest boat for use on many of the larger broads, including Wroxham, Horning, Hickling and Oulton, while more experienced ‘captains’ can opt for a cruiser equipped with all the modern comforts of a home. There are opportunities for sailing, canoeing, kayaking and windsurfing.
Roll up, roll up and see the fantastic and daring acts at Great Yarmouth’s famous Hippodrome Circus. Comedians, dancers, Illusionists, balancing acts, jugglers, aerialists and other high-wire acts are guaranteed to amaze, thrill and entertain you. The venue itself dates back to 1903 and is billed as Britain’s last surviving total circus building.
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