A guide to exploring Norfolk, England
Norfolk, I fell in love with you the minute I arrived.
Norfolk is yet another example of the natural beauty we have here in the UK. Proof that you don’t always need to go to an exotic destination to get a coastline like this one.
Nope this is not Australia, this is England…
Did you miss my weekend in Norfolk? See all my photos and what I got up to here.
Where is Norfolk?
Norfolk is a county on the East Coast of England. The county town is Norwich.
I’ve saved all the places in this post on a very handy Google Map for you!
How do you get to Norfolk?
If you’re coming from further afield, Norwich City has an airport with domestic flights (although you can connect in Amsterdam for international flights), or London airports are within easy reach by train or coach (Stansted is the closest). Check SkyScanner for good deals on flights!
How do you get around Norfolk?
Buses go regularly throughout the county: check timetables at www.travelineeastanglia.co.uk. Trains go to the larger cities of Norwich, Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn regularly.
To be more flexible, take your car (or hire one) make it a road trip!
If you’re staying in one area with accommodation close to everything you want to see, Norfolk is a beautiful area to walk around. Walking is a great way to keep fit and to reduce your carbon footprint!
Where should you stay in Norfolk?
In terms of which area to stay in, if I were you I’d stay near the North Norfolk Coast or the Broads, as these areas are beautiful! But if you want better public transport access and to be nearer the city, Norwich might be better for you.
When I went to Norfolk for the weekend, we stayed in an Oxburgh Lodge at Norfolk Woods Resort and Spa, a gorgeous contemporary resort that is nestled within the Norfolk countryside and around a 30 minute drive from the coast. It was perfect for the girly weekend I’d planned and felt like a luxurious home from home. Check out my whole weekend at the Oxburgh Lodge here.
Things to do in Norfolk…
1. Go for a walk or hike.
This is such a stunning part of England, it would be a shame to miss out on all the outstanding beauty surrounding you! Click here for a variety of walks to suit every level of fitness.
2. Explore a country estate.
Whether it be the famous Sandringham where Kate and William live, or other stunning estates such as Holkham, Blickling or Felbrigg, don’t miss out on the opportunity to soak up a bit of British culture.
3. Visit the woolly mammoth ruins in West Runton.
4. Do a boat trip to see the seals at Blakeney Point or Horsey Beach.
5. Attend a choral service at Norwich Cathedral.
The Christmas services are said to give you goosebumps!
6. Walk through the lavender fields.
Obviously being careful not to tread on any flowers! While you’re in the area, go to the Norfolk Lavender tea rooms and grab yourself a cuppa and some souvenirs!
7. Visit Norwich Castle and see an art or history exhibition.
8. Shop around the Maddermarket, Norwich.
A super alternative part of the city with lots of charity shops, indie cafes and kooky pubs.
9. Explore The Broads.
“Norfolk is possibly most famous for the man-made Broads, a National Park with over 125 miles of navigable lock-free waterways set in beautiful countryside and studded with charming and picturesque towns and villages.” (Visit Norfolk)
10. Catch a gig in Norwich at The Waterfront or The LCR.
11. Wander around Burnham Market.
12. Enjoy the coastline that you won’t believe is in the UK.
Honestly, we could have been in Australia when we went! It’s dreamy at sunset too. Holkham beach has been voted the best beach in the UK, and it’s easy to see why.
13. Ride a bike and enjoy the countryside.
14. Embrace your inner child and enjoy the rides on Great Yarmouth seafront.
15. Pick your own strawberries at Wiveton Hall.
16. Try a local beer from a microbrewery.
17. Explore Cromer.
Sandy beaches, museums, great food, and access to the Coastal Walking Trail make this a great destination for a holiday on the Norfolk Coast.
18. Kitesurf at Hunstanton Cliffs.
The famous red and white cliffs are particularly beautiful at sunset.
19. Have a picnic on Beacon Hill, the highest point in the county.
Look up at the sky at night! There’s so little light pollution in this area of England, so you can see all the twinkling little stars in all their glory.
21. Hire a beach hut at Wells-next-the-Sea, Hunstanton or Cromer.
Places to eat and drink in Norfolk…
- The Waffle House, Norwich: free-range, organic waffles to suit every taste!
- Giggling Squid, Norwich: amazing Thai food, but a little pricey
- Taste of Malabar (Cafe Malabar), Norwich: superb authentic South Indian food
- Haggle, Norwich: Insta-friendly Middle Eastern food with fabulous cocktails! Not cheap, but a good one for date night.
- The Pigs, Edgefield: Seasonal, local food, good drinks, cozy rooms to sleep in, a relaxing spa, and it’s dog-friendly!
- The Wildebeest, Stoke Holy Cross: relaxed fine dining – a nice one for a special occasion.
- The Earle Arms, Heydon: an award-winning country pub
- Folly’s tea room, Holt: beautiful vintage afternoon tea to satisfy your curiosi-tea!
- The White Horse, Brancaster Straithe: seafood with a stunning coastal view
- Storm in a teacup, Norwich: homemade sweets and savouries, including creations with my fav Biscoffs, and lots of gluten free cakes!
- George & Dragon, King’s Lynn: great vegan and veggie options!
- Mr Postle’s Apothecary, Norwich: for cocktails described as “magical potions and eccentric elixirs”
- Rocky Bottoms, West Runton: a great seafood restaurant
- French’s, Wells-next-the-Sea: amazing vegan sausage / fish and chips!
- Norfolk Lavender tea rooms, Heacham: gorgeous baked lavender goods, and the opportunity to buy lavender souvenirs to take home with you!
Norfolk, I’m pretty sure you’ll be seeing me again soon.
Have you been to Norfolk?
What were your favourite spots? I’d love to know!
Love as always + happy adventuring,
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