Top five things to do in Norfolk

Norfolk has it all. There’s the culture and city life of Norwich. The idyllic backdrop of the Norfolk Broads. The miles and miles of sandy coastline. All this means there are endless choices for visitors to this laidback county. Here are our top five things to do in Norfolk:

1. Explore the city of Norwich

Norwich is full of charm and history not just because of it’s 900 year old castle centrepiece and one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the country. With cobbled streets at every turn, independent businesses thrive here, including the famous market with its multicoloured roof (best viewed from above). Norwich’s vibrant restaurant and bar scene pairs perfectly with it’s virtually unblemished medieval features.

2. Wander around Whittlingham

Whittlingham Country Park is just a stones throw from the city centre. Woodland, lakeside and riverside walks aplenty, there is also a fully fledged watersports centre for those a little more daring. The visitor information centre and cafe is housed in a historic flint barn (perfect for when you need a cuppa).

3. Get lost in Thetford Forest

Boasting the ‘best climate in the UK’, Thetford Forest offers an endless choice of outdoor pursuits from leisurely walks and cycle trails to high rope adventures and Neolithic caves, therefore there is something for everyone. It’s a great place to visit on your way in or out of Norfolk, because it sits conveniently on the Suffolk border.

4. Hire a boat in Wroxham

Known as the ‘Capital of the Broads’, the village of Wroxham and its neighbour Hoveton, form a hub of shops (check out the local ‘Roys’ chain of shops) and boating holiday providers. The River Bure passes directly through the centre and as a result, you access to hire a day boat to explore the neighbouring riverside villages and natural beauty.

5. Eat fish and chips in Cromer

Cromer is a quintessential British seaside town. The beaches, pier, promenade and lifeboat station are all overlooked by the town on the clifftop above. Enjoy an ice cream, or fish and chips overlooking the sea, before taking a paddle down on the many sandy beaches which line the North Norfolk coast. Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside!


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