Norfolk, a great all year round destination
Norfolk is a beautiful county located in the East of England. Known for its rich history, diverse landscapes and a truly unique blend of coastal and countryside charm. It offers sweeping coastal spaces primed for endless walks, big skies with space to admire the night’s sky and crucially, peace, tranquillity and a place to rest, relax and reset.
The county offers a diverse tapestry of idyllic villages, historic towns, cultural cities, world famous waterways in the guise of the Norfolk Broads and enough beaches to last you more than a few holidays.
Sandringham Estate, the location that the Royal Family choose to spend Christmas, is very close to hand, whilst the nearby beaches and towns dotted along the coast attract millions of visitors throughout the year. Norfolk’s a county that has something for everyone.
Things to do in Norfolk
Norfolk boasts close to 40 beaches, each one offering something different than the last. Vast swathes of long sandy beaches that are supported by towns and villages or simply empty and wild as nature intended. Whether you are looking for a coastal walk along the Norfolk Coastal Path or somewhere with local services and amenities, you’ll find it here!
Norfolk is not short of stately homes! The famous Sandringham where the royal family reside at Christmas grabs the headlines, but there are many more to choose from, such as Holkham Hall or Houghton Hall. Houghton Hall was built in the 1720s for the UK’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole. Not only is it one of Norfolk’s most beautiful stately homes it is surely one of England’s finest Palladian houses.
Pathways rural walks
Norfolk is blessed not just with a myriad of footpaths that criss-cross the countryside, through villages, hamlets and acres of open countryside. It is also blessed with an 84-mile-long coastal path. The coastal path takes in the many seaside towns and villages that pepper the coastline and give weary legs somewhere to stop and refresh.
There is an impressive list of cycle paths in Norfolk. Notably flat, it is an ideal location to take to two wheels to discover the local area. Some dedicated cycle paths include the circular Norfolk Broads path, but also the 26 mile off road trail that is Marriot’s Way or the 46-mile long Peddars Way – amongst many others.
Norfolk is blessed with a multitude of nature reserves. Nature features heavily in this county. The RSPB has three reserves in Norfolk – RSPB Snettisham, RSPB Titchwell Marsh and RSPB Strumpshaw Fen. Each one offers something different and is a perfect spot to relax and to learn about local bird species. It is also a great place to get children to engage in bird life and to understand the importance of birds within our wildlife.