The county may be out on a limb geographically speaking, but hotels in Norfolk bring visitors right to the heart of the action! Whether you’re after a romantic rural getaway in one of the area's 5-star hotels, a convenient city location for a business meeting in one of the many 4-star hotels or a budget shopping break with the girls, Norfolk hotels come in as many shapes and sizes as their up-country cousins. One of the many reasons people choose to visit Norfolk is for its beautiful countryside, with the famous Norfolk Broads the jewel in the crown. In summertime, the waterways are abuzz with pleasurecraft and the riverside inns throw open their terraces and gardens to diners, while out of season the area is a mecca for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts. Book a break at one of Broadland’s pretty boutique hotels and go in search of rare bitterns, shy water voles and colourful kingfishers.
If it’s history and heritage you’re after, Norfolk has more than its fair share of both. Blickling Hall near Aylsham, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, is one of the most complete country estates in the county, with its stunning 16th-century hall set amongst spectacular gardens and landscaped parkland; here you can admire one of the National Trust’s most important book collections or discover the vital part the estate played in the Second World War at the RAF Museum.
Norfolk is also justly famous for its spectacular coastline, with miles of family-friendly sandy beaches and world-famous nature reserves. Cromer Pier is one of this charming resort’s most iconic landmarks. Its historic theatre is home to one of Britain’s longest-running end-of-the-pier variety shows as well as a year-round programme of popular entertainment. Check into one of the town’s romantic hotels and explore the heart of Poppyland, immortalised by the 19th-century poet and theatre critic Clement Scott, with a ride on the historic Poppy Line heritage railway.
Shopaholics and culture vultures alike will find plenty to keep them happy in Norwich. Art-lovers should make a beeline for Norwich Castle, which houses a magnificent collection of landscape paintings from the Norwich School as well as fine examples of Lowestoft porcelain. After you’ve admired all those historic treasures, drag yourself back to the 21st century with a browse around the markets and malls of this attractive city. There’s a wide variety of accommodation to suit every style and pocket, from luxury hotels to bargain B&Bs, so it pays to shop around for deals if your plans are flexible..