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Norfolk is a county on the edge of the sea that stretches all the way to The Broads, a network of lakes and rivers. It’s a wonderful place to explore by hire car as you’ll be treated to views of waterways, beaches and marshes dotted with picturesque English cottages and windmills. The main city, Norwich, is famous for its cathedral, and Norfolk is also the ideal destination for exploring places like Cambridge,Sheffield and Nottingham.
If you’re arriving in Norfolk via Gatwick Airport then it’s a 138-mile drive by rental car. En route you could take a detour to visit Southend-on-Sea, a vibrant English resort town on the Thames estuary.
There are various hire car providers to suit your budget and preferences, including Budget, Hertz and Keddy. Many offer extras like free cancellation, unlimited mileage and shuttle services to your rental car.
Known as ‘the Venice of the East’, The Broads is a 125-mile area of manmade waterways filled with colourful canal boats and lined with waterside villages. It’s recommend that you park your hire car and take a tourist boat trip down the waterways from Wroxham, as that’s one of the best way to see The Broads. The city of Norwich is filled with winding, cobbled streets where you can stumble upon everything from busy sushi bars to old-fashioned toyshops. The highlight is the 9th century Norwich Cathedral, which has the second highest spire in England. Another must-see is Norwich Castle, a Norman palace that’s now a museum. Cambridge is a 53-mile drive from Norfolk by rental car and you can spend the day strolling by the river Cam and exploring the beautiful college buildings of one of the world’s greatest universities.
If you’re visiting from abroad, remember that the UK is left-hand drive. Norfolk is scenic to explore by rental car, but bear in mind that rural roads can be rugged and narrow. You may encounter the odd sheep or cow, so take special care while driving at night. Remember that it’s illegal to use a mobile phone while driving in the UK.
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