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NorfolkEngland, United Kingdom

King\'s Lynn showing heritage architecture

If it is a relaxing rural getaway rather than a high powered city break then look no further than Norfolk. Located on the east coast of England it makes for a short break destination with its small towns, rural villages and long stretch of coastline to explore.

Norfolk has a wide range of accommodation to suit all needs, including the opportunity to get back to nature with camping near the beach or maybe a self-catering cottage in the rural countryside.

There are a wide range of eateries to choose from when in Norfolk, from the popular fine dining restaurants in Norwich town to the more old time pubs in the Yarmouth area. Each using locally sourced ingredients, you will not be disappointed be it pub grub or restaurant fine dining.

Take a Trip to the Seaside

Norfolk has many sandy beaches to choose from, including Gorleston; the beach itself stretches for miles and is increasing every year due to erosion along the Norfolk coast. There are cafes and amusements located nearby so it’s perfect for entertaining the whole family all day long.

When in Norfolk a trip to the nearby Norwich Cathedral is well worth a visit if you like your history. Don’t forget your camera when visiting this beautiful imposing landmark. The stained glass windows are incredible with some newer, more modern additions, which help to create a tunnel of colour. There is plenty to see with separate chambers and various displays and artefacts to explore, whilst viewing mirrors help with the viewing of the ceiling. During holiday periods there are often children’s activities.

Experience Something Different

A quick way to see as much of Norfolk as you can in a short space of time would be taking a train journey along the Poppy Line; a popular visitor attraction in Norfolk travelling throughout the countryside. The steam train offers the opportunity to experience life in the 1960s riding first class, with visitor guides to help point out landmarks along your journey.

If you want to do something out of the ordinary when in Norfolk then alpaca trekking offers just that. Available in Wells, it is a top local attraction with the alpaca owners on hand to offer you advice and share their knowledge of these wonderful animals. You will be guided on a trek through the town with them, a truly excellent experience.

Get Close to Wildlife

Families will enjoy exploring the Amazona Zoo in Cromer. Set in secluded grounds on the North Norfolk Coast and with a fascinating collection of animals and birds including jaguars, monkeys and parrots, as well as an outdoor play area, the whole family will remember their visit to this wonderful zoo in Norfolk.

Popular cities in Norfolk

Mousehold Heath featuring a city, heritage elements and landscape views
Known for Relaxing, Sport and Spa
On the River Wensum sits this modern city that retains its strong medieval roots, located within easy reach of the breathtakingly beautiful Norfolk Broads.

Reasons to visit

  • Norwich Cathedral
  • Norwich Castle
  • The Forum
King\'s Lynn featuring heritage elements, heritage architecture and a church or cathedral
King's Lynn
Known for Relaxing, Spa and Small Town
This town’s rich maritime history is evident in its quayside warehouses and fine old merchants’ homes. It was once one of England’s most important ports. 

Reasons to visit

  • Holkham National Nature Reserve
Ely Cathedral showing a church or cathedral, heritage elements and heritage architecture
Known for Tour, Sightseeing and Secluded
One of the top attractions in the Fens, this little market town is mostly known for its stunning cathedral. 

Reasons to visit

  • Ely Cathedral
Great Yarmouth
Great Yarmouth
Known for Friendly People, Sea and Cultural Activity
Great Yarmouth is calling! Discover its theme park, oceanfront, culture and more.
Known for Seafood, Family-friendly and Relaxing
This busy market town is defined by attractive Georgian architecture, which serves as a reminder of its prosperous past.
Known for Beach View, Family-friendly and Theatre
Lowestoft is calling! Discover its beaches, theatre, lake views and more.