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Spellbinding Things to Do in Norfolk, England

Sucheta Pradhan Jul 27, 2020
Be it stately buildings, medieval churches, or museums with extraordinary treasures, the Norfolk County in England’s East Anglia region has it all. But its real charms lie outdoors in its idyllic beaches, peaceful nature reserves, and abundant wildlife.
Tap through for some amazing and refreshing things to do in Norfolk, England this vacation season!
Tour Norwich
County seat of the Norfolk County, the wonderful city of Norwich will surprise you every step of the way.
The Norwich Cathedral is a beautiful Norman-style edifice built in cream-colored limestone. It is the most-visited attraction in the city.
The Norwich Castle and Museum is also a great place to if you’re a history buff or are traveling with kids.
The museum houses the famous Snettisham Hoard, a gold treasure dating back to the Iron Age.
Other major attractions in Norwich include the historic area of Elm Hill and the banks of River Wensum.
Beach Hop in Great Yarmouth
This is a seaside resort town in Norfolk County, best known for its beautiful, sandy beaches and awe-inspiring water-sporting adventures.
Great Yarmouth has been one of the favorite destinations of beach lovers since the 1760s.
If you’re traveling with children, head to the Pleasure Beach that has an entry-free theme park with numerous rides and amusements.
Great Yarmouth’s famous Golden Mile a.k.a. Marine Parade is the most happening area in the town, bustling arcades, shopping avenues, and cafés.
Explore Norfolk’s Maritime History in King’s Lynn
England’s most important and busiest port town in the medieval period, King’s Lynn is full of Norfolk’s maritime tales.
The city is home to numerous medieval buildings, including the Guildhall of St. George, the oldest and the largest guildhall in England.
Many Hanseatic warehouses lie on River Great Ouse’s quay. These historic buildings are the most iconic landmarks of King’s Lynn.
While in town, don’t miss visiting its magnificent historic buildings like Castle Rising and Oxburgh Hall.
Moor on the Broads
If you’re traveling in summer, the Broads, a network of navigable lakes and rivers in Norfolk and Suffolk counties, will never cease to impress.
If you love water, you’ll fall in love with this region. You can navigate through its waterways by a boat, barge, or canoe.
The Broads is so extensive that you can spend days anchored up, sunbathing, or simply strolling the serene woods.
While navigating the waters, you’ll come across the region’s famous old windmills, which still serve the purpose of draining water from the land.
Relax in Cromer
Norfolk’s yet another beautiful resort town, Cromer’s cityscape is dominated by an imposing Gothic church that instantly catches the eye.
But what Cromer is really famous for is its beach, which is the favorite spot of surfing and turfing enthusiasts.
The beautiful Victorian pier alongside the beach is also a great spot to sit and relax. It has a theater, which is a major attraction in Cromer too!
If you love seafood, visit Cromer between March and October, the peak season for crabbing and catching shellfish.
Go Old School in Sheringham
Sitting on the north coast of Norfolk County is the traditional fishing and crabbing town of Sheringham.
The town mainly attracts visitors owing to its old-world maritime charm and the famous steam-powered grand North Norfolk Railway, which runs between Sheringham and Holt.
To maintain its heritage, Sheringham’s local council stood against big brands and chain stores taking over the town’s main shopping precinct, resulting in a more local and old-school shopping scene in the town.
By the seaside is the town’s Mo Museum that houses artifacts from Sheringham’s past, including the 19th century shipwrights and fishers and 1.5-million-year old elephant bone fragments.
Rejuvenate in Wells-next-the-Sea
Perhaps the most spectacular as well as popular beach resort town in the Norfolk County, Wells-next-the-Sea packs quite the punch.
What makes Wells-next-the-Sea special is enormous expanse of pale yellowish-gray sand with mounting dunes on the beach.
On the beach, there are numerous colorful huts sitting on stilts with a picturesque backdrop of a fine pine forest.
The town itself boasts little alleys lined with galleries and artisan shops, which are definitely worth a visit.
Feel at Home in Fakenham
If you’re seeking peace and a laid-back weekend, make your way to Fakenham, voted one of the best towns to live in England.
This market town is situated on River Wensum and is surrounded by beautiful countryside that will simply mesmerize you.
Fakenham boasts well-preserved 17th and 18th-century flat-fronted buildings and the majestic Fakenham Parish Church, dating back to the 1400s.
Fakenham is the great place to connect with old ways of life. Its “town gasworks” facility is the only place in England and Wales that produces pure coal gas for home and business use.
And then some more …
Meet the seals at Blakeney National Nature Reserve a.k.a. Blakeney Point.
Explore Castle Acre, the last surviving planned Norman settlement in the UK.
Ascend the Ranworth Church Tower to get stunning views of the Norfolk Broads from up top.
Climb up the Happisburgh Lighthouse for some majestic panoramic views of the sea.
Visit the Norfolk Lavender, the county’s leading farm with 100 acres of lavender fields, a distillery, animal gardens, and tea rooms.
Take your kids to BeWILDerwood, a family attraction packed with magic, adventure, and entertainment.
Marvel at the glory of Holkham Hall and Estate, boasting a fine country hall, manicured garden, deer park, magical woodland, and stunning beach.
Take a ride on the Bure Valley Railway, a 15-inch gauge heritage railway offering an 18-mile picturesque round-trip from Aylsham to Wroxham.
Love wildlife? Go to the Pensthorpe Natural Park, home to many beautiful gardens and numerous exotic bird and animal species.
See the Hippodrome Circus, Britain’s last-surviving full circus building. Take a seat and catch a circus show here!