Discover Norfolk

Coastal, Food and Drink

Posted by Ruth on 29th July 2020

Discover Norfolk

As part of our Great British Outdoors series, we want to help you discover Norfolk. This breathtaking county boasts some of the most captivating scenery in the country, from granite seas gently lapping golden shores to the serene landscapes of the Broads, carved from the land – all under a vast sky.

At the far-eastern edge of the British Isles, Norfolk appears as if it’s been untouched by the trappings of modern life. But dull backwater it is not – within the flat and verdant landscape, peppered with iconic windmills, you’ll discover some of the UK’s most delicious food and drink, a thriving arts scene and an abundance of nature. And that’s without mentioning the historic towns and villages to explore, where narrow streets hold gems of Georgian architecture, as well as the ‘fine city’ of Norwich packed with centuries of stories. There are so many wonderful places to discover in Norfolk; take a look at our top 10 below.

Top 10 places to stay

Norfolk


Activities in Norfolk

Windmills, waterways and walking

With miles upon miles of countryside to roam, plus the water of both the coast and the Broads to explore, there are plenty of outdoor activities to take part in on a Norfolk holiday.

The stunning Norfolk coastline runs for more than 80 miles from the Wash to the Suffolk border just south of Great Yarmouth and offers endless days of fun. Enjoy a traditional day by the seaside at resorts like Cromer and Hemsby, spot seals at Blakeney or roam the wide-open sands under the huge sky at Stiffkey.

If you want to explore on foot, Norfolk offers a variety of long-distance paths to the intrepid walker. Stay by the sea on the Norfolk Coast Path, walk in the footsteps of Norfolk’s historic residents on Boudicca Way or enjoy the gorgeous Broads landscape on the Wherryman’s Way.

And speaking of the Broads – no visit to Norfolk is complete without a trip on the tranquil waterways that this county is famous for. Hire a boat for the day at Wroxham, Acle or Martham, or let someone else take the helm and drift gently along the placid water, taking in the idyllic views.

Top days out

Activities


Food and drink in Norfolk

Succulent seafood and surprising street food

As a county with a rich fishing heritage combined with rolling fields as far as the eye can see, it’s not surprising that Norfolk is responsible for some of the UK’s most delicious produce. Whether you’re salivating at the thought of a high-end meal, or are hankering for some authentic local food on the go, there is plenty of choice when it comes to food and drink in Norfolk.

The county boasts two Michelin-starred restaurants, both in the north, where the talented chefs make full use of the abundance of fresh seafood that’s landed just a few miles away, as well as delicious ingredients from the fields too. Or why not visit Cromer to sample the famous Cromer crabs?

Norwich is the place to visit for something a little less traditional, with a range of influences from all over the globe that have locals coming back for more. Or visit Norwich Market for some delectable street food and to pick up some local and seasonal ingredients to use back home too.

We’ve whetted your appetite with some delicious food, but Norfolk punches above its weight when it comes to drink too. The county boasts a wide range of breweries making thirst-quenching ales from local hops and grains – try a pint in one of the many welcoming pubs or time your visit to coincide with one of the county’s many beer festivals to sample a wider range.

Best food and drink

Food and drink


Where to stay in Norfolk

From gorgeous Georgian townhouses to fabulous fishing cottages

Whatever you’re dreaming of doing on your perfect Norfolk holiday, we have a self-catering cottage that can be the ideal base for all your adventures.

If you want to explore the sandy beaches, we have a wide range of coastal cottages in Norfolk, from traditional locations such as Great Yarmouth, Hunstanton and Cromer to more off-the-beaten-track beaches like Happisburgh, Overstrand and Burnham Overy Staithe.

Or if you want to spend your days floating peacefully along the Broads atop an iconic wherry, choose our cottages in popular Broads locations such as Wroxham, Reedham and Hickling. Take to the water from your holiday home or relax and take in the views from the water’s edge – the choice is yours.

Of course, there are miles of rolling countryside with endless horizons to explore too. Book a rural barn conversion close to places like Dereham, Diss and Aylsham, or base yourself closer to the action by staying in charming and historic towns such as Holt, Swaffham and Thetford.

Whether you’re visiting with your loved one, your family, or even your dog, we have a wide range of cottages for the perfect setting to your unforgettable adventure in the great Norfolk outdoors.

Top cottages

Norfolk cottages


Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.