North Norfolk: A Delightful Holiday Destination
Whether you’re visiting North Norfolk for the first time or regularly return for holidays, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this beautiful county. Our visitor’s guide will give you all the tourist information you need to plan where to go and what to do on your North Norfolk break.
North Norfolk is famous for its unspoilt and varied countryside. Rolling hills, coastal cliffs and woodland areas, plus numerous nature reserves and stunning views, explain why North Norfolk has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Whether you’re a cyclist, horse rider or keen walker, there are networks of trails and paths to suit you. Equestrian yards offer organised group rides along the beaches, or if you’d rather bring your own horse along, can sort out temporary stabling and give advice on where the best paths are. Don’t worry if you’ve forgotten your bike or have a puncture – cycle shops are on hand for renting or repairs.
Wildlife enthusiasts and photographers can enjoy an amazing array of fauna and flora.
Norfolk RSPB reserves are home to numerous rare birds and have ongoing breeding and conservation programmes, plus educational talks from bird experts.
Some of the Natural Trust sites boast herds of deer, some have seals and all have an abundance of insects and wild animals like bats, badgers, foxes, snakes and rabbits to name a few. The National Trust gardens are a plant lover’s dream – herb and walled gardens, exotic plant conservatories and orchards are just a few things you can enjoy.
Locally Sourced Food
North Norfolk’s food scene is becoming increasingly popular, with many well-known chefs, such as Galton Blackiston and Stuart Tattersall, recently opening new restaurants. Fresh, high-quality local produce is at the heart of nearly every menu, and local specialties such as Cromer crab, fish and chips, samphire and game are readily available. Farmer’s markets, farm shops and delis are the perfect place to try something a bit different or pick up locally created gifts.
Historic Landmarks, Galleries and Museums
If history is more your thing, then try a day trip to one of the stately homes, castles or churches dotted around. Historical re-enactments, exhibitions and tours have plenty of stories to tell, whilst giving a snapshot into the lives of previous generations.
There are also many art galleries and museums, showcasing home-grown talent and local history, including the RNLI, railways, aviation and RAF bases.
For families with young children, there’s a huge range of things to do. Zoos, high-ropes courses, water sports centres, theme parks, P-Y-O, treasure trails, crabbing and kite flying will keep them occupied all day long.
Beaches and Seaside Attractions
No holiday would be complete without a trip to the seaside. North Norfolk has a huge array of beaches; from traditional seaside towns like Cromer and remote beaches like Cley (perfect for a peaceful stroll), to the beautiful sunset views of Snettisham.
Water sports are available all along the coast – kayaking, surfing, paddle boarding and kitesurfing equipment can all be rented for adults and kids alike. Sailing courses and trips are very popular, especially when they pass by the seals and their new-born pups.
Events and Festivals
New music, art, heritage, food and drink, dance, theatre and poetry festivals are being organised every year and make a great addition to any holiday, whether a romantic trip for two or a big family break.
North Norfolk has so much to offer and once you’ve been, you’ll never want to leave. Plan your trip today!