The wonderful thing about Norfolk is its many interesting regional delights, giving visitors ample opportunity to discover the region. So whether you love the seaside, woodlands and wildlife, or vibrant sights and sounds, there is something for everyone in Norfolk, and its capital, Norwich. To help get you started, we’ve selected 10 of the best things to do in Norfolk.
A brilliant children’s theme park to visit this summer, guaranteed to entertain the entire family. Enjoy treehouses, zip wires, exciting boat trips and fun-filled walks – don’t forget to look out for Crocklebogs, Twiggles and Boggles too!
Blakeney National Nature Reserve is home to one of England’s largest seal colonies and breeding areas along a 4-mile-long shingle spit. Get close to nature with a boat trip to discover the area.
This beautiful 3,000-acre estate comprises an impressive country hall, gardens, a deer park, woodlands, Holkham beach, walking routes, cycle trails, and lake activities, including a lake cruise, canoe, kayak, rowing trips, plus water zorbing.
The royal family’s country retreat is another top sight in Norfolk. Set in 8,000 hectares, 240 of which are open to the public. The house, museum and gardens are open daily throughout the summer, where you can view royal vehicles, old photographs and memorabilia. There is also a restaurant and tea room on-site.
This 15-inch gauge heritage railway offers an 18-mile round-trip to what is considered the ‘capital of the Broads’, Wroxham, through the green fields of the Bure Valley, following the river. Well worth the journey.
The Castle Acre Priory dates back to 1090. The ruins were home to a community of monks until 1537, and it’s one of the best-preserved monastic sites in England, made up of a 12th-century church, a 15th-century gatehouse and a prior’s lodgings.
The Normans built this 900-year-old castle, and today it is a museum and gallery with collections including natural history, archaeology, art, and the Royal Norfolk Regimental collection. Take a guided tour through the dungeons and castle, and when you need to take a break, visit the café.
This wild landscape is full of fascinating wilderness and wildlife. Explore the trails and hidden spaces and spot birds, including bittern and marsh harriers, bearded tits, Cetti’s warbler, merlin and hen harrier and even barn owls or kingfishers. Other animals that can be spotted include Chinese water deer, red deer and otters!
Pensthorpe Natural Park hosts beautiful gardens, birds and wildlife, miles of routes and trails, WildRootz and Hootz House, the Bug Walk and the WildRootz trail.
Blickling Estate is another impressive country house with magic for youngsters, including ‘secret gardens’, tranquil woodlands, fishing, walking, cycling and horse riding, plus discovering the hall’s history.
Consider staying at Belle Aire Holiday Park, offering luxury Chalet, Caravan and Lodge accommodation close to the Norfolk Broads, Great Yarmouth and the best British seaside.