Things to do in Norfolk

Norfolk, a county located in the East of England, is renowned for its picturesque landscapes, broads (river valleys), and rich history. This region is characterized by its unique geography, including over 90 miles of unspoiled coastline, vast countryside, and the famous Norfolk Broads National Park. Norfolk’s heritage is deeply rooted in maritime and agricultural traditions, with historic towns and villages dotting the landscape. The area’s natural beauty and tranquil setting make it a popular destination for both tourists and locals seeking escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

The county boasts a wealth of historical sites, from ancient castles and medieval churches to stately homes and museums. Norwich, the county town of Norfolk, is home to a vibrant arts scene, bustling marketplaces, and a plethora of independent shops and eateries. Throughout the year, Norfolk hosts various cultural events and festivals that celebrate its rich heritage and community spirit. Whether you’re interested in exploring the great outdoors, delving into history, or enjoying local cuisine, Norfolk offers an array of experiences that cater to all interests.

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  • Blickling Estate: Explore the magnificent Blickling Estate, where history comes alive amidst stunning gardens and an impressive Jacobean mansion. Discover stories of past inhabitants including Anne Boleyn’s alleged birthplace.
  • Holkham Hall: Visit Holkham Hall for an immersive experience in one of England’s grandest stately homes set within an 18th-century landscape park with a deer park at its heart.
  • The Norfolk Broads: Take to the water on the serene Norfolk Broads. Enjoy boating holidays or day trips exploring these iconic waterways that offer unparalleled natural beauty.
  • Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts: Immerse yourself in world-class art collections ranging from antiquities to modern works at this architectural marvel located on the University of East Anglia campus.
  • Cromer Crabbing: Experience traditional crabbing off Cromer Pier – fun for all ages! Learn about local marine life while enjoying breathtaking views along North Norfolk’s coast.
  • Thursford Collection: Marvel at Thursford Collection’s array of steam engines and fairground attractions. This unique venue also hosts spectacular Christmas shows drawing visitors nationwide.
  • Norwich Cathedral: Discover over 900 years of history within Norwich Cathedral’s awe-inspiring architecture. It serves as a beacon of spirituality in Norfolk with regular services and events.
  • SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth: Encounter marine creatures from around the globe at SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth. Interactive exhibits provide close-up experiences with everything from sharks to penguins.
  • Banham Zoo: Spend a day among exotic animals from across continents at Banham Zoo. Engage with conservation efforts while enjoying family-friendly activities throughout this expansive wildlife park.
  • Pensthorpe Natural Park: Connect with nature at Pensthorpe Natural Park where conservation meets recreation amid beautiful landscapes featuring gardens, trails, and wetlands teeming with wildlife.
  • North Norfolk Railway: Step back in time aboard vintage trains running through scenic coastal routes on North Norfolk Railway’s heritage line connecting Holt to Sheringham.
  • Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary: Rescue, rehabilitate & release is the mantra at Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary where visitors can learn about marine rescue efforts alongside exploring aquarium exhibits showcasing diverse species.