Places to visit in Norfolk
Norfolk is home to quaint villages, market towns, seaside retreats, and a procession of unique beauty spots that make the county a holiday maker’s dream. Take a browse of these Haven-approved destinations to get you excited about visiting East Anglia.
There are so many brilliant places to visit in Norfolk, from adventure playgrounds to seaside resorts, unspoilt beaches and the wetlands of the Norfolk Broads, there are plenty of places to take in that breath of fresh air on an adventure with the family. The county is also home to four Haven sites so whichever destination you choose to visit from this list, you’ll never be far from one of the best holiday parks in Norfolk.
1. Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
Great Yarmouth isn’t just East Anglia’s finest resort town, it’s also the gateway to the magical Norfolk Broads. As the UK's largest nationally protected wetland and an important area for wildlife, the Broads are an area of peace and tranquillity. That’s not to say there isn’t plenty of entertainment at hand- visitors can try an abundance of water sports. Fishing, sailing, boating and canoeing are all possibilities here.
The town itself has a fascinating maritime heritage and is a port that was once the hub of the herring industry. The famed ‘Golden Mile’ is a paradise for lovers of all things seaside with venues lining the promenade. Adventure golf, rides on giant snails and even rollercoasters are just some of things to do, while the alluring smells of fresh doughnuts and fish and chips waft through the air. With several of the best holiday parks in Norfolk on its doorstep, Great Yarmouth is one of the greatest Haven-approved destinations.
2. Cromer, Norfolk
Cromer is one of the most popular seaside destinations in the UK and has plenty to keep all ages entertained. It’s so much more than just fish and chips and a sandy beach. The quintessentially Victorian destination is also full of history and beautiful architecture and plays a vitally important role in the local fishing industry.
Visit the impeccably preserved pier, take in the views from the tallest church tower in Norfolk and enjoy the sublime Blue Flag beach. You can also browse a host of independent shops, museums and a fun fair on the promenade during the summer months which is especially fun for the kids. Speaking of children, nothing will stick in the memory like the favourite childhood activity of crabbing off the end of the pier - something this writer remembers fondly.
3. Norwich, Norfolk
The delightful county town of Norwich fuses the modern and historic to create the perfect recipe for a day out. You can wander the ancient, cobbled streets which are home to over 1,500 historic buildings and 33 medieval churches all housed within the spectacular city walls. With all this to take in, it's no wonder Norwich was the first city in the UK to ban traffic from its main shopping street.
Make sure not to miss the 1,000-year-old cathedral that boasts the second tallest spire in the country, the Victorian Royal Arcade, the bustling market, picturesque Elm Hill and the magnificent castle, all highlights of this fascinating city.