Local Attractions in Norfolk
Visitors to Norfolk can enjoy walking, cycling, bird watching, boat trips and sightseeing picturesque villages decorated with attractive signs and thatched cottages or just relaxing on a beach! Norfolk is full of history, wildlife, quiet country lanes and the 150 miles of coast line!! Norfolk is a top holiday destination all year round.
Norwich offers restaurants, cinemas, parks and excellent city centre shopping, with the new Chapelfield Shopping Mall & the well established Castle Mall.
Nature and Wildlife
The Broads is a member of the international family of National Parks. Its unique landscape of shallow lakes and rivers is renowned for wildlife.A rich mix of attractions are on offer on land and water all year round - and the historic city of Norwich is right on the doorstep.
- NWT Ranworth Broad: Accessed via a boardwalk through atmospheric woodland and reedbed, NWT's floating Broads Wildlife Centre offers impressive views over the water. (4 miles)
- How Hill: How Hill National Nature Reserve forms a large area of established fen within the River Ant valley, north of Ludham Bridge. It is remarkable for its variety of Broads habitats. (4 miles)
- Hickling Broad: Nature reserve beside the largest area of open water in the Broads. Dykes, marshes, fens and woodland, with a visitors centre and water trail. Wintering and resident birds. (7 miles)
- The Broads National Park: The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads is Britain's largest protected wetland and third largest inland waterway, with the status of a national park. It's also home to some of the rarest plants and animals in the UK. The Broads Authority was set up in 1989, with responsibility for conservation, planning, recreation and waterways. (1.5 miles)
- Cockshoot Broad: Cockshoot Broad is a secluded, tranquil broad, renowned for its water lily beds - a testament to the good water quality here. (4 miles)
- Hoveton Great Broad: Hoveton Great Broad nature trail, a path of railway sleepers, is a rare and beautiful glimpse into the carr woodland. (2 miles)
- Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden: Fairhaven is a unique garden rich in wildlife. The Garden is an eclectic mix of native and cultivated plantings with a network of dyke systems and a private broad. (7 miles)
Norfolk has plenty of historic buildings and museums and has many National Trust sites such as stately homes and gardens as well as hundreds of hidden churches filled with history. There are the steam trains,wonderful Roman dug waterways and many many market towns. Of course there is the historical and beautiful City of Norwich close by to explore and shop.
- Norwich Castle: One of the city’s most famous landmarks, Norwich Castle was built by the Normans as a Royal Palace 900 years ago. Now a museum and art gallery, it is home to some of the most outstanding collections of fine art, archaeology and natural history. (6 miles)
- Bridewell Museum: Over the past 700 years The Bridewell has had a colourful and changing history. It has been a home to powerful merchants, a house of correction, a factory and a museum.(5 miles)
- City of Norwich Aviation Museum: Over a dozen complete aircraft are on display ranging from the tiny wooden Evans VP-2 all the way up to a huge Vulcan B.2 and the Nimrod MR2. (5.5 miles)
- Bure Valley Railway: Norfolk's longest fifteen inch gauge line runs between the ancient market town of Aylsham and Wroxham, the 'Capital of the Norfolk Broads' with country stations serving the villages of Brampton, Buxton and Coltishall. (2 miles)
- Hoveton Hall Gardens: Set at the edge of the Norfolk Broads, Hoveton Hall Gardens is a delightful 15 acre garden mixing both formal and informal planting across the seasons. (4.5 miles)
- Cow Tower: One of the earliest purpose-built artillery blockhouses in England, this brick tower was built in c.1398-9 to command a strategic point in Norwich's city defence. (5 miles)
- Blickling Hall, Garden and Park: A magnificent National Trust Jacobean house, with stunning gardens and parkland. (8 miles)
Food and Drinking
Norfolk has a fantastic range of places for eating and drinking with a huge range of pubs, restaurants, cafes and tea rooms all offering excellent food.
There is a large network of cycle routes and public highways to walk along. There are also lots of local golf courses and leisure centres, or you why not make a day and take a trip to the Cathedral then onto the theatre in Norwich.
Wroxham, the heart of Broadland, just 1.5 miles down the road, where you can access the Norfolk Broads and arrange a boat for the day.