Local Attractions in North 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 Norfolk coast line designated an area of outstanding natural beauty with sandy beaches, high cliffs and salt marshes and plenty of wildlife. See wintering geese and wildfowl, breeding waders, common seal, water vole, plus deer, barn owls, sparrow hawk and common buzzard.
- Southrepps Common Local Nature Reserve: 12.4 hectares of woodland, reeds, grass and rare wild flowers (1 mile)
- Peddars Way and North Norfolk Coastal Path: Scenic coastal landscapes. One of 15 National Trails, the two combined trails comprise over 150km (4 miles)
- Norfolk Wildlife Trust: Has two reserves at Cley and Salthouse marshes (15 miles)
- The Broads: The Broads is a member of the National Parks (13 miles)
- Blakeney National Nature Reserve: One of the largest expanses of unspoiled coastline in Europe, great for Bird Watching. Access to Blakeney point is by boat from Morston or on foot along the bank from Cley. (17 miles)
- Seal Trips at Morston Quay: Beans Boat tour offer you a chance to see Common and grey seals. (18 miles)
- Pensthorpe Nature Reserve: Discover nature, Birds, and a stunning garden, Pensthorpe is an important site for migratory birds! (23 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.
The city of Norwich boasts many medieval buildings which include a Norman Castle & Keep, which is now a museum.
- Felbrigg Hall, Garden and Park: One of the National Trusts most elegant country houses in East Anglia, (5 miles)
- Blickling Hall, Garden and Park: A magnificent National Trust Jacobean house, with stunning gardens and parkland. (8 miles)
- Wolterton & Mannington Hall: A privately owned estate, with lovely countryside walks and trails, gardens, rose and plant sales, hall tours and special events.(9 miles)
- Bure Valley Railway: Norfolk's longest narrow gauge steam railway, running from Aylsham to Wroxham (9 miles)
- Sheringham Park: Spectacular Landscape Park and woodland garden, designed by Humphry Repton, with miles of footpaths and stunning coastal views, belonging to the National Trust. (10 miles)
- Muckleburgh Collection: The largest privately owned military museum in the UK, it includes tanks, aircraft and wartime memorabilia (12 miles)
- Holkham Hall: Much more than just a stately home. This 18th century Palladian manor was built for the Coke family after the first Earl of Leicester's six year travels on the Grand Tour. It encompasses eateries, gardens, the Hall itself, and a range of yearly events.(27 miles)
- Sandringham Estate: One of the Queen's country estates with 60 acres of gardens and over 600 acres of woodland.(41 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.
- Vernon Arms – Southrepps
- The New Inn – Roughton
- Mary Jane Fish Restaurant – Cromer
- Chubby Panda – North Walsham
- The Olive Tree – North Walsham
- The Buckinghamshire Arms – Blickling
- The Black Boys Hotel – Aylsham
- The Walpole Arms – Itteringham
- Byfords – Holt
- The Kings Head – Letheringsett
- The Gunton Arms
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.