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With the best overall climate in the UK, 90 miles of coast and fabulous beaches with superb seaside resorts, brilliant visitor attractions and boating holidays on the unique Broads National Park, now's a great time to book your 2019 trip to Norfolk.

Norfolk specialises in self-catering accommodation. Choose from traditional Norfolk flint holiday cottages and lxurious barn conversions to beach houses or a converted mill or lighthouse.

With self-catering accommodation, you have the freedom and flexibility to do just as you like.

Norfolk also has holiday parks with modern facilities, pubs and inns to stay in, B&Bs, and camping and caravanning by the coast or in the countryside.

You'll find somewhere just to your taste when you visit Norfolk.

Visit the beach that stars in the new Danny Boyle Beatles-inspired film Yesterday

Gorleston-on-Sea beach

Okay, its cast includes Lily James, Himesh Patel and Ed Sheeran but, in our humble opinion, the undoubted star of the new Danny Boyle Beatles-inspired film Yesterday is Gorleston-on-Sea beach!

Even Danny Boyle agrees: 'It's one of the great secrets of England, Gorleston beach,' he said. 'It's beautiful.'

Norfolk's top beaches

Norfolk on film

Where to go in Norfolk


Broads: wonderful waterways and wildlife

The unique, man-made Norfolk Broads, 125 miles of navigable rivers, are the only National Park with a city in it

Great Yarmouth's Golden Mile

Great Yarmouth: one of the UK's top seaside resorts

The Golden Mile of amusements, rides, attractions and entertainment, and 15 miles of pristine sandy beaches

Beach huts at Wells-next-the-Sea

North Norfolk: beautiful beaches, cliffs and tidal saltmarshes

Brilliant birdwatching, take a boat trip to see the seals, enormous sands, quaint coastal villages and seaside towns

Burgh St Peter

South Norfolk: charming countryside and market towns to explore

Southern Broads and Waveney Valley, quaint market towns, beautiful countryside in which to cycle and walk

Hunstanton cliffs

West Norfolk: maritime heritage, home to the Royal family

Hanseatic history of King's Lynn, Sandringham estate, Hunstanton resort, brilliant birdwatching in the Wash, coast and countryside walking... did we mention it's home to the Royal family?
Cycling in Thetford Forest

Brecks: countryside, outdoor activities and the best climate in the UK

Unique micro-climate, Deal Rows and Pingos, Neolithic flint mines, explore Thetford Forest on bike or foot, charming market towns

Highlights of Norfolk, UK

Things to do in Norfolk

Sandcastles on the beach at Great Yarmouth

Your essential Visit Norfolk Bucket List

Holkham and Wells-next-the-Sea beaches

Top 10 beaches in Norfolk

Grey seal pup

Where to see the seals

Blakeney Point

A-Z of our super seaside

Hunstanton cliffs

21 great sights of Norfolk

Blickling Proms

What's on in Norfolk

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Norfolk's top 10 brilliant museums

Blickling at night

Discover our Downton Abbeys

Norfolk chalk reef by Rob Spray

Seven amazing Natural Wonders of Norfolk

Wildlife on the Wash

Where to bird watch in Norfolk

Great Yarmouth Pleasurebeach rollercoaster

Norfolk's family-friendly attractions

Coast & seaside

21 reasons to love Norfolk!

Walking in west Norfolk

Walking routes and trails in Norfolk

Natural Norfolk Broads

Seven Wonders of Norfolk

Happisburgh on the Deep History Coast

Norfolk's Deep History Coast

July: Festivals galore

Family on the Broads

Traditionally it’s the warmest month of the year and don’t forget that Norfolk is the combined sunniest-driest place in the country. Take a boat out on the Broads, and discover St Benet’s Abbey, celebrating its 1000th anniversary, or go to the southern Broads where it’s quieter and see if you can spot an otter or two!

Don't miss the Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival and Gorleston Clifftop Festival on the east coast. In the north of the county, Holkham Country Fair this year celebrates land, sea and sky with a grand ring line-up to excite and entertain.

Culture vultures should look out for the King's Lynn Festival and the poppier Festival Too.

New for 2019...

Bring along your own wild tribe to Pensthorpe Natural Park and get messy in the new mud kitchen in WildRootz, go on a barefoot trail, play hopscotch, seek out the wonders of the natural world around every corner and learn about some of the creatures that call Pensthorpe home.

Throw pooh sticks, play leapfrog over tree stumps, battle it out at ‘giant’ noughts and crosses, build a den, see what is hiding in the maze, try your luck at giant pick-up sticks, play bird songs on wooden chimes and spot bugs.

Wild Tribe at Pensthorpe

Get lost in the Wiveton Hall Giant Maize Maze, opening in late July, and enjoy wonderful views across the salt marshes to Blakeney Point.

New for 2019: Two new tours at Holkham Hall

Holkham stair

Taking the Plunge: Cellar Tours of Holkham Hall
Take a walk back through time with an expert guide and peel away the layers of history in the cellars at Holkham Hall. Guided tours will ensure that visitors are treated to a fascinating glimpse of the warren of corridors and chambers.
Tuesdays 2nd July, 6th August, 3rd September and 1st October, 11am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3pm

Hidden Passages and Servants’ Stairs: Behind the Scenes Tours of Holkham Hall
Accompanied by an expert guide, this behind the scenes tour takes visitors through a warren of corridors, passageways and stairways leading to the highest tower rooms and attics in Holkham Hall. This is a rare opportunity to see parts of the Hall not normally on public display. Oh, and the views over the park from the Tower rooms are well worth the climb!
Every Wednesday from 3rd April to 30th October, 11am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3pm

Servants bells
Cellar tours
Cellar tours
Cellar tours
Cellar tours
Holkham stair

Great sights of Norfolk, UK

August: We do like to be beside the seaside


And now’s the time to be beside the sea! Norfolk has 90 miles of stunning seashore (93 when the tide’s out) and there’s so much to see and do. We’ve the best east coast resort at Great Yarmouth, with its Golden Mile of fun, and Cromer and Hunstanton are great for families too with lots of attractions and shows including the Cromer Pier Summer Show – the last end of pier show in the world! There are secret beaches where you can be (almost) alone, dog-friendly beaches, nature reserves to spot wildlife (including the adorable seals at Blakeney Point) and our tidal salt marshes offer some of the best seafood you’re likely to find. Oh, and don't miss Carnival Weeks in Wells-next-the-Sea, Cromer and Sheringham!

Norfolk beaches

See the seals

Norfolk's 10 major museums all have special activities throughout the Summer Holidays, involving Romans, Vikings, fossil hunting and much more.

New for 2019: Wroxham Miniature Worlds

Wroxham Miniature World

Wroxham Miniature World has fabulous new attractions, including a completely new redesigned Lego City™. Over 130,000 bricks were used to build this amazing little world all assembled by one collector.

There's also a new Giant Wooden Railway, Vintage Penny Arcade with new machines and coming soon is an interactive Canadian train layout.

September: it's still warm in Norfolk!

Maritime Festival

The school hols are over and it’s a little quieter – but the weather’s still great! 

Don’t miss the Maritime and Out There Festivals in Great Yarmouth, the 1940s Weekend at Sheringham and Holt with the North Norfolk Railway.

Now's also a great time to get out the binoculars - Norfolk is a birdwatchers' paradise with a range of fabulous nature reserves on the coast and inland.

Birdwatching in Norfolk

October: Walking Festival and Half Term events

Weavers Way walkers

Before the clocks change there's still plenty of daytime light left to get outdoors and enjoy Norfolk.

So what better excuse than the North Norfolk Walking and Cycling Festival, an entire month of opportunities to get on two wheels or pull on the hiking boots.

Plus, at october Half Term many attractions will be putting on special activities, including Science Week at Norwich Forum and Halloween Days at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure.

Walking in Norfolk