The official visitor website for Norfolk
Search this website

Favourite Royal Norfolk-based spots to explore

Norfolk is a beautiful, quiet and rural part of Britain, much loved by the Queen, the late Prince Phillip, William and Kate, and other members of the British Royal Family. Generations have escaped to this picturesque corner of England to enjoy its wide sandy beaches, gorgeous open spaces, quaint villages, grand country houses and castles.

Why not take a leaf out of their book and bring your partner or family to explore this unspoilt and inspiring county? Whether you’re looking for an action-packed weekend away or to sit back and relax, Norfolk offers it all.

Here are some of the best Norfolk locations to visit on your next UK getaway.

Norfolk's 1000 years of Royal history

Sandringham Estate

The Royal Family at Sandringham church, Christmas

If visiting a Royal estate is more your cup of tea, add the Sandringham Estate to your list of must-see attractions in Norfolk. This 20,000-acre homestead is where the Queen goes to escape from Royal engagements, spend time with her family and soak up nature.

Sandringham House itself is a majestic neo-Jacobean delight and has been a private home for over four generations. Both King George V and King George VI died there, and it was where the first Christmas broadcast was filmed back in 1932. Anmer Hall, where Prince William and Kate (The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) lived when first married also lies on the estate.

If you’re not so keen on visiting grand houses or the kids are itching to move, head to Sandringham Royal Country Park and explore the 600 acres of trails through unspoilt woodland.


Sandringham Coach Holidays

Burnham Market

Burnham Market aka Chelsea-on-Sea

Burnham Market is a vibrant, trendy Norfolk village that offers everything you could need for a family day out. Whether you’re looking to shop at the cute local independent shops, treat yourself to a tasty lunch or simply enjoy the quaint atmosphere, this is a great destination for the whole family.

Just 3 miles from the gorgeous coast, this village is a firm favourite with the Duchess of Cambridge who has been snapped taking the kids to the Burnham Market Horse Trials and pottery painting at Mable’s Paint Pot.

Burnham Market

Castle Rising Castle

Castle Rising

When we think of the Royal Family, grand historic castles set in acres of land most likely comes to mind. If this is your royal fantasy, why not soak up history by visiting Castle Rising Castle, one of the best kept 12th-century castles in England?

This place was built back in 1138 by the Norman lord William d'Albini for his new wife, then was owned by Queen Isabella, mother of Edward III and finally passed to her son. It remained owned by the Royals until 1544 when it passed into private hands.

These days, it hosts a range of events throughout the year such as archery contests, medieval swordsmanship events and other fun that can really bring history to life.

It’s only a few miles from Sandringham.

Normans in Norfolk

Castles in Norfolk

Holkham beach


If you’re aching to get away from the hustle and bustle of urban life and explore the great outdoors, follow in the Royal Family’s footsteps and head to Holkham beach.

This gorgeous part of Norfolk boasts wide, unspoilt stretches of sand, pine tree forests and miles of open sky and beach. It’s also part of Holkham National Nature Reserve where you can find a selection of rare plants and animals including many migrant bird species.

Until 2003, Holkham beach was home to a simply furnished beach hut owned by the Queen Mother and enjoyed by many Royals. The Queen loved nothing better than walking the corgis through the wild landscapes and Prince Phillip was said to enjoy a barbeque and appreciate the tranquillity here.

Hollywood at Holkham

Norfolk's best beaches

King's Lynn

King's Lynn Minster

Close to the Sandringham Estate, King’s Lynn is a historic seaport and pretty market town that has long been a favourite haunt of the Royals. Queen Victoria visited the town two years before her coronation, Queen Elizabeth started her diamond jubilee celebrations here.

Just 98 miles north of London and with regular direct trains to Kings Cross, it has played an important role in UK history for many centuries and was once one of the most important towns in England.

Among the highlights include the largest chapel in England, the finest medieval merchant’s house in England and the stunning medieval guildhall that is still used as a theatre today. If you’d love to explore the fishing heritage of the town, don’t miss True’s Yard Museum.

King's Lynn top maritime sights


Norwich Castle and Market Place

Norwich was the second greatest city in England from medieval times to the Industrial Revolution and remains a thriving, multicultural hub. Often visited by the Queen and King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, and more recently by Wills and Kate when they took the kids to their first football game, the city has so much on offer.

Explore the medieval churches, quaint streets and alleys, ancient castle or majestic Norman cathedral. Dive into its incredible cultural heritage. Treat yourself to something unique from the independent or high street shops. Or let down your hair by exploring the local bar and nightlife. Norwich has it all!

Best things to do in Norwich


Visit Norfolk and discover many of the castles, landscapes, people, villages and wide-open beaches that keep members of the Royal family coming back here again and again. With a range of fun and activities for the whole family, you’ll get that short break away that you deserve.

Norfolk's Heritage and History...