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Your essential Visit Norfolk Bucket (and Spade) List

Take a boat trip from Morston Quay to see the seals at Blakeney Point – it’s the largest seal colony in the country. Nothing more magical than having the inquisitive seals come up to your boat or wave at you as they loll on the seashore.

See the seals

Hire a day boat from Wroxham and enjoyed the unique Norfolk Broads National Park. It’s the only way to properly enjoy the 125 miles of navigable, lock-free waterways. The modern day boats have all the mod cons. Buy your picnic from Roys of Wroxham – it’s the world’s largest village store!

Explore the Broads

Go on the 8-mile Pingo Trail in the natural adventure playground that is The Brecks. Pingos are unique to this neck of the woods, or should we say this neck of Thetford Forest. They’re nothing to do with penguins by the way – they’re actually collapsed hillocks from the last Ice Age.

Pingo Trail

Cycle on the quiet lanes of the Cromer Ridge, the highest point in East Anglia. There are stunning coastal views from Sheringham Park and Kelling Heath.

Cromer Ridge

Spend a traditional seaside day in Great Yarmouth. Eat donuts and ice cream. Imagine you’re Gulliver in the model village. Go on the Pleasure Beach’s wooden rollercoaster, one of only eight left in the world and one of only two that use a brakeman because… there are no brakes on the track! Build a sandcastle. Dip your toes in the briny.

Explore Great Yarmouth

Visit Blickling Hall, ancient home of the Boleyn family, and taken a stroll around the gardens and lake to discover Norfolk’s mausoleum pyramid.


Count the multi-coloured, higgledy-piggledy beach huts at Wells-next-the-Sea. You’ll soon run out of the fingers and toes. We reckon there are 200. At low tide the beach is mahoosive!

Beach huts in Norfolk

See the multi-coloured cliffs at Hunstanton and then stayed to the watch the sunset. Sunny Hunny, as we call it, is the only east coast resort that faces west. Tell the people you’re with that the land across the water is Holland. Someone always falls for it. It’s actually Lincolnshire, on the other side of The Wash.


Walk in the footsteps of the first ever tourists to visit Norfolk – 850,000 years ago – at Happisburgh. Part of our Deep History Coast.

Deep History Coast

Appreciate the fine medieval buildings and trading and fishing heritage of King’s Lynn – it has more Graded buildings than any other town in the UK.

Explore King's Lynn

Enjoy a pint of Woodforde’s wherry sitting outside the brewery tap, the thatched Fur and Feathers at Woodbastwick. It’s as quintessential an English country pub as you’ll find.

Beer and brewing in Norfolk

Spend some time on the beach at Gorleston-on-Sea. Along with 5000 extras, it’s a star of the Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis film Yesterday. Along with Lily James. ‘It’s one of the great secrets of England, Gorleston beach,’ said Danny. ‘It’s beautiful.’

Norfolk film locations

Visited the Sainsbury Centre on the University of East Anglia campus, built by architect Norman Foster in 1973 to house the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. You might recognise it as the futuristic Upstate New York HQ of Marvel’s Avengers in Age of Ultron, Ant-Man and Spiderman: Homecoming.

Film locations in Norfolk

Still with films, walk in the footsteps of Gwyneth Paltrow as Viola in the closing credits of Shakespeare in Love on Holkham Beach, voted the best beach in Britain by readers of BBC Countryfile magazine. Natalie Portman has also filmed here. And Keira Knightley as well, in nearby Holkham Hall. And All Saints filmed their Pure Shores video here too.

Hollywood and Holkham

Visit Sandringham, the royal datcha in north west Norfolk which also has an excellent museum. This is where Meghan Markle spent her first English Christmas, as guests of her future in-laws.


Meghan's Christmas

Birdwatch at Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Cley Marshes Nature Reserve. If reserves were the Premier League, Cley would be the champions. Norfolk is the birdwatching capital of the UK!

Birdwatching in Norfolk

Discovered Nelson’s County. Britain’s greatest naval commander was born at Burnham Thorpe where his father was rector, and learnt to sail at nearby Burnham Overy Staithe. There are interesting links at Great Yarmouth too, not least the Nelson Monument.

Discover Nelson in Norfolk

Travelled on the North Norfolk Steam Railway, otherwise known as The Poppy Line. It goes from Sheringham, across Sheringham Golf Course with stunning coastal views, and then heads inland to Georgian market town Holt.

Norfolk heritage railways

If you’re here in June, don’t miss the Royal Norfolk Show, two days when the county comes together in one place. A great family day out it retains its strong agricultural links.

Royal Norfolk Show

Admire what the Stormin’ Normans created in Norwich – a magnificent cathedral, with the second highest spire in the country and the largest cloisters, and an imposing castle, that sits atop a huge earth mound and dominates the city centre.

Normans in Norfolk top 10

Three things to tick off in Cromer: enjoy a Cromer crab sandwich for lunch – they’re so tasty because they feed off the world’s longest chalk reef; see a show at the Pavilion Theatre, the world’s last end-of-pier theatre; enjoy fish and chips from the wrapper while sitting on the promenade, enjoying a spectacular sunset.

Cromer Pier

Explore North Norfolk

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Deal row

Get a photo of the Deal Rows in the Brecks - these lines of Scots pines are unique to this part of the country. They remind us of acacia trees on the African savannah.

Explore the Brecks

Head down a flint mine

Grime's Graves

Head into the mine shaft of Grime’s Graves – this is where in Neolithic times flint was mined to make weapons and tools. It’s Europe’s earliest industrial site.

The Brecks


Walk part of the Peddar's Way

Peddars Way

Walk some of the Peddar’s Way in the west of the county and imagined what it would have been like when the Romans built it. This is the route King John would have taken to go north when he famously lost the Crown Jewels in The Wash.

Walking in Norfolk

Drive the coast road

Sunset in north Norfolk

Drive the A149 coast road of north Norfolk… it’s like Cotswolds-by-the-Coast. You’ll discover charming flint-built fishing villages, quaint quays and tiny ports, soaring cliffs, tidal creeks and saltmarshes, brilliant beaches and more.

Drive the A149

Family fun in Norfolk