Well, there are seven distinct parts of Norfolk and all are very different so it’s very difficult to say what’s best. All of them are great, depending on what you want to do. So let’s talk you through them all…
The best seaside resort town on the east coast, with its unrivalled Golden Mile of family-friendly amusements, attractions and entertainment. There are great things to do, including the water spectacular at The Hippodrome, myriad rides at The Pleasure Beach, amazing marine wildlife at The Sea Life centre, strolling around The Venetian Waterways and you can learn about the town’s maritime history at the award-winning Time & Tide Museum.
Broads National Park
A National Park unlike any other… 125 miles of navigable, lock-free waterways that are best explored by boat. You can hire day boats or take one out for a whole holiday. There are great riverside villages to explore, pubs and restaurants to moor up at, amazing wildlife to see and visitor attractions like BeWILDerwood and Wroxham Barns.
It’s the only National Park that was part man-made, and it’s the only National Park with a city in it. Talking of which…
Bustling, vibrant and never short of amazing things to do, the best preserved medieval city in the country has at its heart the largest permanent covered market in Europe, with superb shopping at High Street brands and a huge range of local independent stores, particularly in The Lanes.
Discover the city’s history at The Bridewell Museum of Norwich, take in a show at one of many theatres, and don’t miss the Norman Castle and the magnificent Cathedral.
Stunning coastline is the highlight of north Norfolk, punctuated by seaside Cromer with its Victorian pier, charming Wells-next-the-Sea with its 200 higgledy-piggledy colourful beach buts, the country’s largest seal colony at Blakeney Point, stunning coastal views at Sheringham Park and the magnificent Holkham Hall and beach. This is also an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Head inland for the lovely Georgian town of Holt, and the National Trust run Blickling Hall and Felbrigg Hall.
You can’t have a better seal of approval than being home for the Royal Family, can you? That’s Sandringham, whose hall and gardens are open most of the year. If you like that, try Houghton Hall as well.
On the coast there’s seaside Hunstanton, from where you can take boat trips to see the offshore seal colony, and if you like birdwatching don’t miss RSPB Snettisham and Holme Dunes.
Visit King’s Lynn to see the UK town with the most graded buildings, including the stunning Custom House and Guildhall.
South Norfolk and Waveney Valley
Studded with picturesque villages and market towns, South Norfolk is set in delightful rolling countryside, best in Spring and Summer when you’ll see swathes of bright yellow rape and wheat fields as well as wildflowers.
South Norfolk is perfect for cycling and walking, not least on the Boudicca Way with its highlight of old Roman town of Venta Icenorum, and in the Waveney Valley why not hire a day boat or cruiser and enjoy the Southern Broads.
Brecks and Thetford Forest
Enjoy walking and cycling in ancient heathland, spotting Deal Rows and Pingoes or red deer, discover market towns such as Swaffham, Thetford and Wymondham.
Best of all, explore the massive Thetford Forest. Here you’ll have almost 16,000 acres of pines to play in. Head to High Lodge where you’ll find masses of waymarked walking and cycling paths as well as things to do such as archery and Go Ape aerial ropes.