Norfolk County, the 5th largest county in England, has an extensive coastline, with incredibly beautiful beaches that stretch for more than 100 miles.From the shore, the land rises gently to an undulating landscape that falls abruptly to the Fens area towards its border with Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire.
The eastern side of the County called the Norfolk Broads is a stunning area of 200 miles of crisscrossing waterways and is England’s largest protected wetland. On board the comfort of pleasure boats, visitors flock to the area to luxuriate in the beauty of the place and observe its amazing wildlife. Norfolk is also known for its nature reserves of international importance, heathland, forests, and quaint market towns.
Norfolk County also boasts of some of the most stately and historic homes and buildings, majestic windmills and medieval churches. Villages and towns of the County crammed with period houses and traditional flint cottages.
Food and shopping experience
With the extensive pastures and numerous farmlands in the Norfolk County, it is not surprising to find in this part of the world the best locally produced ingredients sought after by the best cooks all over the world. Guests of Norfolk are treated to a vast selection of places to eat and drink ranging from classic pubs to award-winning restaurants. The best way to have a foodie experience in Norfolk is to visit food festivals participated in by independent cafes and restaurants offering menus from the traditional French cuisine to the most exotic Asian fusions.
When it comes to shopping, nothing beats Norfolk County. The high streets of Norfolk County towns are brimming with department stores, independent shops and well-known brand names and retailers that make shopping a fun experience.Town markets such as the Downham market have unique shops selling collectable items, arts and craft stores, and independent retailers that sell all kinds of wares. What makes a visit to these town markets a most pleasurable experience are the multitude of eateries offering foodies’ delight.
Where to stay
There is room for every taste and budget in the Norfolk County. There are luxurious hotels in the city of Norwich for those who want pampering. There are also self-catering cottages, beds and breakfasts, moderately priced hotels, inns and hostels that can be found in the county’s towns and villages. For the nature lovers, camping, as well as boating facilities, are also available. Accommodation on the Norfolk Broads is either land or water based, depending on the visitors’ preferences.
Things to do and places to go
All year round, Norfolk County has something to offer to a tourist, young and old and whatever it is that interest them. The huge expanse of countryside, the long and beautiful coast, Great Yarmouth and Norfolk Broads are only some of the places where children and adults can find plenty of things to do. Being on board a self-drive rental van is one way of thoroughly enjoying a Norfolk County visit.
In addition to nature tripping and a host of outdoor and sports facilities and activities, it is also a pleasure to visit historic houses, beautiful gardens and fascinating museums. For art lovers, there are exhibitions and galleries galore, concerts, festivals and feasts to feed the soul.