Norfolk’s long 84 miles of North Sea coast and its eastern location that is not on the way to anywhere else give the county its unique and slightly isolated feel. If you like windswept beaches, huge skies, mesmerising fens and meandering rivers, then Norfolk has all that in abundance. Along with the historic capital city of Norwich and traditional seaside resorts, Norfolk is well worth the journey.
Norfolk Visitor Guides
Fakenham, the largest town in North Norfolk, is a traditional working market town located on the meandering River Wensum and close to the fabulous north Norfolk coastline. There’s plenty to do for visitors to Fakenham, making the town an ideal destination and local base for those looking to explore North and West Norfolk.
Downham Market, a busy town in West Norfolk, is steeped in history and charm. One of Norfolk’s oldest market towns, Downham lies on the edge of the starkly beautiful Fens and alongside the River Great Ouse. There’s plenty to do for visitors to Downham Market, making the town an ideal destination and local base for those looking to explore unspoiled West Norfolk.
Wymondham is a charming market town celebrated for its Elizabethan and Jacobean architecture, vibrant town centre, and a rich heritage dating back to its days as a centre for the trade of wool and fine wooden crafts. With its rural surroundings location on the picturesque River Tiffey, but close to Norwich, Wymondham makes a fantastic base for exploring Norfolk’s capital and the nearby Norfolk Broads.
Aylsham, a charming and historic market town, is situated along the River Bure in North Norfolk. With a rich history dating back to the Norman Conquest, this picturesque town boasts a thriving traditional market square, surrounded by handsome buildings that make for an interesting visit. There’s plenty to do for visitors to Aylsham, making the town an ideal destination and local base for those who seek history, culture, and natural beauty in Norfolk.
The star of Norfolk’s Deep History Coast, Happisburgh is a fascinating place to explore, with an ever-changing coastline and beach, icnoic buildings and a rich history spanning thousands of years. Don’t be out off by the stories of coastal erosion, there a surprising amount to see and do in Happisburgh and it is safe – you won’t be falling into the sea from the cliffs!
A pretty Victorian seaside village, Mundesley is tucked away in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where the east and north Norfolk coast meet, and is a haven of peace and tradition. With a delightful village centre and old-world charm of brick and flint cottages and thatched roofs, Mundesley will appeal if you’re looking for a quieter alternative to Cromer, and a good starting point for local walking, including Paston Way and the Norfolk Coast Path.
A long-established seaside resort on Norfolk’s west coast, Heacham is a great bucket and spade destination, known for fantastic sunsets and family-friendly beaches. If good old-fashioned fun, holiday activities and getting the most from your budget are important, then Heacham makes a fantastic choice for your next family holiday.
A small coastal village in North Norfolk’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Thornham offers remote peace and tranqulity surrounded by huge skies and atmospheric marshes. Don’t come to Thornham expecting a bucket and spade destination, but if you’re looking for fantastic coastal walking, unique wildlife encounters and the real Norfolk, then you’ll find it in Thornham.
Gorleston-on-Sea is an unspoiled and traditional bucket and spade seaside resort on the Norfolk coast, sandwiched between the Norfolk Broads, the river Yare, Great Yarmouth and the Suffolk border. Don’t bypass Gorleston for its larger and louder neighbours. Stop and soak up the ‘Oh we do like to be beside the seaside’ atmosphere, explore that fabulous sandy beach and enjoy the simplicity of spending time at the good old-fashioned Norfolk seaside.