Norfolk offers visitors the best of everything, from wildlife and nature to nightlife and bustling city streets. If you’re thinking of heading to this coastal region, these are some of the most popular attractions the area has to offer.
Norfolk Coast Cycleway
Use some pedal-power to explore both coast and countryside. You don’t need to be an experienced cyclist to enjoy these loops which run through picturesque villages and along quiet country lanes. Choose between taking your own bike or hiring one on arrival and then travel wherever you want to, stopping along the way to enjoy viewpoints and refuel at a pub or café. Guests staying at the Langham Hotel Norfolk can join the network of bridleways and paths from their doorstep.
Ride the North Norfolk Railway
As one of the top heritage railways in the country, the so-called Poppy Line offers visitors the opportunity to step back in time and enjoy a spectacular tour of the county via steam train. The 10.5-mile round route incorporates several scenic villages and their own unique stations. The station at Holt is a particularly popular stop-off point, with its huge model railway. While chugging through the countryside, passengers will be astounded at the colourful flora displays that light up the landscape throughout the year. From the early spring bluebells, to the late summer poppies, Norfolk is resplendent with colour all year round.
If a train journey sounds a little too pedestrian for you, Norfolk’s coastline offers some more adventurous excursions, such as sea fishing and seal watching. The sandy beaches and charming cottages of Wells-Next-the-Sea make it a popular holiday resort. This beach resort is also famous for its fishing charters and keen anglers can head out for up to 10 hours with professional operators who’ll ensure your safety while also getting you in the best position to bring home the catch of the day. The summer is the best time to head out to sea if you’re hoping to catch a mackerel or bass, while cod and whiting are more predominant in the winter months.
Visit the Seals
A large colony of grey and common seals congregates at Blakeney Point and has recently grown to be the biggest in the country. The adorable fluffy white cubs of the grey seals are born during the summer months, whereas the grey seals give birth later in the year. To get a closer look at the seals, join one of the boat trips heading out from Blakeney harbor or the quay in Morston. Inquisitive as they are, you might be lucky enough to get the perfect shot to adorn your living room wall. If you’re visiting the seals during the winter months, you might want to book into a spa north Norfolk to warm up and wind down after an afternoon on the waves.
Visit the Sandringham Estate
Although usually occupied during the Christmas period by the Queen and her family, the rest of the year, this beautiful estate is open to the public. The house dates back to 1870 and has been used as a country retreat for four generations of royalty. The rooms on the ground floor have changed little over the years and house an impressive collection of artefacts, armour and objets d’art.