There are so many things to see, places to go, and fun things to do in Norfolk. If you're an adult-only group there are loads of fantastic days out for adults to uncover, while families will appreciate all the free things to do and exciting places that make for fun days out with kids.
For lovers of the great outdoors, there's a long coastline and the Norfolk Broads to explore plus the endless treetops of Thetford Forest. By contrast, those of you looking for a holiday with a more measured pace, there are fantastic beaches and stately homes like Felbrigg House and Holkham Hall to provide plenty of entertainments for all ages.
Trying to decide what to do on your travels to this region? We've gathered together some of the best things to do in Norfolk.
Days out in Norfolk for everyone
The kids will definitely be alright on a visit to Norfolk with so many fun things to keep them entertained. From dinosaur-themed adventure parks to classic amusement arcades at bustling seaside resorts, discover some of the best things to do with children on a visit to Norfolk.
Things to do with the kids
With stately homes, steam trains, stunning countryside and the North Norfolk coastline designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Norfolk is an ideal destination for a grown-up getaway. There are lots of days out to enjoy, from boating on the Broads to romantic strolls along the Norfolk Coast Path.
There’s no need to leave four-legged friends out of your plans with an array of dog-friendly things to do during a getaway to Norfolk. Dogs are welcome to join you on a variety of boat trips including Bean’s Boats ferries to Blakeney Point and can explore the grounds of stately homes such as Holkham Hall, Felbrigg and Sandringham.
Do something different in Norfolk
Visiting a National Trust site is always a popular thing to do during a short break or holiday, whether you’re travelling solo, as a couple or with the family. Luckily Norfolk has some wonderful National Trust sites that range from Jacobean mansions like Blickling to the landscaped Sheringham Park and the peaceful Blakeney National Nature Reserve. Seek out some of them during your next Norfolk getaway.
Try something a little bit different with this collection of 21 unusual things to do in Norfolk. You’ll find hidden crypts buried deep underneath Norwich, the mysterious Devil’s Punchbowl that’s just outside Thetford Forest and the UK’s largest indoor modelling attraction - Wroxham Miniature Worlds.
Seek out some of the wonderful windmills that Norfolk is famous for. Many have working sails and can be climbed to the top for wonderful views including Horsey Windpump, a National Trust site in the Norfolk Broads, and Bircham Windmill a working mill in the countryside that grinds corn into flour.
There’s lots of history to uncover on a day out to a Norfolk castle with fascinating exhibitions, helpful information boards and original stone towers to climb. Exploring the sprawling ruins of Castle Rising and Burgh Castle Roman Fort are great dog-friendly things to do and kids will love looking around the basement dungeons of Norwich Castle to hear gruesome tales of crime and punishment.
Norfolk adventures in the great outdoors
Norfolk has more than 1200 miles of walks, cycles and bridleways with National Trails and wonderful walking routes that criss-cross the county from countryside to coast. The 84-mile North Coast Path takes in clifftop paths and beautiful beaches along the North Norfolk Area of Natural Beauty, the Peddars Way takes in peaceful woodland and the Weavers Way is one of the best ways to explore the rivers and marshland of the Norfolk Broads.
The North Norfolk Coastline is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with peaceful nature reserves and vast expanses of sand that are sheltered by rolling dunes. You’ll find colourful huts lining the beach in popular seaside resorts and pretty coastal villages, dog-friendly beaches to walk along with four-legged friends and shingle stretches where you can spot an array of seabirds.
Thetford Forest is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, covering a whopping 18,000 acres of peaceful East Anglian countryside. Nestled amongst the pine trees is a selection of scenic forest walks along with cycle routes that range from family-friendly trails to tricky mountain bike challenges. You’ll also find perfect places for picnics, Go Ape tree top rope courses and even an agility course for dogs.
From fragrant purple-hued fields of Lavender at Heacham to a walled garden at Heacham Hall, the estate of Britain’s first prime minister, there are lots of glorious gardens to seek out around Norfolk. Take a wander around formal gardens at The Queen’s Sandringham Estate, ride a steam train around Bressingham Gardens or seek out wildlife at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden in the Norfolk Broads.
Things to do in Norfolk
From keeping the kids entertained at a popular pleasure beach like the one in Great Yarmouth to seeing a show at the end of Cromer Pier, there’s always lots to do at the Norfolk coast. It’s hard to beat the fresh air and stunning views that come from walking along the Norfolk Coast Path and you can try out water sports such as surfing and paddleboarding at Mundesley and Sheringham. After all that exercise there’s also an array of beautiful Norfolk beaches to relax on.
Plan a perfect getaway to Norfolk’s cool and quirky city with our guide to all the best things to do in Norwich. Browse the independent shops of Norwich Lanes, seek out the medieval buildings of Elm Hill which is quite possibly the prettiest street in the county and learn more about the history of the city on a visit to Norwich castle.
With a prime spot on the North Norfolk coastline, a Grade II listed pier complete with traditional seaside theatre and a wide swathe of sandy beach, Cromer is the perfect base for a summer holiday. Try your hand at crabbing along Cromer pier, hire a colourful beach hut for the day and go snorkelling around a beautiful chalk reef - there’s much to do in Cromer!
Norfolk is famous for its network of rivers and man-made waterways with pathways so that you can explore the surrounding peaceful countryside. There’s much to do on a visit to the Norfolk Broads too, from thrills and spills at theme parks like Bewilderwood to spending time at a wildlife garden like Gooderstone Water Gardens which is full of natural ponds and ancient woodland. It’s also well worth hiring a boat to explore this beautiful national park.
Plan your getaway to Norfolk
If all these things to do in Norfolk have inspired you to getaway to this glorious region, there are lots of holiday cottages in and around places like Cromer, Norwich, Hunstanton and the Broads.
Browse our range of romantic, family and dog-friendly Norfolk cottages to find your perfect base.
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