Never been to Norfolk? Here’s why you should!

We may be biased (ok, we are very biased) but we think that Norfolk is one of the best places in the world. With more coast line than you can shake a stick at, and heritage around almost every bend, there is something new to discover every moment that you are here.

Even the Royals agree, with the Sandringham Estate still the Queens official Christmas home and favourite rural retreat and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge having a permanent residence there as well.
Norfolk really is a gem of a place and here are our favourite things about the area that will make you add Norfolk to your holiday list for 2017!

1. If you love the beach…
You don’t get much more coastline than 90 miles of sand and sea and when the tide is out, you get 3 more magnificent miles to explore; just keep an eye on the tide times! And it isn’t just white sandy beaches here either, although if that is your thing, Wells-next-the-sea and Holkham have it in bucket (and spade) loads. You can wander over the salt marshes, hop over the tidal creeks and stomp over the Shingle at Blakeney and check out the largest seal colony in England. Old Hunstanton has beautiful chalk and sandstone cliffs whilst Cromer is the place to go crabbing!

2. If you love birdwatching…
Well, if you love nature in general then Norfolk is for you, with internationally renowned nature reserves right across the county. There are plenty of RSPB and Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserves with great facilities where you can spot some the world’s most stunning birds as they migrate to or from the UK. Key species are the Avocet, Barn Owl, Cetti’s Warbler, Common Crane, Goshawk, Golden Pheasant and the Motagu’s Harrier just to name a few so make sure that you pack your binoculars and catch a glimpse.

3. If you love trains…
All aboard! There is simply no better way to see the beautiful coast and countryside of Norfolk than to hop on one of the Heritage steam railways that still operate today. The North Norfolk Railway takes you along the Poppy Line between the seaside town of Sheringham and the Georgian Market town of Holt. East Anglia’s longest Heritage railway is the Mid-Norfolk Railway running between Wymondham and Dereham and if you time it right in the winter, you may even bump into Santa himself! Other railways to visit include Bure Valley Railway, Wells & Walsingham Light Railway, Wells Harbour Light Railway, Bressingham Steam and Gardens and Whitwell & Reepham Railway.

4. If you love boats…
Possibly one of the most famous parts of our county, The Norfolk Broads is 125 miles of lock-free, navigable waterways and National Parks that uniquely passes through the city of Norwich! Protected by law, the Broads is committed to the preservation of its natural beauty and wildlife and was even mentioned in David Bowies’ iconic song ‘Life on Mars’. If you ever read ‘Swallows and Amazons’ as a child and longed for the adventure, then this is the place to come, as the books were based on author Arthur Ransome’s childhood spent on The Norfolk Broads.

5. If you love History…
Norfolk has been home to many of history’s biggest names and has been the location of some history’s biggest events. King’s Lynn has connections with John Smith, known for his trip to the ‘New World’ and his relationship with Pocahontas stayed in King’s Lynn as an apprentice and King Henry VIII famously renamed it from its original title of Bishop’s Lynn after his break from the Catholic church. His second wife Anne Boleyn was born in Blickling Hall and Queen Elizabeth the II’s father, King George VI died at Sandringham House. Our favourite famous tie to Norfolk is of course, Admiral Horatio Nelson, England’s most famous Admiral and known for his many victories against the French. He was born in Burnham Thorpe on the River Burn and you can still see a plaque on the building that now replaces his original home.

If all of this hasn’t made you long for summer days spend walking the coastal path or dog walking on the beach, then remember that Norfolk is also the UK’s sunniest and driest county, you can visit the world’s last ever end of pier theatre and you can also visit us at The Nelson in Burnham Market. With dog friendly accommodation and bar, a restaurant that serves only the best local grown seasonal food and beautiful boutiques just around the corner, we are the perfect hub to begin your Norfolk adventure from.

Call us now on 01328 738321 to book your stay.