Norwich is a wonderful fusion of the modern and historic, one complementing the other. Like any great city its centre is easy to walk around and has a river at its heart. As well as being the most complete medieval city in the UK, it has a flourishing arts, music and cultural scene, superb independent as well as High Street shopping, lively restaurants, bars and nightlife and a heritage that is a delight to explore. You can also treat yourself to a walk around England’s largest permanent open air market.
Norfolk is possibly most famous for the man-made Broads, a National Park with over 125 miles of navigable lock-free waterways set in beautiful countryside and studded with charming and picturesque towns and villages.
Famous for it’s tasty crabs, wide open beaches and traditional pier, Cromer is the perfect seaside destination. Scattered around the town are small independent shops and restaurants for you to enjoy and admire.
Wroxham is situated on the River Bure with boat hire of all kinds to explore the Norfolk Broads. Most of the shopping is dominated by Roys claiming to be the world’s largest village store. It has many visitor attraction including the riverside park, water front pubs and restaurants.
Below are a selection of pubs, restaurants, cafés, butchers and deli’s we have selected for convenience to the park or our personal recommendations.
* We recommend
The Marsham Arms
Buckinghamshire Arms *
Public House & Restaurant
Public House & Restaurant
Prime The Edith Cavell *
Public House & Steakhouse
Back to the Garden *
Farm Shop, Cafe & Restaurant
Purdys Woodgate Nursery
G.F. White *
Biddys Cafe Aylsham *
This National Trust estate is well worth a visit. A beautiful red brick Jacobean mansion sits for you to explore along with its lovely walled garden. The estate covers 5,000 acres that can be enjoyed by bike or foot. The grounds offer so much to see with a lake, woodland, historic mausoleum and plentiful wildlife. You can hire cycles to ride around the park and stop off at the shops and eating places dotted around.
Take yourselves a way for a day of fun with the animals of Thrigby Hall Wildlife Garden. With an array of animals to see and admire, there’s something around the corner for everyone to awe at. Unlike other zoos, Thrigby Hall offer tree walks to get an impressive view of the animals that live there. Marvel at the tigers from the heights of the Tiger Tree Walk or gaze at the wildfowl in Willow Pattern Lake on the Lime Tree Lookout.
As well as the animals that now live there, Thrigby Hall itself is quite a sight to see. Built in 1736, the building still retains its charm and is well worth a visit.
Sandringham is the much-loved country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen, and has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs since 1862. The house, set in 24 hectares of stunning gardens, is perhaps the most famous stately home in Norfolk and is at the heart of the 8,000-hectare Sandringham Estate, 240 hectares of which make up the woodland and heath of the Country Park, open to the public free of charge every day of the year.
Seals at Blakney
If you're coming to Norfolk and want to experience the natural world, you just have to see the seals. There's nothing better than getting this close to nature. The seals are very inquisitive and often pop up and swim around the boats which can usually sail close to the basking seals on the beach - a great opportunity for taking pictures.
Bure Valley Railway
No trip to Norfolk would be complete without a journey on the Bure Valley Railway.
Running through the heart of the Norfolk Broads, the narrow gauge railway begins at Aylsham and journeys through the countryside to Wroxham, the capital of The Norfolk Broads.
No dogs, Pier, Lifeguard, RNLI Station, Cafés, Amusements, Parking, Toilets
Promenade with sand and shingle beach accessed by steps.
No Dogs, Lifeguard, Cafe, Amusements, Parking, Toilets
Promenade with sandy beach with some tidal pools
Dog restrictions, Lifeguard, Cafe, Parking, Toilets
Rock pools at low tide, san and shingle, popular with surfers
No Dogs, Lifeguard, RNLI Station, Cafe, Amusements, Bar, Parking, Toilets
Dod restrictions, Lifeguard, Cafe, Amusements, Bar, Parking, Toilets
Sandy beach with shallow bays formed by manmade reefs.
Address: Cobbleacre Park,Brick Kiln Road, Hevingham, Norfolk, NR10 5NL