There are destinations to suit everyone – from outdoors enthusiasts to those in search of culture, from couples seeking a romantic spot to families looking for a fun-packed day out – all within easy reach.
The Norfolk Coast
A designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – is made up of miles of wide, sandy beaches and pretty seaside towns. Visit the elegant resort of Hunstanton, where the golden sands are backed by candy-striped cliffs; or pack up a picnic and head to Sheringham or Holkham.
You’re in the bird-watching capital of Britain here, and guests can experience the wildlife of Norfolk up close at one of the many renowned nature reserves. Witness one of the UK’s greatest natural spectacles on a visit to nearby RSPB Snettisham, when the tides force thousands of wading birds off their feeding grounds and onto the mudflats. Other important coastal wildlife sites include NWT Cley Marshes and the National Nature Reserves at Blakeney and Holkham.
There’s a host of historic houses to explore, too. Congham Hall sits on the edge of the Sandringham Estate, home to one of the Queen’s favourite rural retreats, Sandringham House, parts of which are open to the public. Holkham Hall, on the North Norfolk coast, has acres of parkland and a stunning beach. Houghton Hall & Gardens, one of the country’s grandest Palladian houses, has an award-winning walled garden, while the National Trust’s Oxburgh Hall is definitely worth a visit.
And there are great days out to be had at a whole range of family attractions. Follow the children’s activity trails at Hoveton Hall Gardens, or take a scenic train journey on the heritage Poppy Line between Sheringham and Holt. Kids can burn off more energy on the adventure course at award-winning Bewilderwood or the highest ropes course in the East of England, Extreeme Adventure.