Norfolk – the ideal location for a leisurely holiday
Why Norfolk? Norfolk features sandy beaches, rolling countryside, and numerous historical sites. It is an ideal location to escape the busy pace and grind of city life and enjoy a leisurely holiday.
The beautiful countryside of Norfolk is filled with the famous Norfolk Broads which are always worth a visit. Horning with its waterside pubs, restaurants, shops, tea-rooms and boat trips is one such area. Take walks down country lanes, or visit marinas and leisure clubs. Or explore some other broad areas, such as Weybourne and Kelling, small villages nestled in the North Norfolk Coast. Surrounded by Kelling Heath and Muckleburgh Hills, this area is home to numerous walking paths, nature trails, and fantastic views of the surrounding area.
Norfolk’s beaches are one of the country’s most visited attractions. As one of the driest counties in the U.K., Norfolk beaches have beautiful views. Old Hunstanton is a quiet and picturesque beach with a backdrop of dunes and is an especially popular beach for kite surfers. Holkham Bay is another spectacular beach area, and contains an extensively diverse nature reserve featuring dunes, creeks and pastures. There is a path around the bay, surrounded by pines, and it allows for a lovely walk with views overlooking marshes and sand.
Along with ample opportunities to relax in the countryside, Norfolk contains many notable historic sites. Sandringham House in West Norfolk was originally purchased by Queen Victoria in 1862 as a home for Prince Edward and his wife Alexandra. Four generations of British monarchs have had their private home here. The house, along with a museum, gardens, and country park are all open to the public. Norwich Castle, the Norman build over 1000yrs old is another worthwhile sight. It is considered one of Europe’s finest examples of Romanesque architecture. Norwich also has more than 30 medieval churches within the city walls. Many continue to function as parishes while others have been converted to become fascinating cultural locations such as arts centres, or in one case, a puppet theatre. Another site of significance is the English Whisky Company, based at St. George’s Distillery in Roudham. England’s first whisky distillery for over a hundred years, the company offers regular daily tours.
In addition to places of historic importance, Norwich thrives as a modern area. It is ranked as one of the top places in the entire UK to shop. The city boasts department stores, independent shops and shopping centres, high street names, designer labels and more. Norfolk also holds many fairs, festivals, and exhibitions, and no matter the week or weekend there are plenty of activities to engage in.