Norfolk has always had an important place in Britain’s history. From being the first place in the country where early humans first roamed, to the birthplace of the bowler hat (yes, really!), it’s no wonder that Norfolk continues to be a county uniquely rich in history and culture.
The 90 miles of exquisite coastline attracts beach lovers year after year, whether they’re looking for a carefree seaside family holiday or seeking to take on the Norfolk Coastal Path. We love the outdoorsy activities and natural attractions Norfolk boasts, as well as the idyllic towns and villages peppered throughout the county. A quiet and peaceful area, there’s much more to Norfolk than first meets the eye.
Our Norfolk holiday cottages are a great base to explore all that Norfolk offers. Grab the little ones and stay in a family-friendly holiday home, or bring your four-legged friend and browse our dog-friendly cottages in Norfolk. The home of the ‘Norfolk dumpling’ awaits!
Discovering the beautiful coastline makes a great place to begin your Norfolk beachside holiday. Grab your walking shoes and take on the Norfolk Coastal Path, an 84-mile trail that takes ramblers through various cliffs, sandy beaches, and delightful seaside towns. Visiting the county on a hot, sunny day? Those same sandy beaches are ideal for a seaside family day out, and there’s even a chance to try your hand at some watersports too - Norfolk is a lesser-known surfing hotspot, particularly towards the north of the county.
A simple drive around Norfolk will uncover many hidden gems too. The county is known for its quaint and quiet villages, home to classic country pubs and adorable tea rooms. Each showcase their version of the Norfolk heritage through unique museums and one-of-a-kind events: the Hunstanton Kite Festival, Sheringham’s Lobster Patties, and the World Pier Crabbing Championships in Cromer, to name a few!
Liven up your visit with an adrenaline-filled activity - Norfolk isn’t as sleepy as it may first appear! At the Hilltop Outdoor Centre, visitors can try archery, air jumping, climbing, ziplining, and much more. Go on a discovery through the treetops at Holkham Ropes Course, or take to the skies in the Norfolk Gliding Club. Adventure awaits!
We could write for days and days about the beaches of Norfolk - there really are that many to choose from!
The North Norfolk coast is best known for unspoilt, sandy dunes, as well as being home to the Hunstanton seal colony. There are six blue-flag beaches in this area, meaning they are in the top tier of quality English beaches.
Head to Holkham for white sands and pinewoods, a beach that has been the setting of many blockbuster films. Just further along is Wells, regarded for its award-winning and dog-friendly coast. Hunstanton is one of the few beaches in Norfolk that faces west, so is generally said to be the sunniest resort in the county. Explore the rock pools and cliffs late into the summer's day.
Picturesque Sheringham is a traditional beauty whose shingled shoreline is perfect for little ones to explore. Of course, we can’t forget Cromer - famed for crabbing, the pier, and the largest (and perhaps most extravagant) Christmas show in the country! You’ll definitely stop here at some point during your Norfolk cottage holiday.
Did you know that fish and chips was one of the only foods in the UK that wasn’t rationed? We clearly can’t get enough of the stuff, and luckily Norfolk is home to some of the best fish and chip shops in the country.
Spending the day in Norwich? The award-winning Grosvenor Fish Bar is a must-do for lunch. Visit over the festive period and you may even be treated to their battered stuffing balls! Back on the coast, No1 Cromer is a hit for locals and tourists alike.
While you’re in Cromer, make sure to have a taste of the delicious Cromer crab too. The shellfish live in the reef off the coast of the town, giving them a distinctive taste.
Cheese lovers must keep their eyes peeled for Mrs Temple's Cheeses. These locally produced cheese can be found throughout eateries and shops in the county, and make perfect presents - for others or yourself!