The best tourist sights in Norfolk
We’ve told you about the attractions to visit, the castles to explore, the wildlife to meet, and the food to sample, but what else should you take a moment to look at during your self-catering stay in Norfolk? The county has some truly breathtaking sights, and the memory of many of those will stay with you long after you’ve left. Here are some of our favourites…
Hunstanton is a typical British seaside resort with a beautiful sandy beach, family attractions, and varied activities on offer. It’s also the setting for one of Norfolk’s most remarkable sights; imagine, if you will, the sight of towering red cliffs looming above the beach. The cliffs at Hunstanton are also the starting point for the Norfolk Coastal Path, and so are well worth a second visit. This resort is very popular with the kite surfing fraternity so you can watch their aerobatics as you relax on the beach.
A long spit of shingle and sand dunes topped with marram grass, with an open stretch of water on the landward side known as The Pit (loved by the local sailing community), Blakeney Point is Norfolk’s premier nature reserve. With its nearby tidal mudflats and salt marshes, this is a wonderful place to visit if you are interested in wildlife. On The Point is an internationally important tern reserve. The local grey seal population is one of the largest in the UK and boat trips from Blakeney and Morston take visitors out to see the seals basking on the sands. The area is owned and looked after by the National Trust.
Yes, we do keep mentioning the Broads, but a trip to Norfolk without setting foot on a riverside path, or gazing across the marshland, would definitely lack something. The Broads are everything you could wish for — spectacular landscapes, dozens of wildlife species and the iconic windmill style wind-pumps that once drained the marshes.
Dominating the city’s skyline, Norwich Cathedral is a breathtaking example of early medieval architecture. It has superb stained glass windows, houses some beautiful examples of art and décor from the period, and stands tall in the middle of a bustling metropolis that has one of the best retail sectors in the entire UK.
We invite you to tell us about your own favourite sights; perhaps you have favourites of your own.