Places To Visit in Norfolk
Attractions and best places to visit in Norfolk
From Hunstanton to Sheringham, along the Norfolk Coast or the inland nature reserves, Norfolk is bustling with plenty of great things to do!
Whether you're taking in the picturesque views in places throughout Norfolk's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or enjoying one of the many fun-filled attractions in the area, you can't go wrong with a trip to the east of England!
~ 11 minute drive away
The much-loved country retreat of the late Queen Elizabeth II 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.
~ 15 minute drive away
You'll find plenty of sandy beaches around Norfolk and, even better, most of them are dog friendly! Below are just a handful of dog-friendly beaches, some of which allow dogs all year round!
- Hunstanton (restrictions apply in summer)
- Old Hunstanton
~ 10 minute drive away
On the biggest high tides each month, witness the world-famous Snettisham spectacular. Many tens of thousands of wading birds take to the air as the incoming tide pushes them off the vast mudflats. Keep your eyes on the skies as the swallows and martins of summer depart southwards and the first thrushes and wildfowl arrive from the north. Enjoy some fantastic autumn sunsets over The Wash by taking an early evening stroll along the beach.
~ 13 minutes drive away
A beautiful walk along the beach at the foot of Old Hunstanton's unique red and white striped cliffs. This beach is just north along the coast from the main promenade, with gorgeous views across the North Sea on offer as you wander across the fine sands of this beautiful trail. Visit with the family, take your dog for a run, or walk the beach solo and enjoy the serenity of this stretch of North Norfolk Coast!
~ 5 minute drive away
The uniquely beautiful rewilding project happening right on our doorstep! Located right next to our Hunstanton site, Wild Ken Hill is a pioneering project in nature restoration, using regenerative farming methods to grow healthy food and allow nature to thrive uncontested on its grounds. You can go on a guided tour around the grounds or attend one of the project's workshops.
~ 10 minutes drive
Two famous amphibious vessels, The Wash Monsters. Departing from the central in Hunstanton, each tour provides a truly fascinating and fun way of discovering the local seal population, coastal areas with panoramic views as well as learning of local history and fascinating legends around The Wash.
~ 15 minute drive away
One of the most famous 12th Century castles in England. The stone keep, built in around 1140 AD, is amongst the finest surviving examples of its kind anywhere in the country and, together with the massive surrounding earthworks, ensures that Rising is a castle of national importance. In its time Rising has served as a hunting lodge, royal residence, and for a brief time in the 18th century even housed a mental patient.
~ 11 minutes drive away
Located on the seafront near the seal life centre. There is a large range of rides for both children and adults, with traditional rides and one-off rides, you wouldn't always see in a park of this size. Perfect for a family day out, or an evening of thrill-seeking.
~ 20 minutes drive away
See hundreds of birds resting on the reserve as they migrate south from the Arctic. Look out for V-shaped squadrons of pink-footed geese arriving from Iceland and Greenland. As daylight hours shorten, enjoy the browns, golds and oranges of our autumnal landscapes.
~ 10 minutes drive away
Heacham has a historic link with the Indian Princess, Pocahontas. The link is celebrated by a memorial in the Church and the inclusion of a replica of the Church plaque on the Village sign. There is a legend that the very ancient Mulberry tree in the gardens of Heacham Hall - always known as the Pocahontas Mulberry tree - was planted at the time of a visit which John Rolfe and his wife paid to Heacham. You can visit the church with the plaque and the Mulberry tree which is located at Heacham Manor Hotel.
~ 28 minute drive away
A quaint 17th century village filled with historic buildings and all manner of shops, restaurants, pubs, and more! Take a trip to this slice of history in North Norfolk, and enjoy a wander around the market town through historic houses, taking stops at cafes for tea and coffee!
~ 52 minute drive away
A bit further afield is the famous Thetford Forest, a large expanse of woodland in the Norfolk Countryside. Filled with fun and beautiful trails, places to stop and enjoy the surrounding scenery, as well as a variety of activities that can be found in the area! Thetford Forest is a great place to hike, bike, or wander through!
What's more, part of the Rebellion Way - a new cycle route around Norfolk - goes through Thetford Forest, as well as Hunstanton, Norwich, Wells-next-the-Sea, and more!
~39 minute drive away
Another large estate, this one closer to the North than the West of Norfolk. Holkham Hall is an expansive estate, sitting at over 25,000 acres, you can take a look inside the huge Hall itself, take a wander or a cycle around the estate's significant grounds, marvel at the beautifully kept gardens, or visit the attached Holkham Beach. Whatever your plans, you'll find plenty to do at Holkham Hall!
~ 35 minute drive away
A quieter seaside resort than Hunstanton, but by no means a less fun one! Wells-next-the-Sea features all manner of entertainment, events, places to birdwatch, or just relaxing beach-side spots for a nice day out with the kids. Take a ride on the Wells & Walsingham Light Railway, walk through the pinewood forest, enjoy the views across marshland and ocean as you walk the Beach Mile to reach the shore, or enjoy a nice fish and chips by the seaside.
~ 29 minute drive away
This bustling, Hanseatic town is home to a variety of shops, restaurants, and entertainment. Catch a film at the Majestic Cinema, go down and learn about the history by the riverside, or visit the King's Lynn high street to do a bit of shopping! King's Lynn makes for a great day trip with its variety of things to do, from modern entertainments to its lush parks where you can spend a quiet moment.