Congratulations to Prince William and Kate Middleton on the birth of their baby boy! Their new home will be Anmer Hall, a country house a few miles east of the Queen’s grand Norfolk estate, Sandringham.
If you’ve never been to Norfolk, you’re missing out on one of Britain’s most scenic counties. Miles of gorgeous coast, Victorian seaside towns, and further inland, green fields and woodland stretching out to the horizon. Hire a boat and meander through the Norfolk Broads National Park, then stop for the evening at a country pub… sound good? Read on for our top 5 Norfolk must sees.
The Norfolk Broads
Hire a boat and sail the waterways of this gorgeous Norfolk National Park. From the comfort of your vessel you can admire the green expanses of the Norfolk countryside with its windmills and cosy waterside pubs, then moor up for the evening and enjoy a hearty meal. Ah, a life on the waves…
Victorian elegance and beautiful beaches meet in Cromer. Up on the North Norfolk coast – famous for its sea views and nature reserves – its golden sands, traditional pier and old-fashioned streets have an irresistible charm. It’s also a hotspot for seafood lovers: be sure to try the famous Cromer crab!
Norwich is Norfolk’s county town, and its lengthy history dates back to Roman times. Here quaint shopping streets and a lively buzz mingle beneath the city’s magnificent Norman cathedral. This is a great place for sightseeing and shopping, and for fans of vintage fashion, it’s a goldmine – look out for its regular vintage markets.
Holkham is a small Norfolk village, best known perhaps for the stately home of Holkham Hall. This grand Palladian house is surrounded by extensive parkland, complete with wandering fallow deer, and it’s a gorgeous place to explore. Nearby you can take cruises on Holkham Lake, or enjoy sun, sea and sand on the beach at Holkham Gap.
Royal residence and near neighbour to the royal baby’s new home at Anmer Hall, Sandringham is the Queen’s Norfolk retreat. From its exquisite gardens to the extensive museum, which houses pieces from the Royal Collection, its a fascinating glimpse of royal life.