As you will have probably noticed by now from this website, there are a plethora of places to see in Norfolk. We are blessed with some of the most interesting, beautiful and fun places in the UK… if not the world.
Norfolk boasts a number of market towns that all have local shops and marketplaces to suit most tastes. We also have one of the country’s finest cities – the county town of Norwich. Here are just a few of the market towns that we feel are worth a visit while you’re here in Norfolk:
- Kings Lynn – the county’s second largest town, after Norwich. A seaport town that offers several shops, museums and the popular Tuesday Market Place that hosts the busy Corn Exchange theatre.
- Aylsham – one of the county’s oldest market towns cited on the pretty River Bure. With a twice-weekly market and weekly auctions, it’s popular with locals and tourists alike. What’s more, it’s only a stone’s throw from the seaside resort of Cromer and the impressive stately home, Blickling Estate.
- East Dereham – is cited right in the heart of Norfolk. A busy market town, it has many shops and precincts. With a wealth of ancient and modern history, it is also the main station stop for the Mid Norfolk railway (MNR).
- Thetford – in the South of the county, with priory ruins that are open to the public, and links to TV programme Dad’s Army!
- Holt – a largely Georgian town that is host to one end of the North Norfolk Railway (The Poppy Line)
- Cromer – A coastal town in North Norfolk, famous for its beautiful pier and Crabs!
- Sheringham – a popular seaside destination that hosts one of the best week-long summer carnivals anywhere in the UK
- Wells-Next-The-Sea – with a vast sandy beach, beach huts, pine woods and a two miniature railways, Wells is a haven for tourists. A must is freshly caught shellfish or fish and chips on the quay – widely regarded as the best anywhere in the world!
- Hunstanton – located by The Wash, this popular seaside resort offers cliffs and, when the tide is out, a long sandy beach. It is also one of the few places on the East coast where the sun can be seen setting over the sea.
- Wymondham – an historic market town lying 10 miles South of Norwich. It is home to the fantastic Wymondham Abbey – an impressive Anglican parish church. It is also one end of the Mid Norfolk Railway (MNR) heritage line.
- Swaffham – a town that that, thanks to its previously flourishing sheep and wool industry, gave the town its large market place, which holds a buoyant Saturday market every week.
- Wroxham – a town know locally as the capital of the Norfolk Broads, where a short boat trip downriver can also get you to the picturesque Wroxham Broad, Salhouse Broad and the pretty village of Horning.
- Great Yarmouth – a popular resort town known for its long sandy beach, its maritime history and its Golden Mile that features several amusement parks, piers and arcades, as well as many other tourist attractions.
The Norfolk Broads
When you’re thinking about great places to see in Norfolk, The Norfolk Broads should certainly be up there. As network work of man-made rivers, the Norfolk Broads is a vast 303km square area consisting of awe-inspiring natural beauty, lush flora and fauna and steeped in history.
The area was initially thought to have been natural features of the land up until 1960 when it was discovered the lakes nearby the network of rivers, known locally as ‘The Broads’ were in fact the result of medieval Peat excavation.
The region is a network of primarily navigable lakes and rivers and since the late 1800s has been a popular destination for those interested in sailing. The Broads Authority is responsible for the protection and upkeep of the natural area as well as the tourism that the broads sees throughout the year.
There’s veritable plethora of activities for anyone! From leisurely days out boating and delightfully British cafes offering Cream Teas and other refreshments all the way to Bird Watching, Fishing and Rambling for those more inclined by a land-based adventure.
The Norfolk Broads can without doubt be considered an area of outstanding natural beauty and should certainly be on the to-do list of anyone with an appreciation for quiet, nature and history.