Surfing in Cromer

top things to do on holiday in north norfolk

With a stunning coastline dotted with beautiful beaches and lots of countryside to explore, amazing attractions, charming towns and villages and places to enjoy a taste of north Norfolk, there are plenty of unique experiences to make your north Norfolk holiday memorable. See our top things to do and plan your next adventure.

FEEL THE SAND BETWEEN YOUR TOES

North Norfolk is well known for its beautiful beaches. With 45 miles of coastline, there are plenty of stretches of coast to choose from. There are award-winning beautiful beaches, beaches within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and there are six Blue Flag beaches. Many beaches are dog friendly so the whole family can enjoy a wonderful day out. And if you're looking for a queiter seaside spot away from the crowds, take a look at our beaches off the beaten track

BEACHES IN NORTH NORFOLK

BLUE FLAG BEACHES

ACCESSIBLE BEACHES

Norfolk Coast Path Approaching Cromer

EXPERIENCE THRILLS

North Norfolk is home to a huge range of award-winning family-friendly outdoor and indoor attractions, to be enjoyed whatever time of year you visit, come rain or shine. There really is something for everyone. Take a journey back in time aboard a steam railway, roam through a land of dinosaurs, jump onto a giant airbag and swing through trees. If water sports float your boat, there’s plenty of places to go surfing, kite boarding, SUP and enjoy a leisurely swim.

NORTH NORFOLK ATTRACTIONS

WATER SPORTS

HERITAGE RAILWAYS

Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure

DISCOVER NORTH NORFOLK'S HISTORY

North Norfolk is steeped in history and heritage. With a past of prosperous landowners and rich proceeds from trade with the continent in goods like wool, many fine buildings, stately homes and churches were built in this era, and can still be explored today.

Head to Holkham Hall in a 25,000 acre estate, rich in history, architecture and wildlife with its elegant 18th century Palladian style house at the heart.
Another impressive stately home is Houghton Hall, one of the country’s finest examples of Palladian architecture. The award-winning gardens are home to an impressive collection of contemporary sculpture by world renowned artists, many created especially for Houghton. For 2021 (running until 26 September 2021), visitors can enjoy an exhibition by celebrated British sculptor Tony Cragg.

Hop aboard the North Norfolk Railway which runs between Sheringham and Holt taking in the county’s most stunning coastal scenery along the way. Steam trains operate daily from April to October.

Immerse yourself at The Muckleburgh Collection, a military museum sited on the former military camp at Weybourne. It is the largest privately owned military museum in the UK.

STATELY HOMES TO VISIT

MUSEUMS

Holkham Estate

EXPLORE THE DEEP HISTORY COAST

Explorers can delve into the Deep History Coast by walking the Discovery Trail which follows the coastline from Weybourne to Cart Gap. Walk it all or pick a section and find out what the area was like thousands of years ago via eleven Discovery Points along the way. Download the Deep History Coast App, triggered at each Discovery Point and follow the guided walks and see the past come back to life. You can even meet a Hominin family and find out about the animals they shared their life with. The Visitor Centre in Cromer has interactive displays revealing more about the area’s past.

FIND OUT MORE

Deep History Coast App

HAVE A TASTE OF NORTH NORFOLK

Seasonal food and drink is a highlight of any stay in north Norfolk. With its long coastline and rich agricultural heritage, the area is awash with local food producers, independent delis, fantastic gastro pubs with their own micro-breweries and restaurants serving menus created from locally sourced ingredients. Treat yourself to afternoon tea or a seafood platter at the many excellent restaurants.

FOOD & DRINK

MICRO-BREWERIES

PLACES TO EAT

Seafood Platter

FEEL FRESH AIR ON YOUR FACE

Explore the wilderness of the north Norfolk coast on a professionally skippered traditional wooden fishing boat under sail or try your hand at crabbing. Get closer to nature by taking a boat trip to the largest seal colony at Blakeney Point and immerse yourself at a nature reserve. Explore the countryside by bike along quiet country lanes and for an easier ride, hire an electric bike!

BIKE HIRE

BOAT TRIPS

Electric Bikes

DISCOVER TOWNS & VILLAGES

North Norfolk is home to many vibrant towns and charming villages, steeped in history, revealing the area's past. Throughout the year, there are markets, events and festivals celebrating north Norfolk's heritage.

DISCOVER PLACES IN NORTH NORFOLK

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