10 Popular Things To Do In Norfolk

Things to do in Norfolk Cromer Beach

Are you looking for some fun things to do in Norfolk?

There are plenty of activities and attractions in Norfolk, with beautiful beaches and coastlines that stretch from Brancaster beach to Gorleston Sea.

Read on to discover some of our favourite things to do when you are on holiday in Norfolk – let us know which one is your favourite!

Cromer Beach in Norfolk with a person and the pier just about visible in the distance
Cromer Beach, Norfolk

The Norfolk coastline is home to some of Britain’s best seaside resorts, like Happisburgh, Winterton and Brancaster Beach.

The Norfolk beaches are perfect for families with children or couples who love walking along sandy shores hand in hand.

If you enjoy active holidays, plenty of fun activities are on offer, including surfing lessons at Mundesley Beach, kayaking around Scolt Head Island National Nature Reserve or sailing across The Wash from King’s Lynn Marina.

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1. The Broads National Park

boats on the Norfolk Broads
Norfolk Broads

The Broads, a UK National Park, is the perfect location to explore by boat, particularly if you’re looking for things to do in Norfolk as a family.

With narrow winding rivers and vast open marshlands, the area has 125 miles of navigable waterways perfect for sightseeing or exploring on houseboats.

If you prefer a little more action on holiday, the Norfolk Broads is also home to several nature trails perfect for hikers and cyclists.

Many offer beautiful panoramic views of the lakes and waterways below and opportunities to spot wildlife.

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2. Hunstanton Beach

aerial view of Hunstanton Beach in Norfolk
Hunstanton Beach, Norfolk

Hunstanton is an enchanting seaside resort that dates back to Victorian times.

Hunstanton offers plenty for families looking for a traditional British beach holiday experience.

You can enjoy arcades, a Sea Life Sanctuary, mini-train rides along the seafront, boat trips, donkey rides, and watersports.

The North Promenade is the start of the Norfolk Coast Path, which is popular with hikers.

Good To Know:

  • Address: Hunstanton, Norfolk, PE36 6BQ
  • Standard Adult Price: Free

3. Norfolk Coast Path

sign post with the words "Norfolk Coast Path"
Norfolk Coast Path

The Norfolk Coast Path runs from Hunstanton to Hopton-on-Sea, covering an 83-mile stretch.

Opening in 1986, it encompasses the North Norfolk Coastline, an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

There are some truly stunning views along the way, with plenty of locations to stop off at, including sandy beaches, seaside towns, pine woodlands and the opportunity to spot wildlife in the tidal marshes along the way.

4. Wells Next The Sea Beach

colourful beach huts lined up on the beach at Wells Next The Sea, Norfolk
Wells Next The Sea Beach

If you’re looking for a family-friendly seaside destination, Wells Next The Sea is the perfect place to visit.

It’s got everything you could want from a seaside town – from crabbing at the harbour to exploring The Buttlands.

And don’t forget the fish & chips! They are some of the best around, so make sure you stop by one of the many restaurants before heading home.

Good To Know:

  • Address: Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1DR
  • Standard Adult Price: Free

5. Norwich Castle

Norwich Castle against a perfect blue sky backdrop
Norwich Castle

Norwich Castle is one of the finest examples of Norman architecture in England. It’s steeped in history and has been used as a royal residence, prison, courthouse and even an art gallery!

You can explore the castle alone or join one of the guided tours. And don’t forget to check out the gift shop – some great souvenirs will remind you of your trip for years to come.

Good To Know:

  • Opening Hours: 10 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday to Saturday; 1 PM to 4:30 PM, Sundays
  • Address: Castle Hill, Norwich, NR1 3JU
  • Standard Adult Price: £7.40

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6. Sandringham Estate

Sandringham Estate with a tree in the front, grey dark skies
Sandringham Estate

Sandringham is a beautiful estate that has been in the royal family for over 150 years.

You can explore the house, 60 acres of formal gardens, 600 acres of Royal Park, or have afternoon tea like royalty.

Not only will you get an inside look at one of Britain’s most historic homes, but you’ll also have access to some of its most beautiful gardens.

Good To Know:

  • Opening Hours: 10 AM to 5 PM, Saturday to Thursday
  • Address: Sandringham, Norfolk PE35 6EN
  • Standard Adult Price: starts at £13 (Gardens only), £23

7. Amazona Zoo

various flamingos

Amazona Zoo is a unique, award-winning zoo in Cromer, Norfolk, with over 200 tropical animals.

Animals include monkeys, pumas, peccaries, otters, owls, macaws, parrots, capuchins, spiders, snakes, flamingos, rheas, guinea pigs, iguanas, caimans, ocelots and tapirs.

There’s an education yurt to learn more about the animals and a soft play adventure area for those aged 12 and under.

Good To Know:

  • Opening Hours: 10 AM to 5 PM, Daily
  • Address: Hall Road, Cromer, Norfolk NR27 9JG
  • Standard Adult Price: £14.00

8. North Norfolk Railway

train going along a track on the North Norfolk Railway
North Norfolk Railway

The North Norfolk Railway is a 5-mile heritage steam railway in Norfolk.

Also known as the Poppy Line, trains run between Sheringham and Holt, stopping through scenic countryside and the county’s most stunning coastal scenery.

Take your time and ride the rails on the steam trains if you want to see true beauty.

Good To Know:

  • Opening Hours: Rides as early as 10 AM
  • Address: Sheringham Station, Station Approach, Sheringham, Norfolk NR26 8RA
  • Standard Adult Price: starts at £17.00

9. Bewilderwood

BeWILDerwood Norfolk
Photo Credit: BeWILDerwood Norfolk Website

Bewilderwood is a unique forest adventure park and activity centre in the middle of Norfolk.

It’s excellent for children and adults of all ages, with plenty of activities to try, from mazes and treehouses to zip-lining!

Bewilderwood is suitable for children between 2 and 12 years.

Good To Know:

  • Opening Hours: 10 AM to 5 PM, Daily (Depending on the season)
  • Address: Horning Road, Hoveton, Norwich NR12 8JW
  • Standard Adult Price: £21.50

10. The Plantation Garden

The Plantation Garden
Photo Credit: The Plantation Garden Website Gallery

Known locally as ‘The Secret Garden,’ the Plantation Garden is maintained by volunteers. The restored Victorian town garden includes lawns, woodland walkways, a rustic bridge, a Medieval terrace wall and a Gothic fountain.

The Plantation Garden is open daily. Guided tours are available.

Good To Know:

  • Opening Hours: Daily, 9 AM to 4 PM, Winter; 9 AM to 6 PM, Summer
  • Address: 4 Earlham Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 3DB
  • Standard Adult Price: Donation at £2.00

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