Norfolk Vacation Packages
Visit Norfolk for its lovely beaches and equally beautiful heaths, salt marshes and “Big Sky” countryside farther inland. With its coastline extending into the North Sea, Norfolk has often been isolated from the rest of the country for years, resulting in a distinctive local culture. Relax on sandy beaches, cycle through picturesque farmland, go bird-watching in rich nature reserves and shop in lively Georgian towns.
The Norfolk Broads are perhaps the county’s most famous attraction, comprising 115 square miles (300 square kilometers) of lakes and rivers in scenic countryside. A network of tranquil walking and cycling paths runs through the Broads. Rent a boat for sailing or fishing.
Norwich is a fine base for exploring the Norfolk Broads. This attractive town is dotted with old flint buildings, lively markets and other reminders of its medieval golden age. Be sure to see the town’s impressive 11th-century Norman castle, as well as the Anglican cathedral with its 315-foot (96-meter) spire and vaulted ceiling.
Find 17th-century Blickling Estate 15 miles (24 kilometers) north of Norwich. Once owned by the Boleyn family, this grand estate is said to be haunted by Henry VIII’s executed wife Anne Boleyn. Check out the Jacobean plaster ceiling in the impressive South Drawing Room and wander around the estate’s expansive surrounding parklands.
Don’t miss the charming coastal village of Blakeney, with its flint cottages and pretty seafront. Watch common and gray seals lounging in the sun at Blakeney Point, a nature reserve where you can also spot pied flycatchers, bluethroats, whinchats and other wildlife.
Visit Burnham Market, a traditional Norfolk town. Here, Georgian houses surround a central green. Check out the town’s old-fashioned shops, which include a chemist, butcher and post office.
Spring and autumn are ideal times of year to travel to Norfolk because you can enjoy generally good weather and fewer crowds than the busy summer months. Reach the county by flying to Norwich International Airport or ride the train to Norwich. Two highways run to the county from southeast England and London.