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Destinations > UK > East > Norfolk guide

Norfolk is a great area to explore, whether you are interested in the countryside that offers amassing views, historical buildings, wildlife parks, arts and crafts, or working steam railways Norfolk has it all and more. There is also plenty for the children with many attractions and theme parks for them and the adults to enjoy.

There are miles of beautiful unspoiled coastlines and picture postcard villages in land set in wonderful countryside, offering endless opportunities for walks, cycling and bird watching.

Why not discover the bustling seaside resorts of Great Yarmouth, plus seaports with over 1000 years of history. Enjoy the cobbled lanes of King's Lynn, which stretch down to the river. There is also the attractive city of Norwich with its atmospheric historical streets, which offers fine shopping and a 1000-year old castle and cathedral.

Why not enjoy the boating experience with a visit to the Broads, an enchanted wetland landscape and enjoy a memorable boat trip through the amassing scenery and wildlife.

Norfolk is alive with culture and history. You can soak up the history of magnificent houses and buildings, or journey further back in time to the Neolithic flint mines. There are so many opportunities to relax or enjoy the many attractions, Norfolk is the perfect holiday destination to explore and discover.

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There are many theaters and Arts Centers to choice from in Norfolk, all with varying performances. There are also lots of galleries showing some amazing top class works of art. However, there is more choice of venues in the larger towns and the city of Norwich. It is all just waiting to be explored and discovered.

Sainsbury Center for Visual Arts
One of Britain's Leading galleries housing 1200 items of the Sainsbury Collection and more.
Location: University of East Anglia, Norwich
Telephone: 01603 593 199

Norwich Puppet Theater
Provides a regular program of puppet plays for all ages and puppet-making workshop.
Location: St James, Whitefriars, Norwich
Telephone: 01603 629 921



Grimes Graves
Descend 30 feet into an excavated Neolithic flint mines and take a glimpse into prehistoric life. This tour takes you underground and back in time by 4000 years to the Stone Age, were you will explore and experience the condition of Stone Age man as he mined for flint to make weapons and domestic utensils in over 300 pits and shafts.
Location: 7 miles North West of Thetford off A134
Telephone: 01842 810 656

Redwings Horse Sanctuary
Come and meet these delightful rescued horses, ponies and donkeys.
Location: Caldecott Hall, one mile North East of the village of Fritton on the A143 between Great Yarmouth and Beccles
Telephone: 01493 488 531

Discover the EcoTech Environmental Experience, explore the world, its environment, and its people. Find out about our role in its future, plus many more activities.
Location: Swaffham (Signposted off the A47 and A1065
Telephone: 01760 726 100

Castle Rising Castle
Explore the massive defensive earthworks, one of the largest keeps in the country and the well preserved medieval kitchen, richly decorated exterior. This elaborate Norman building is one of the largest in the Country, set in twelve acres of defensive earthworks, this castle is an impressive site. It is also the site of Isabella, the 'she-wolf' of France imprisonment after she murdered her husband, Edward II. Although, she was allowed to retire here in comfort. The castle tour is accompanied with a free audio talk of its history.
Location: 4 miles east of King's Lynn off A149
Telephone: 01553 631 330

Castle Acre Priory and Castle
This is the site of Britain's best preserved Cluniac priory, with a superb Norman Façade still raised to its original height. Here you can learn about the daily life of the monks. This site is also the place of one of the greatest Norman settlements in England, were you can explore the ruins of the moated Castle, which boasts the most impressive earthworks in Britain.
Location: 0.25 miles west of the village of Castle Acre, 5 miles North of Swaffham.
Telephone: 01760 755 394

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden
Enjoy over 3 miles of wonderful woodland walks, amazing wildlife and flowers.
Location: 9 miles East of Norwich at South Walsham off the B1140
Telephone: 01603 270 449

Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens
Why not visit some really wild animals and other exotic species in this amazing setting. Watch the Red Pandas rest in the tree top canopies or the Sumatran Tiger walk through the trees. You may sit and picnic wherever you please.
Location: Thrigby Hall, Filby, Great Yarmouth (off the A1064 between Caister and Acle)

Pleasure Beach
Enjoy from over 70 rides at Great Yarmouth's Pleasure Beach.
Location: South Beach Parade, Great Yarmouth
Telephone: 01493 844 585

The African Adventure
Have a great family day out at this safari trail.
Location: 20 minutes South of Great Yarmouth off the A12
Telephone: 01502 740 291

Tropical Butterfly Garden & Bird Park
Set in 15 acres of conservation area and waterside walks, enjoy from the 2 acre Garden Center, 2400 square feet of tropical gardens with free flying Butterflies and Birds. Also enjoy the exciting Falconry Center.
Location: Great Ellingham, Attleborough (from the A11 Attleborough bypass follow the Brown Butterfly signs)
Telephone: 01953 453 175

Bressingham Steam Museum and Gardens
Celebrate the age of steam with five miles of steam railway rides, Victorian steam carousel and much more.
Location: Bressingham, Diss, Norfolk (2 miles west of Diss on the A1066)
Telephone: 01379 687 382

Anglia Karting
Fast and Exciting, enjoy this crazy sport day or night, there is also a new Mini Motor Grand Prix with arrive and drive sessions arranged any time, ands all weather outdoor race circuit.
Location: North Pickenham, off the B1077
Telephone: 01760 441 777

For a perfect family day out watch the amazing craft of glass work being sculpted before you eyes. As well as watching live glassmaking, working craft demonstrations enjoy the Rose and Clematis garden or the adventure playground.
Location: The Long Barn, North Street, Langham, Norfolk
Telephone: 01328 830 511



As Norfolk is home to the Broads one of Britain's best boating venues with a mass of rivers, canals, and lakes this is the perfect place to take to the waters weather for a leisurely hour ride, or to hire a boat for the whole day. This is not the only water venue within Norfolk. Being on beautiful coastline there are plenty of water sports to choice from, there is everything from water-skiing, Paragliding and surfing.

In the larger towns you will also find great leisure facilities from golf courses to sports centers and swimming pools.

However if you are not the sporting type but enjoy your exercise then why not hire a bike and visit the areas out of reach by car. The countryside is very beautiful in this area and is well worth leaving the car behind to take a walk through peaceful fields and riverbanks.



Within Norfolk there are many different drinking environments, from the busy city life of Norwich to the quaint country villages and seaside towns. If you are looking to party hard at a club all-night your best bet is Norwich City. Here you will find lively venues and late licenses and some good clubs as well as lively bars. However if it is a party atmosphere you want you may be surprised in some of the many other towns such as Great Yarmouth, or King's Lynn. One thing is for sure were ever you are you will never be far from a pub. In Norfolk you will be sure to find everything from a quiet family pub which serve good food, to more modern style outlets, to the traditional alehouses





China City restaurant
Location: 81 Prince of Wales Road, Norwich
Telephone: 01603 768 688


Des Amis Reataurant & Piano Cocktail Bar
Location: 76 Dereham Road, Easton
Telephone: 01603 880 966

Adlard's Restaurant
Location: 79 Upper St Giles, Norwich
Telephone: 01603 633 522

Orange's Brasserie
Location: 7 Pottergate, Norwich
Telephone: 01603 766 667

St Benedict's Restaurant
Location: 9 St Benedict's Street
Telephone: 01603 765 377


Little Ikaria
Location: 24 Bridewell Alley, Norwich
Telephone: 01603 625 087


Nazma Brasserie
Location: 15 Prince of Wales Road, Norwich
Telephone: 01603 616 101


Trattoria Rustica
Location: 20 Princes Street, Norwich
Telephone: 01603 621 043

Location: 1 All Saints Street, Norwich
Telephone: 01603 611 129

Umberto's 'Trattoria Italia'
Location: 68-70 Benedict's Street, Norwich
Telephone: 01603 615 581

Pinocchio's Restaurant
Location: 11 St Benedict's Street, Norwich
Telephone: 01603 613 318

Adriano's Trattoria & Pizzeria
Location: 68 London Street, Norwich
Telephone: 01603 622 967


Location: 2 Middleton Street, Wymondham
Telephone: 01953 607 071


The Andaman Orchid
Location: 41 Church Street, Costessey
Telephone: 01603 736 655

Thailand Thai Cuisine
Location: 9 Ring Road, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich
Telephone: 01603 700 444


Waveney Inn
Location: Burgh St Peter Staithe, Burgh St Peter
Telephone: 01502 677 343

Kings Arms
Location: Market Place, Reepham
Telephone: 01603 870 345

The Gull Inn
Location: Loddon Road, Framingham Pigot
Telephone: 01508 492 039

The Greens
Location: Norwich Road, Alysham
Telephone: 01263 733 085

George & Dragon
Location: 2 The Street, Thurton
Telephone: 01508 480 242

The Green Man
Location: Wrowham Road, Rackheath
Telephone: 01603 782 693


The Treehouse Vegetarian Restaurant
Location: 14-16 Dove Street, Norwich
Telephone: 01603 763 258

Changing Times Organic Vegan Café
Location: 3-5 Dove Street, Norwich (Upstairs at Emily Milsom Clothing)
Telephone: 01603 612 561



Within Norfolk there are many environments from towns and City to country villages and seaside towns and villages, each of these offer a unique shopping experience. You can enjoy shopping in the hustle and bustle of Norwich City, or disappear into the country to wander through the markets and cobbled streets, or take a stroll down the promenade at the beach and sample the selection of fashion on the sea front. Thereis everything from crafts to fashion.


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