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14th January 2019 Jess Shanahan

Top 10 reasons to visit Norfolk!

1. The North Norfolk coast

10 Reasons Norfolk

Spend a day exploring Norfolk’s beautiful coastline

The North Norfolk coast is a haven for walkers, bird watchers and photographers. The way the marshes and mudflats roll into the sea is something to behold and the changing landscape as the tide washes in and out just has to be experienced. There’s great surfing off the coast of Cromer and huge numbers of people visit every year for the big waves.

2. City of literature

The fine city of Norwich has been awarded the literary accolade because it has strong ties to authors such as William Taylor and Amelia Opie. It also offers a number of writing courses and workshops. If you want to discover Norwich’s literary side, visit The Book Hive on London Street.

3. Foodie culture

Norfolk is full of amazing food producers, from the Victorian-inspired Scrubby Oak Fine Foods through to the local pork delights of Bray’s cottage pies. North Norfolk has its own restaurant week every autumn and there are regular street food trucks outside the Forum in Norwich.

4. Beautiful architecture

Whether you enjoy pretty cottages nestled in rolling countryside or prefer to stand in the shadow of Norwich’s mighty castle, there’s some beautiful architecture, both new and old, to be seen in Norfolk. In Norwich, head to The Lanes for your fix of cobbled streets and wonky Tudor buildings.

5. Samphire

10 Reasons Norfolk

Enjoy delicious local samphire during peak seasons in Norfolk

Visit any fine restaurant in Norfolk during the summer and you’ll be treated to the salty goodness that is samphire. This coastal plant is also called sea asparagus and works perfectly with fish and other seafood. Keep an eye out for it between June and September on roadside stalls and on the menu of plenty of Norfolk’s eateries.

6. Wildlife

Norfolk is home to marsh harriers, pretty little kingfishers, boxing brown hares, otters, and even the odd-looking Chinese water deer. You can see some of Norfolk’s diverse wildlife at places like Pensthorpe and Titchwell. If you’re interested in native animal life, take a look at The Norfolk Wildlife Trust, which is dedicated to conserving our county’s animal and bird life.

7. Big skies

The Norfolk landscape is defined by swathes of big blue skies. Sometimes you’ll see endless corn fields underneath, other times it’ll flow into the sea and quite often the gently rolling hills will reach up to meet it. Wherever in the county you are, the skies are sure to be amazing. If you get away from the city and big towns at night, there are some fantastic stargazing opportunities to be had, too.

8. Norwich Castle

10 Reasons Norfolk

The whole family will love a trip to Norwich Castle!

Our castle is 900 years old with a rich history as a defensive structure, jail and now a museum. It can be seen from all around Norwich and inside you can find out about the city’s Anglo-Saxon and Norman beginning.

9. The Broads

This man-made wonder is home to a whole host of wildlife as well as being a fantastic place to relax. Hire a boat and explore Norfolk’s waterways.

10. Independent producers and shops

Wherever you go in the county, you’ll always be able to find an independent shop of some sort. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to jewellery, beauty products, food and drinks made by locals.

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Image credits: ©Chris Herring Photography/North Norfolk District Council; Eddie Cloud/AdobeStock; Norfolk Museums Service

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