Wednesday, March 2, 2022

The most picturesque Norfolk towns and villages

Home to attractive coastline and countryside, Norfolk is blessed with an array of pretty towns and villages, where you'll find ancient churches, antique shops and terrific places to feast on the catch of the day.

As one of the best UK destinations, Norfolk is perfect for a staycation if you're after somewhere relaxing and scenic to spend a few days.

The picturesque Norfolk Broads provide a spectacular backdrop for a peaceful break, with pretty villages like Wroxham and Horning that you can visit. Meanwhile, the coastal towns of Wells, Heacham and Holkham offer gorgeous sands for a seaside escape.

To inspire you to experience Norfolk this year, we've rounded up the most picturesque towns and villages to visit. And don't forget to check out our photos of Norfolk looking beautiful.

1. Wells-next-the-Sea

This pretty harbour town has a harbour sheltered by salt marshes and was once one of the great ports of eastern England in Tudor times. Today, it's still used by sailing and crabbing boats. The town of Wells has a leafy Georgian Square and you can walk from the town to beach.

2. Aylsham

An unspoilt market town beside the River Bure, Aylsham is the place to check out Norfolk's slow food movement and shop for local produce. It's also where you'll find the beautiful Jacobean house Blickling Hall, which was home to the Boleyn family until 1505. Another must-do in Aylsham is a ride on the Bure Valley Railway, a narrow-gauge steam railway which takes you through pretty countryside to Wroxham.

3. Wroxham

The capital of the Norfolk Broads, Wroxham sits on the bank of the River Bure and is a great spot to hire a boat for a day to explore the national park. You'll find shops, pubs and restaurants, as well as the mainline railway station and Bure Valley Railway station.

4. Horning


Picturesque Horning is one of the most attractive villages in the Norfolk Broads. It boasts a waterside location and is lined with riverside houses. While here, you can stroll historic Lower Street to check out the pubs, restaurants and tea rooms, and during the weekend you might spot the Horning Sailing Club racing.

5. Reepham

This charming market town in Norfolk is great for snapping the pretty streets, 18th century houses and market place. Reepham is surrounded by lovely countryside between the Wensum and Bure Valleys. The town has a 16th century pub when you feel like stopping for a drink, and there's an array of places to eat, too.

6. Cley


This marvellous village is characterised by its 18th century windmill, which is like something out of a painting. Cley next the Sea is a paradise for nature lovers, with Cley Marshes, a nature reserve owned by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust - this is the place to spot birds. It's also terrific for walkers as Cley sits on the Norfolk Coast Path, so you can walk to Holme next the Sea.

7. Burnham Market


Situated around the River Burn, Burnham Market is a beautiful and trendy Georgian village close to North Norfolk's beaches. Around the village green, there are antique shops, restaurants and galleries among quintessential English cottages. Burnham Market, which is known as 'Chelsea-on-Sea,' retains a traditional village feel, while attracting celebrities and Londoners on weekend trips.

8. Heacham


Famous for growing Norfolk's lavender, Heacham is best visited in the summer when it's filled with the colour and scent of the plant. Here you'll find two beaches with shallow water, making them ideal for families. When visiting Heacham, it's worth cycling the Peddars Way and walking the Norfolk Coast Path. You'll find RSPB sites nearby for wildlife watching, too.

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