Why You Should Visit North Norfolk

The Perfect Location for your Countryside Escape

North Norfolk should be on your priority list of places to visit when planning your next staycation. Ranging from beautiful coastal breaks where you can enjoy picturesque beaches, to family-friendly cottages where you can bring your littlest of family members – North Norfolk is the perfect place for a relaxing getaway.

In and around North Norfolk, you will find plenty of things to do, places to visit and sights to see – that weekend break may not be long enough! There are 45 miles of stunning coastline to explore, and further inland there are beautiful countryside walks, woodlands, forests, and more.

Visiting North Norfolk is the perfect location for your countryside escape, as our home is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, meaning it is one of the UK’s most outstanding landscapes and has legal status to ensure its preservation.

The Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in North Norfolk stretches along our coastline and includes Hunstanton, Wells-next-the-Sea, Blakeney, Sheringham, Cromer and Mundesley.

North Norfolk’s History

With a prosperous history, North Norfolk’s backstory is unique and intriguing. We’re lucky to be home to many historical landmarks and sites of interest from various points in history – many of which you may want to visit when you stay in one of our North Norfolk holiday cottages.

Many of our historical buildings and sites date back to the 11th century, including castles, ruins, churches, stately homes and discovery trails – so if you’re into religious history or gorgeous architecture, there will be something for you.

Similarly, as the Industrial Revolution developed and trade flourished so came railways. North Norfolk has a large footprint in the history of modern transportation including steam and light railways.

Your Next North Norfolk Break

If you are planning to visit the coast soon – why not take a look at one of our holiday cottages? We have plenty of unique North Norfolk holiday homes dotted around the area.

Why You Should Visit North Norfolk


In the popular and unspoilt market town of North Norfolk, Aylsham is home to a few of our beautiful holiday cottages. Perfect for those wanting to visit everything in North Norfolk, including the coast and the Norfolk Broads.

Blakeney & Cley-next-the-Sea

Blakeney and Cley-next-the-Sea are two of Norfolk’s finest and most popular coastal destinations. Home to plenty of eateries, pubs, gift shops, art galleries and more – you have everything you need for a peaceful and relaxing break right on the doorstep of your chosen holiday cottage.


A beautiful and popular Georgian town, and a perfect hub for North Norfolk – whether you stay in one of our Holt holiday cottages or just visit the town during your staycation, Holt has a wide variety of amenities to keep you and your family entertained, fed and catered for. Holt is home to a range of independent businesses so you can pick up a few trinkets to take home with you.


Sheringham is a fun and traditional seaside town, and we recommend taking a walk up Skelding Hill for beautiful sunsets at any time of the year. Well known for regular events which are popular with tourists and residents alike – with a firm favourite being Sheringham Carnival held during early August.

Things to Do in North Norfolk

Steeped in history, beauty and life – North Norfolk is bursting with things for you and your loved ones to do while on your holidays.

If pretty countryside ambles or relaxing beach walks are your jam, then we have previously shared our top 8 walking routes in Norfolk. A walk is a great way to get to know the area you are visiting and get a feel for the local atmosphere.

There are plenty of all-weather attractions in North Norfolk including zoos, adventure parks, museums and nature reserves.

We’re lucky to be home to the North Norfolk Railway – a steam train journey which runs from the Victorian seaside resort of Sheringham through to the beautiful town of Holt. Their steam trains run daily from 12th – 20th February, weekends in March and then daily from 1st April to 30th October but we recommend you visit their website for their timetable and events pages for more information.

Why You Should Visit North Norfolk

There are a few hidden gems across North Norfolk also – including the remains of two World War II Covenanter tanks in Titchwell Marsh which get revealed at low tide, and elsewhere there’s what’s been named “Britain’s Great Barrier Reef” – the Cromer Shoals Chalk Bed which was created in the Mesozoic Era when dinosaurs roamed.

If you are into stargazing, bring your telescope with you to Kelling Heath and Wiveton Downs – both of which have Dark Sky Discovery Status, and if you are lucky you can see the Aurora Borealis (most commonly known as the Northern Lights!).

We do admit that it can get a bit chilly later in the year – so if you’re visiting us in Autumn or Winter it may be better to plan some indoor activities to stay warm! You can find out about the Deep History Coast at the Cromer Museum – and learn more about the stretch of coastline between Weybourne and Cart Gap, where several prehistoric discoveries have been made.

Despite being one of England’s smallest museums, Mundesley Maritime Museum likes to go big on exhibits. They display ships’ wheels, navigation lights and lifesaving paraphernalia with a display illustrating over 200 years of maritime history to tell the story of lifeboats, shipwrecks, fishing, locally found fossils and railways.

For more of our insights on what we recommend doing in North Norfolk and beyond – read our things to do guides.

Where to Eat and Drink in North Norfolk

We are big on unique and independent eateries in North Norfolk – being home to some of the most varied restaurants, cafes, pubs, and takeaways.

If you are staying in or around Brancaster, Burnham Market, Holkham and Thornham then check out our list of wonderful places to brunch in North Norfolk.

For a unique addition to your itinerary, why not take a visit to England’s oldest and most prestigious whisky distillery? St George’s Distillery is an independent family-owned business, born out of a passion for single malt whisky and for the sole intention of handcrafting the finest English Single Malt Whisky.

Why You Should Visit North Norfolk

For a cosy and dog-friendly cafe in Hunstanton, the Lighthouse Café is placed in a lovely setting with a beautiful view across the wash. There’s parking available with a short walk to the beach, and a safe grass area around the café for children to play.

When staying or visiting Cromer, you may want to take a visit to Brownes on Bond Street which offers a full range of breakfasts and light lunches, as well as an extensive daily specials board so there should be something for everyone.

For more of our insights on where we recommend eating and drinking in North Norfolk – read our food and drink guides.

Book with Norfolk Cottage Agency

For that home away from home feeling, and to enjoy the North Norfolk coast in all its glory, get in touch with Norfolk Cottage Agency to find out more about our homely cottages. Book one of our Norfolk holiday cottages today and start making your dream Norfolk break a reality.