12 Things You Need to Experience in England's North Norfolk Coast Towns
Updated: May 2
After a few days in London, visitors to England may want to explore further into the countryside to relax. Norfolk, only a couple of hours by train from London, offers some of the most charming coastline, quaint pubs and eateries, and history brimming out the ears. Discover abbeys, beach towns, inns, waterside dining and more with this comprehensive guide of things to do in North Norfolk, England.
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Stroll Seaside Sheringham in North Norfolk, England
Coastal Sheringham is a lovely place to stay in North Norfolk. With the beach, timbered buildings, and charming boutiques, it is easy to spend an afternoon wandering the town.
Take in a Show at the Historic Cromer Pier in North Norfolk, England
The Cromer Pier's annual Christmas show is the talk of the villages across Norfolk. A quirky affair, the show is host to stand up comedy acts, children's choir groups and plenty of slapstick laughs for the holiday season.
When the holidays are over, their event list is teaming with concerts, tribute band rock shows and comedy nights.
The Cromer Pier, in one form or another, has been around since 1391 and has trans-morphed into a beloved home to the community for over a century at its pavilion and theater.
Take a Seal Trip in Blakeney
For a great day out on the water, take a seal watching trip in Blakeney. The ride may be a bit chilly and wet, but worth it to see the seals enjoying themselves in the wild.
Some tour operators to check out include:
After your boat trip take a quick peek at the Blakeney Guildhall in town before heading to The Wiveton Bell for an elegant meal including large copas of gin and tonics and wonderful mussels.
Tour a Bomber or a Nimrod at the Norwich Aviation Museum
This museum not only has an entertaining array of artifacts indoors, but it is also host to dozens of big aircraft in their outside lawn.
Pay a little extra to schedule a personal tour of one of their big aircrafts including the Vulcan bomber and Nimrod.
Museum and admission information can be found here: https://www.cnam.org.uk/
Tour the Blickling Estate in North Norfolk, England
Tour a Jacobean mansion and gardens at Blickling Hall in Aylsham. While there, take in the scenery or enjoy biking, fishing, walking trails and cafes.
Pub Hop By Boat Along The Broads
The Broads is a National Park and wetland in Norfolk, chock full of narrow waterways and fairy tale homes.
Rent a small Broads boat (or a big one, if you fancy) and enjoy a day muddling down the river past thatched roofed homes and picturesque pubs.
Not keen on a renting a boat? Have lunch at the Hotel Wroxham (or for about $80 stay the night) and watch others crash into the marina for a pint. It's quite common to see these rental boats full of families looking for a nice ride out, or for the party crowd looking to make a pub crawl of their day on the water.
While dining at Hotel Wroxham, call ahead for the best outside seating and enjoy their beautifully crafted dishes. Near the edge of property feed the birds at Granary Dyke or after lunch stroll through the adorable village shops.
Creake Abbey Ruins and Market in North Norfolk, England
At Fakenham, the Creake Abbey ruins are an enjoyable site paired along with a visit to their farmer's market. Their courtyard market offers everything from vintage clothes and antiques to jewelry, soap and even local Archangel gin. Try the rhubarb flavor, it doesn't disappoint!
Try to make it in for their annual Christmas Fayre or check their website for what's on.
Try Vending Machine Dairy at the Binham Priory
Heaven is real, and it is located at the Binham Priory in Norfolk, England. The primary draw of this place is actually to see the impressive abbey ruins, but if you are a cheesemonger like myself, it's easy to get more excited about their farm fresh dairy on offer.
From Abbey Farm Dairy and The Little Dairy Shop, both on premises, you can get some of the freshest milk and cheese - from a vending machine. !!!
Raw Milk Vending Machine
I've never heard of milk from a vending machine, but this was super fancy. They even have instructions on their website on how to use it! For only one British Pound per liter of milk, it's a steal.
Gourmet Cheese Vending Machine
Dreams do come true. Cheese packaged on property, sourced on property, and sold from a gorgeous vending machine on property...seriously it doesn't get better for cheese lovers. Amazing.