It’s difficult compiling the ultimate list of ‘Must Do’s’ when visiting Norfolk to confine it to Ten!
Norfolk, with its world-class historic buildings, inspirational festivals and vibrant arts scene has a long-established cultural heritage. There’s an outstanding collection of heritage buildings like the iconic Norwich Cathedral (No. 1 on our list of Must Do’s when visiting Norfolk) and more medieval churches than any other city in Western Europe. Norwich castle, built as a Royal Palace 900 years ago, is now a museum and art gallery (No. 2 on our ultimate list of Must Do’s). Wymondham Abbey (No. 9 on our list) is one of the oldest and tallest of buildings in Norfolk, with attractive grounds, well worth a visit and, if you want to stay, it’s within view of our own sumptuous serviced apartments No. 10 The Abbey. Castle Acre Priory (No. 5 on our list) shows clearly the outline of the size and grandeur of the original buildings and is a great place for a picnic. A good visitor centre enables you to explore the history, while some original remaining rooms on the ground floor feel like you have stepped back in time.
Norfolk boasts an exceptionally high number of theatres and arts venues
Norwich stands north of the A47 (bypassed to the south of the city), which connects it with Great Yarmouth to the east, and Kings Lynn and Peterborough to the west. Norwich railway station lies east of Norwich city. Here, you will find a vibrant business district and thriving culture, cosmopolitan cafes, bars and restaurants, and flourishing entertainment venues attracting everything from pre-London runs and stand-up comedy to circus and seaside shows. There are jazz, folk, classical and rock venues, something for everyone. Each year, the city hosts the Norfolk and Norwich festival with over 1,000 national and international artists. The region’s culture and creativity is also mirrored by its many museums and galleries featuring everything from fine art to local fishing industries and rural life (see the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at No. 8 on our list of Must Do’s when visiting Norfolk as a prime example, if you can’t get round them all). Norfolk is also famous for The Broads (No. 10 on our list); known as a boating centre, it does not technically have National Park status, but it does have the equivalent.
Norfolk is a modern, dynamic county offering everything from beautiful heritage to vibrant night life
Norfolk boasts one of the world’s top ten places to shop including one of the largest open-air markets in England (No. 3 on our list of ultimate list of Must Do’s when visiting Norfolk). The perfect mix of culture for the perfect place to visit. Further afield, National Trust and other fine properties such as The Blickling Estate – home to the Boleyn family – with its magnificent house and gardens is at No. 4 on our ‘Must Do’s’ list; Felbrigg Hall (No. 6) a magnificent 17th century mansion and diverse gardens; or the magnificent Holkham Hall (No. 7 on our list, allow you to take a step back into the 18th century and explore an epic landscape set in six acres, with walled garden.
Norwich is well known as a tourist destination
Norwich is a city on the River Wensum in East Anglia and lies about 100 miles north-east of London. Norwich is the regional administrative centre for East Anglia and county town of Norfolk. During the 11th century, Norwich was the largest city in England after London, and one of its most important. Norwich is well known as a tourist destination because of the variety of places you can enjoy while you are visiting the city of Norwich and surrounding areas, our ultimate list of ‘Must Do’s’ when visiting Norfolk, are:
Castle Acre Priory
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
If you’re looking for a day out at the seaside instead, take a look at our top ten Norfolk Beaches.