Norfolk has long been known as a site for the royals, with Sandringham Castle just up the road from the Duke and Duchess’ country residence. Norfolk isn’t just for the royal family, though. From its stunning coastline to its historic architecture, we’ve put the spotlight on Norfolk and found some of the best things to see and do in this county.
What to see and do
From eating and drinking to exploring, the natural beauty of Norfolk is sure to delight anyone.
Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life
This museum in Thetford is full of artifacts and stories from historic Norfolk. Located in a house that was built in 1500, each room in the museum has a different theme that reflects the country’s history. It’s a small museum, so don’t worry about being overwhelmed, and is a great place for children because of the interactive exhibits and children’s activities during the week.
Located in Norfolk’s largest city, the Norwich Cathedral is a site that can’t be missed. The cathedral was constructed between 1000-1100 AD, and has the second largest cloisters in England. It’s easy to find in the city, and the cathedral hosts free guided tours every day to make sure that you get the most out of your experience.
The Rose & Crown
While there is no shortage of wonderful pubs in Norfolk, none are quite so picturesque as the Rose & Crown in Snettisham. This pub is made of charming white brick and fulfils all the requirements of a quintessentially British country pub. Historical features abound in the open brick fireplace and off-kilter beams. All of the meals served in the pub are locally sourced, so it’s a great place to get a taste of local flavour. Norfolk is known for its fantastic seafood, so try the crab, mussels, and cockles if you can. You can even stay in one of the 16 rooms over the pub. The gorgeous landscape of Snettisham beach is the perfect spot for an after-lunch walk.
The Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Cley Marshes is a very popular spot for keen birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts alike. It’s the oldest of Norfolk’s Wildlife Trusts, and is arguably its most celebrated nature reserve because of the depth and breadth of habitats present. Take a walk along the shingle beach, see the saline lagoons, grazing marsh and reedbed that sustain large numbers of birds as they migrate across the country.
Where to buy
Properties in Norfolk are very reasonably priced for the fantastic landscape and stunning location. “Expect to pay between £500,000-£600,000 for a good-sized cottage or detached home,” says Jan Von Draczek, Director of Sales at Fine & Country North & West Norfolk. “For a home near the coast with land, prices will be around £700,000, and for top-of-the-line coastal homes, most properties start at £1,500,000. The market has been quite good in Norfolk in 2018, with well-priced homes selling quickly.”
What can you expect to find for sale in Norfolk? Take a look at some of the best homes that Fine & Country has to offer in the county of Norfolk.
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