Norfolk's Top Ten Attractions

Blakeney Point

Blakeney Point - Blakeney

A paradise for all kinds of wildlife, this three and a half mile stretch of sand and shingle is most famed as a breeding ground for common and grey seals. Part of one of the largest unspoilt areas of coastline in Europe, there are habitats such as pristine saltmarsh, tidal creeks, freshwater marsh and sand dunes to explore, as well as unbeatable coastal views. Several boat trips head out to catch the enigmatic seals frolicking in the waves.

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Holkham Beach

Holkham Beach - Holkham

Few beaches in Britain can claim to have doubled as the Caribbean, but such is the beauty of the expanse of open white-gold sands at Holkham Bay that this gem on a coastline of outstanding natural beauty pulled off the feat effortlessly in the closing scenes of Shakespeare in Love. Voted the country's finest by Coast Magazine, the beach also offers pine woods, rare species of flora and fauna, and a spectacular shallow lagoon at high tide.

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Norwich Castle

Norwich Castle - Norwich

The imposing limestone walls of Norwich Castle and the largest mound in the country were constructed from 1067 as a palace for William the Conqueror, and remain one of the finest secular Norman buildings in Europe. From the 14th to the 19th century the castle was used as a gaol, but since 1894 the interior has been altogether more welcoming as Norfolk's premier museum, housing a peerless collection of the Norwich School of Artists among its many treasures.

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Norwich Cathedral

Norwich Cathedral - Norwich

Recently voted Norfolk's favourite building, the soaring spire of Norwich Cathedral dominates the medieval skyline of Norwich. Built between 1096 and 1145 with an immense army of masons, craftsmen and labourers, it is one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Europe. The cathedral has the highest Norman tower and largest monastic cloisters in England, as well as a unique collection of roof carvings and some original Norman wall paintings.

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Peddars Way/Norfolk Coast Path

Peddars Way/Norfolk Coast Path - Norfolk-wide

These two National Trails converge at Holme-next-the-Sea and between them cover a wealth of breathtaking scenery. Peddars Way is a Roman road commencing in Suffolk and covering unique Brecks and rolling farmland. The Norfolk Coast Path, recent winner of the Joules award for Best Coastal Path in Britain, charts a course through some of the most unspoilt and dramatic coastal views in Europe, including sand dunes, saltmarshes, extensive sandy beaches, numerous nature reserves and timeless flint villages.

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Poppy Line North Norfolk Railway

Poppy Line North Norfolk Railway - Sheringham

A nostalgic steam train journey through rolling countryside in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, the 'Poppy Line' North Norfolk Railway hasn't changed much since service commenced in 1887. The 10-mile round trip connects the traditional seaside resort of Sheringham and the Georgian market town of Holt on a steam locomotive journey that passes primroses, bluebells, yellow gorse and, at the end of the year, the fabulous poppies that give the line its nickname.

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Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts

Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts - Norwich

Housed inside Lord Foster's first public building, SCVA at the University of East Anglia is a unique campus facility: an outstanding world art collection spanning 5000 years based on a donation from Lord and Lady Sainsbury. Ancient artefacts from Asia, Africa and South America, including some used in the BBC/British Museum's History of the World, sit alongside modern European works from the likes of Moore, Picasso and Bacon, and innovative temporary exhibitions and workshops.

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Sandringham

Sandringham - Sandringham

The Norfolk Retreat of HM The Queen, Sandringham is one of Norfolk's much-loved attractions. Built in 1870 and passed through four generations of monarchs, the atmospheric country house contains d├ęcor and artefacts collected by members of the royal family, and sits within 60 acres of glorious gardens. The museum boasts a collection of vintage Royal motor vehicles, while 240 hectares of woodland and heath in the heart of the estate are a public country park.

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The Norfolk Broads National Park

The Norfolk Broads National Park - Norfolk Broads

One of Norfolk's finest pleasures is undoubtedly gliding along with the sun shimmering on the unique landscape of shallow lakes and rivers, enveloped in a sense of tranquility. Britain's largest protected wetland is home to some of the rarest plants and animals in the UK, and the 200km of navigable waterways are a boating paradise for novice and expert alike. Picturesque villages, windmills, flint churches, reed-thatched boat houses and riverside pubs complete the bucolic ambience.

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Thetford Forest

Thetford Forest - Thetford

The largest lowland pine forest in Britain, Thetford Forest is refuge to a variety of wildlife including deer, red squirrels, pheasants and woodlarks. The patchwork of pine, heathland and broadleaves contains numerous waymarked walking trails and cycling routes, arts and crafts, wildlife workshops, one of the largest squirrel mazes in Europe and an adventure playground, not to mention one of the country's most tranquil and beautiful spots to enjoy a picnic.

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