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Holiday Cottage in Norfolk and The Broads

A holiday cottage in Norfolk and The Broads, whether on the coast or inland, can cater for anyone's taste. There are holiday cottages all over Norfolk and The Broads to suit any size family or pocket. All generations will be attracted to places like Wildlife and Bird Parks, Heritage Railways and Broads boat excursions.

Norfolk has something to offer everyone and many visitors return year after year. Norfolk offers historical places to visit, the opportunity to just relax, or an activity filled day for the more energetic. Dotted all over Norfolk are pretty villages, historic churches, traditional market towns, and a fine city or Norwich with excellent shopping, all set in beautiful countryside. The coast offers miles of unspoilt beaches, a diverse coastline, dramatic skies, and much of the coast is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Norfolk is drier on average than any other part of the country, so is truly the county for all seasons. Whether you want to spend hours on sunlit sands just watching the sea, explore the rich saltmarshes or enjoy a visit to a traditional seaside resort, you can do them all in Norfolk, staying in a holiday cottage.

The East Coast offers unspoilt sandy beaches and pretty villages, starting with Mundseley in the North, with its unhurried atmosphere, through Sea Palling, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Winterton on Sea, a historic fishing village, the traditional seaside resorts of Caister and Hemsby, to Great Yarmouth, with two miles of seafront and activities such as gentle trips in traditional horse-drawn landaus and white-knuckle rides at the Pleasure Beach. Great Yarmouth also possesses on of the most complete medieval town walls in England. From Winterton-on-Sea in the north to Hopton-on-Sea in the south are 15 miles of safe, clean, sandy beaches. You can hire a holiday cottage in any of these areas.

Inland there are tranquil villages with tea shops and pubs, the Broads and Norwich city.

On your Norfolk and The Broads cottage holiday, you can take part in the many activities available. Families are well catered for with days out and about with things like wildlife parks, trips to see the seals, steam railways, adventure parks and traditional seaside funfairs. All these are within reach of wherever in Norfolk and The Broads you book your holiday cottage. Some of the best ways to see Norfolk is cycling and walking, which is not as flat as commonly believed, over the gentle rolling countryside. There are many way marked footpaths and trails, with cycle hire available in a number of locations.

If relaxation is more your thing on your Norfolk and The Broads cottage holiday, you can relax on the beaches, or by the Broads, or be pampered in a local health and leisure clubs.

The North Norfolk coast is excellent for bird watchers, especially during the spring and autumn migration times, when many rarities occur each year. There are a number of both coastal and inland reserves, all within easy reach of your Norfolk and The Broads holiday cottage.

There are many excellent restaurants for your cottage holiday in Norfolk. The seafood is very fresh on the coast. Village pubs and tea shops provide an excellent stop off point for a relaxing break from whatever activities you are taking part in.

Historic sights

Norfolk is rich in history and heritage, with many handsome stately homes and interesting museums.

The National Trust has properties of Blickling Hall, Felbrigg and Oxburgh, and of course there is the Queen's lovely house and grounds at Sandringham.


A Potters Leisure Resort, Hopton, there are various indoor bowls events.

In the Hemsby area, there are various soccer events in the Great Yarmouth Soccer Festival from April to June, including the Norfolk Championship.

At the Great Yarmouth Racecourse there are various horse racing meetings from March through to October.

In June there is the Caister Carnival Procession and Fete.

Throughout the summer, there are Band Concerts at the Bandstand, Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth.

At the beginning of July in Martham, there are 2 fun days and a carnival, where you can climb the church tower, have a strawberry tea and peruse the craft fair in the village hall.

At the end of July is the Lowestoft Air Festival.

In August there are 2 Lifeboat days in Caister and Hemsby.

Places to go

The Broads National Park offers 125 miles of navigable rivers and Broads, whether your idea of fun is hiring a day boat or taking a pleasure cruise with someone else at the helm. The Broads are Britain's largest protected wetlands and have waterside trails, which are great for discovering the special flora and fauna of this beautiful area from your holiday cottage in Norfolk and The Broads. The Norfolk Broads are a network of waterways, providing many opportunities for boating, fishing and bird watching. In the Broadland countryside you can discover charming villages, each with its own special history and appeal, such as Horning and Coltishall. The Broads National Park covers 400 square miles and is set in an Environmentally Sensitive Area, with numerous designated conservation sites. The Broads themselves consist of a dozen or more freshwater lakes, large and small, each with its own special character and many teeming with wildlife. Through the Broadlands beautiful countryside, six rivers weave their way. Day boats and passenger boats are available from busy river centres like Wroxham and Potter Heigham.

At the centre of the county is Norwich, a city whose skyline is dominated by the Norman castle and the Cathedral. For a night out from your holiday cottage, there is an excellent range of dining places, theatres and cinemas. There are 2 modern shopping centres, but also a medieval street plan with small specialists' shops. All over Norfolk, there are art galleries, craft centres and potteries for those gifts or reminders of Norfolk.

So, whatever you want, from an action packed holiday to a relaxing break, choose a holiday cottage in Norfolk and The Broads.