Norfolk's horizon is almost magically flat and endless, as the land, laced with inland waterways, becomes the marshes and the dunes and then the sea. And this wonderfully moist landscape is dotted with ancient chutes, castle and charming seaside towns. Beautiful and peaceful, Norfolk is a proper all ages holiday destination.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Norfolk is mainly concentrated around the beautiful north coast. But there are a couple of choices for those who might prefer the bright lights of Norwich, rather than the genteel market towns of Holt or Burnham Market.
There's all sorts of ways to entertain yourself and your family in Norfolk, from taking solitary walks along beautiful great swathes of sandy beach - empty if you pick the right time of year, to going crabbing off piers in charming coastal villages. To sailing, or cycling, or eating Cromer crabs in picturesque seaside surrounds.
Inland, the rolling countryside is criss-crossed by footpaths and dotted with woods and unspoilt flint villages. There are walks everywhere, from gentle rambles to serious hikes. Even the serious hikes don’t involve too many hills in this flattest of counties. Popular walks include the Roman Peddars Way and the North Norfolk Coast Path.
Bird watching is another big pull here with nature reserves galore to satisfy even the pickiest of twitchers, and the sailing and boating goes without saying, what with the beautiful coastline and the perfect peace of the Norfolk Broads.
Recently refurbished, but traditional hotel with 60 rooms overlooking Blakeney's small harbour and marshlands. Many guest areas including tea room with great marsh views, swimming pool and gym, and several small gardens. Good for children.
Charming traditional pub with a stylish twist - well adapted for families, with log fires and within easy reach of the beach.
Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk
Lively pub overlooking Brancaster estuary. Popular with families and sailors.
Thorpe Market, Norfolk
Lavish, recently restored country inn on a country estate. Much modern art from a famous collector. Bags of character and excellent Mark Hix inspired food.
Characterful windmill B&B overlooking marshes of Cley, a pretty village near shingle coast where locals swim. Good birdwatching nearby.
King's Lynn, Norfolk
A friendly well-run hotel with an excellent brasserie in a Georgian King’s Lynn townhouse
Kings Lynn, Norfolk
Boutique Norfolk coast hotel with stunning views from some rooms and superb birdwatching, with decent brasserie food and a pretty walled garden
Burnham Market, Norfolk
Comfortable, modernised hotel in the centre of this trendy North Norfolk village, just in-land from the coast. Decent food. Excellent beach walks nearby.
Eclectic, welcoming, family-run bolthole of just 14 rooms in a charming market town, famed for its homely cooking and personal comforts
A comfortable, modernised pub & hotel with a traditional ‘British Country Inn’ ambience on North Norfolk's coast road, with access to Holkham estate behind and an expansive sandy beach (one of England's best) half a mile away. Ideal for beach walks, birdwatching and playing. Good restaurant.
Small boutique B+B in the heart of Norwich, for great shopping and a good value, relaxed stay.
Charming country house hotel in Norfolk Broads with its own boat for exploring the waterways. Lovely grounds and lake. Smart individually decorated bedrooms. Sumptuous breakfast, Sunday lunch, proper afternoons teas and hampers provided. Perfect for short breaks, weddings or business conferences.
Family run eight room Georgian Rectory just outside Norwich for quiet getaway and outside pool.
Renowned gastro-hotel. A traditionally-furnished small country house hotel in this small coastal village. Great food, but set menu. Morston renowned for seal trips. Sailing.