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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.

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.

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.

This county is an increasingly popular destination, so if you want to bag one of the best places to stay in Norfolk, you'll need to plan ahead. Or else avoid school holidays, when it's virtually impossible to find anything! Or else come off season when you can feel like you've almost got the place to yourself.

Best Places to Stay in Norfolk

For a seaside jaunt

  • The White Horse at Branscombe occupies one of the best locations on the north Norfolk coastline. Directly overlooking the waterfront, it has panoramic views of tidal marshes and endless sandy beaches. The nautical themed bedrooms don’t let the side down either, and the food is great.
  • The Victoria Inn is a comfortable, British inn on the north Norfolk coast road near Holkham. You've access to the Holkham Estate in one direction and one of England's best sandy beaches in the other.

For families

  • The Victoria Inn is the perfect spot for a family holiday. Situated within walking distance of Holkham beach and just beside Holkham Estate it offers activities for everyone. Plus when you get back from a days exploring the buzzy restaurant serves great food.
  • The Blakeney Hotel overlooks Blakeney's small harbour and marshlands, so some of the 60 traditional rooms have amazing views, as does the guest tea room and the pool and gym.
  • The Bank House in King’s Lynn was, as its name suggests, once a bank and before that a rich merchant lived there. Its new incarnation offers stylish interiors where old and new blend seamlessly together. The brasserie too, comes highly recommended.
  • The Rose and Crown is a charming old pub with twisting passages, beamed ceilings, log fires and easy access to the beach. it might not sound family friendly, but the owners have gone out of their way to ensure that it is, and the rooms and modern and stylish. The Rose and Crown is also popular with golfers and birdwatchers.

To escape!

  • Foodies will be familiar with Morston Hall, a 13 room country house hotel in the small coastal village of Morston. Its restaurant has a Michelin star and 3 AA Rosettes, plus it offers cooking demonstrations and courses. You're also close to plenty of the region's most beautiful stately homes, and the coastal path.
  • The Hoste is in the centre of trendy Burnham Market, a couple of miles inland from the coast. With its wide selection of independent boutiques, delis and galleries there is plenty for the more urban minded visitors. The Hoste offers a wide selection of stylish rooms and has great food and a spa too!
  • The Gunton Arms is a lavishly restored country inn on a 1000 acre country estate. There are just eight rooms, but the restaurant is popular with the locals so it can be lively. Views are across the old deer park.

Norfolk's best B&Bs

  • Cley Windmill, overlooking the marshes of Cley and a pretty, shingle beach, is a nine room windmill B&B with panoramic views, great birdwatching and plenty of peace!
  • In the county’s main town of Norwich you’ll find 38 St Giles. This small B&B is perfectly located in the heart of the town’s boutiquey shopping area and is just a stone’s throw from the Theatre Royal, Maddermarket and the Forum.

For the Norfolk Broads

  • Norfolk Mead near Norwich is a charming country house hotel right in amongst the waterways. The 13 rooms are smart and individually decorated and there's lovely grounds and a lake. The food is excellent and there's a hotel boat.

Still not sure which to book? Browse though our list of all the best places to stay in Norfolk, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice. Alternatively widen the net and check out our recommendations in Suffolk.

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  • The Blakeney Hotel

    Blakeney, Norfolk

    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.

    60 rooms from $123
    Families  -  Plenty for the children including indoor pool, games room, board games and more!
    Views  -  Fantastic views over the marshes - but ask for the right rooms
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor pool
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • The Rose and Crown

    Snettisham, Norfolk

    Charming traditional pub with a stylish twist - well adapted for families, with log fires and within easy reach of the beach.

    16 rooms from $139
    Birdwatching  -  At nearby Snettisham Beach
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • The White Horse

    Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk

    Lively pub overlooking Brancaster estuary. Popular with families and sailors.

    15 rooms from $146
    Exclusive offer
    Bar  -  Very popular with locals, especially in summer
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • The Gunton Arms

    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.

    8 rooms from $146
    Views  -  Views of the deer park
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays
  • Cley Windmill

    Cley-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

    Characterful windmill B&B overlooking marshes of Cley, a pretty village near shingle coast where locals swim. Good birdwatching nearby.

    9 rooms from $153
    Views  -  Panoramic views over the salt marshes
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Bank House

    King's Lynn, Norfolk

    A friendly well-run hotel with an excellent brasserie in a Georgian King’s Lynn townhouse

    11 rooms from $154
    Great walks  -  Jump on the ferry across the Ouse to get to the Peter Scott Walk around the edge of The Wash.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Customs House and explore the cobbled streets
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • Titchwell Manor

    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

    27 rooms from $170
    Birdwatching  -  Midweek birdwatching packages available
    Views  -  Overlooking the North Norfolk coastline and marshes
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
  • The Hoste

    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.

    62 rooms from $170
    Beach nearby  -  Only 2 miles from award winning sandy beaches
    Restaurant  -  2 AA Rosettes
    Spa  -  Clarins or Gatineau treatments available
    Great walks  -  Explore the North Norfolk coastline.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Mr & Mrs Smith
  • Strattons Hotel

    Swaffham, Norfolk

    Eclectic, welcoming, family-run bolthole of just 14 rooms in a charming market town, famed for its homely cooking and personal comforts

    14 rooms from $199
    Restaurant  -  Award winning English cooking using local and organic ingredients
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
  • Victoria Inn

    Holkham, Norfolk

    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.

    10 rooms from $200
    Beach nearby  -  Large sandy beach with dunes within walking distance
    Wildlife Area  -  Holkham National Nature Reserve on the doorstep
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
  • 38 St Giles

    Norwich, Norfolk

    Small boutique B+B in the heart of Norwich, for great shopping and a good value, relaxed stay.

    8 rooms from $200
    Designer Shopping  -  In the heart of the shopping district
    Sights nearby  -  Close to the Theatre Royal, Maddermarket and the Forum
    Local markets  -  Norwich market on the doorstep
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays
  • Norfolk Mead

    Norwich, Norfolk

    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.

    13 rooms from 130
    Garden  -  Well-kept pretty garden with lake and wildfowl. The 12 acres extend to bank of the River Bure
    Sights nearby  -  Just 8 miles from Norwich
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Signpost
  • The Old Rectory

    Norwich, Norfolk

    Family run eight room Georgian Rectory just outside Norwich for quiet getaway and outside pool.

    8 rooms from $200
    Great walks  -  Plenty of maps and routes available plus picnics to take with you!
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool only for Summer Months
    Birdwatching  -  Nature reserves nearby
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Johansens
  • Morston Hall

    Morston, Norfolk

    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.

    13 rooms from $493
    Restaurant  -  Restaurant holds a Michelin star and 3 AA Rosettes.
    Cooking classes  -  Half day cookery demonstrations and three day residential courses available.
    Sights nearby  -  Close to plenty of East Anglia's stately homes.
    Great walks  -  Walk the coastal path

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