If you’re looking for a UK holiday that combines beautiful beaches, the best of the British countryside and a jaunt around some quaint English towns, a staycation in Norfolk won’t disappoint. Plus, we have a range of holiday accommodation to suit every traveller, their age, budget and holiday requirements.
Want to experience all that a British seaside resort has in store? Head to Great Yarmouth and its Pleasure Beach. In search of something quieter that has plenty of delicious places to try the local cuisine? Cromer and Hunstanton are home to Norfolk’s golden sands as well as award-winning restaurants.
That’s not all though. At Staycations UK, we can help you to find the perfect Norfolk town as well as a luxury holiday home to really put the cherry on top. From family-friendly pads and cosy cabins for two to dog-friendly lodges and seaside cottages close to the fun, we’ve got something for every occasion.
Why not choose to holiday at one of North Norfolk’s most spectacular houses which even comes with its own look-out? Here you can while away the hours watching the day dawn and sun set over the spectacular coastline at Brancaster in an unrivalled position, right on the North Norfolk coast path.
From £150 pppn night | Sleeps 8
Red Stag Lodge combines opulent but cosy open-plan living with all the toys – a tennis court, pétanque court, sensational LED light-changing indoor swimming pool and sauna.
From £60 pppn| Sleeps 14
If you are looking for somewhere rather exclusive and extremely private to escape to for a short break or longer stay, then the privately-owned Fring Estate is ideal.
From £49 pppn | Sleeps 16
Escape to the truly gorgeous Gardener’s Cottage, set in a beautiful and very peaceful rural location within its own private walled garden, within the parkland and grounds of Fring Hall.
From £51 pppn | Sleeps 10
The Owl House is a beautiful brick and flint barn in the heart of rural paradise, surrounded by a herd of doe-eyed, hand-fed breeding deer. Step over the courtyard for a dip in the ten-metre indoor, temperature-controlled swimming pool with beautiful modular ceiling with fibre optic lights.
From £53 pppn night | Sleeps 10
Swan Cottage is a large traditional chalk and brick detached Norfolk cottage dating back to the 19th century, set in the middle of a one acre plot, with uninterrupted rural views over the rolling countryside.
From £55 pppn| Sleeps 9
Market Square House is a large country house in a great location, making it perfect for a group of friends or a larger family to get together in a unique and idyllic location in the pretty village of Fring.
From £47 pppn | Sleeps 10
Reedcutter Lodge is a beautiful Scandinavian A-frame luxury lodge located in the wonderful, tranquil woodland setting of Weybourne Forest, set high on the hill above the popular coastal village of Weybourne.
From £36 pppn | Sleeps 8
Escape to Park Cottage; a laid back, luxury self-catering cottage on a beautiful private estate. Set in glorious grounds and wonderfully secluded, this stylish rustic retreat is sublimely positioned amidst pretty woodland and parkland and yet is within easy reach of North Norfolk’s best beaches.
From £35 pppn night | Sleeps 6
Get back to nature in style at this beautiful, elegant and peaceful woodland retreat, just one and a half miles inland from the coastal village of Weybourne.
From £32 pppn| Sleeps 6
This gorgeous high-end luxury property just oozes style and sophistication. Located in a fabulously quiet location and within easy walking distance of the sandy beach at Old Hunstanton, which boasts a Links golf course and a Michelin-starred restaurant, this house will excite you from the moment you step inside.
From £65 pppn | Sleeps 14
This beautiful character cottage has been extended and undergone a chic and luxurious ‘no expense spared’ interior makeover with meticulous attention to detail and comfort uppermost in mind. Located in the heart of ‘Royal’ North West Norfolk, The Malthouse really is fit for a king and queen.
From £56 pppn night | Sleeps 8
An immaculately presented Grade II listed Georgian house in a superb location right in the heart of the chi-chi village of Burnham Market. With excellent facilities right on the doorstep along with stylish, comfortable accommodation. Estcourt House is a hard one to beat.
From £52 pppn| Sleeps 10
This charming one bedroom shepherd’s hut and hot tub, beautifully decorated and tastefully furnished, is ideal for a romantic break for two. The perfect spot if you are seeking tranquillity, total privacy and the perfect escape from the stresses and strains of everyday life.
From £40 pppn| Sleeps 2
This stunning large detached house with luxury garden pod sleeping four is ideal for families and friends wanting to be in walking distance of the harbour, beach, coastal path, shops and two fantastic pub/restaurants.
From £38 pppn | Sleeps 10
Understated luxury is the order of the day, at this peaceful and super-stylish holiday home, accommodating up to 12 guests in the pretty village of Ringstead.
From £40 pppn night | Sleeps 12
Aviaries Barn is a one bedroom rustic barn conversion, full of character, tucked away in peaceful gardens in the centre of the village of Burnham Market.
From £48 pppn | Sleeps 2
Relax in this handsome Larch pod, set within the old stables on the owner’s farm in the delightful village of East Rudham. Able Stables is on one level and has been carefully created to incorporate the assisted living requirements of the independent wheelchair user.
From £38 pppn| Sleeps 2
A stunning, romantic Norfolk hideaway just made for two. This oak A-framed barn not only sits in an area of natural beauty, with fabulous views across a stream to water meadows beyond that teems with wildlife, but it’s also only a five minute walk to Old Hunstanton’s wide-open sandy beach.
From £65 pppn | Sleeps 2
This large, spacious and social barn conversion is stylishly furnished and well-equipped. Located within a short walk of the beautiful sandy beach, Holme Nature Reserve and a good village pub.
From £49 pppn night | Sleeps 14
Sophistication and understated elegance with a small sprinkling of contemporary and unique touches reign supreme at this rather beautiful and lovingly restored Grade-II listed bite-size Tudor manor house, set right in the centre of Wells-next-the-Sea.
From £50 pppn| Sleeps 10
Situated in one of North Norfolk’s most sought after villages, this superb three storey stylish cottage has every modern comfort, three en-suite bedrooms and fabulous far reaching open views to the coast.
From £47 pppn| Sleeps 6
A beautifully renovated cottage offering luxurious accommodation for two in the pretty village of Thornham. The lovely open-plan living space with modern kitchen opens onto a cosy sitting room with wood burning stove. There is a garden with private terrace and lawn.
From £65 pppn night | Sleeps 2
We are very excited to welcome this trendy coastal pad to our portfolio. Stylised, but relaxed, this ravishing couples retreat located in beautiful Thornham village has exceptional style and manages to bring a little bit of Notting Hill to the coast!
From £70 pppn | Sleeps 2
A beautifully renovated old fisherman’s cottage located in the charming village of Thornham, in walking distance of the beach and fabulous pubs and restaurants; this little bolthole is perfect for a couple or small family wishing to escape to the coast!
From £68 pppn| Sleeps 2
Best towns for a staycation in Norfolk
Home to varied landscapes and lots of activities, these are the best places for a Norfolk holiday – whatever the season.
Best for: Relaxing days on the beach
Cromer is a traditional seaside town that’s jam-packed with coastal cafes, independent shops and a few attractions – one of them being the Pavilion Theatre. Spend your days sitting on the beach and wandering along the pier. And, come evening, take your seat at one of the many shows on offer in the area. You won’t go hungry either with lots of restaurants serving up freshly caught fish.
Best for: A city break – with a twist
Norfolk has a charming atmosphere that isn’t replicated anywhere else, and its cities are no different. Forget about everything you know about UK cities and instead imagine quaint streets, bundles of character and a community feel – that’s Norwich for you. Home to one of the oldest outdoor markets and plenty of boutiques, if you enjoy shopping, you won’t be disappointed either.
Best for: A family-friendly day out
You can’t come to Norfolk without a trip to one of the most popular tourist destinations. A traditional seaside resort, visitors have been flocking to Great Yarmouth for years. With plenty of family-friendly activities and an abundance of arcades, cafes and shows, the atmosphere here is vibrant whatever the time of day.
Best for: Getting out in The Broads
Possibly one of Norfolk’s most famous attractions, The Norfolk Broads National Park can be easily accessed from the village of Wroxham. How you explore the local area is completely up to you – get your hiking boots on, hire a boat for the day or stay cosy in your car and enjoy a scenic drive. Be sure to keep an eye out for all the local wildlife that call this area home though.
Best for: Slow days spent wandering around
Holidays in Norfolk don’t have to be go, go, go. Instead, in King’s Lynn, life is taken at a much slower pace. Home to traditional markets, beautiful cobbled streets and buildings that date back to the 14th century, a trip to this historic town is ideal after a few busy tourist days. With plenty of bars and cafes dotted around, you won’t go hungry either.
Best for: Exploring Norfolk’s glorious coastline
Famous for its cliffs and incredible sunsets, Hunstanton is the only west-facing resort on the East of England. Still retaining some of its Victorian character, today there’s plenty of family-friendly activities, beautiful gardens to explore, golden sands to relax in and lots of beachside eateries to enjoy.
Cromer Lighthouse Norfolk Circular Walk
Walk length: 4.7 miles
Follow the signs for the Norfolk Coast Path and explore the Cromer Lighthouse Norfolk Circular Walk. As you can imagine, the sea views are incredible here – and if you can do it during sunset, they’re even better. Boasting cliff top views, coastal horizons and lots of wildlife along the way, this is sure to be one walk that you don’t forget in a hurry.
Norwich Bridges and Churches Trail
Walk length: 4.5 miles
What better way to explore the city of Norwich than with the Norwich Bridges and Churches Trail? It’ll take you over the area’s most historical bridges and past some of the oldest churches. You’re never too far from Norwich’s bars and restaurants either and the route is fully paved meaning it’s great for those with pushchairs.
Great Yarmouth Historic Town
Location: Great Yarmouth
Walk length: 1.9 miles
The Great Yarmouth Historic Town walk is a fantastic way for the whole family to explore the local area. The circular route runs down to the seafront, past local attractions and back to the jetty. The best bit about it? You’re never too far from a few cafes or ice cream huts…
Bure Valley Path
Walk length: Nine miles
The Bure Valley Path might be longer than the others but it’s gentle, slow and suitable for all walking abilities and ages. The route takes you along a beautiful path between Aylsham and Wroxham and follows the former Great Eastern Railway line. The views are incredible along the way and there’s plenty of places to stop and take it all in.
King’s Lynn Heritage Walk
Location: King’s Lynn
Walk length: Two miles
The gentle King’s Lynn Heritage Walk is ideal for those who want to explore the local area on foot – but perhaps at a slower pace. Discover some interesting tales of years gone by, look out for walking highlights like the old Customs House and St. George’s Guildhall to name a few, and afterwards stop off at one of the cafes and enjoy a sweet treat.
Hunstanton Circular Walk
Walk length: Five or seven miles
The Hunstanton Circular Walk gives you the option between routes which makes it great for all walking abilities, and ages. Along the way, you’ll see gorgeous coastlines, rugged landscapes and a few furry faces, which like to call this area home. Dogs are allowed but be sure to keep them on a lead.
Must see places in Norfolk
Unfortunately, we can’t always rely on the British weather. But one of the best things about Norfolk is that there is always something to do…
Best for: A fun and interesting history lesson
Sandringham Estate has been the home of The Royals for four generations. Boasting 20,000 acres of land, it sits on the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is open to tours. Throughout the year, there’s also lots of activities on and the on-site restaurant is worth a visit too.
Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach
Best for: A fun day out for all ages
Having opened in 1909, The Pleasure Beach is one of Norfolk’s biggest attractions. Home to rides for all ages, plenty of indoor fun and delicious pop-up food stalls, you can make a real day of it too. If you prefer to take things slow, the surrounding area has lots of green space, cafes and shops.
Best for: Getting those picture-perfect moments
The Norfolk Lavender farm has over 100 acres filled with the beautiful flowers as well as a shop and tea room – where you can buy and taste homemade goods with lavender in. Tourists come here from all over so it does get busy. It’s worth the trip though…
Best for: Guided tours that everyone will enjoy
Norwich Castle is one of the largest Norman keeps in Britain and has plenty of history behind it. The guided tours make for a great day out and you’ll discover interesting tales about the royal fortification of the city and William the Conqueror. With plenty of interactive games dotted around, kids of all ages will definitely enjoy it.
A seal watching boat trip
Best for: Seeing some super cute animals
During June-August and November-January, Common and Grey Seals set up home and give birth to over 3000 baby seals on North Norfolk’s coast – and you can get up close to them with a Seal Boat Trip. Led by an expert, you’ll learn all about them, their life and what they like eating – and of course, get to see a few cute faces.
Best for: Getting inside if the weather’s not great
Head into the 1000-year-old Letheringsett Watermill and discover how flour is ground while seeing the mill in all its glory. Not just that but hear about its past which include two fires, multiple changes and lots of colourful tales. Today, it’s Norfolk’s only working watermill and attracts visitors of all kinds.
Best pubs in Norfolk
From traditional drinking venues to modern gastro establishments, Norfolk has one of the biggest ranges of pubs around.
The Brisley Bell Inn
This 17th century pub has been recently renovated into a stunning venue that people travel for miles to experience. Choose from the bar, quiet dining room or cosy snug that boasts a library full of books and inviting fireside. Outside, there’s a gorgeous garden which hosts live music in the summer. Dogs are also welcome meaning no-one has to miss out.
Location: Burnham Market
This 4-star hotel was originally a 16th century inn and now has over 60 rooms. As well as this, the pub on-site is popular with tourists and locals alike. A firm favourite in the summer and winter, it’s ideally located for exploring some of the area’s best scenery.
The Gunton Arms
Nestled within a 1000 acre deer park and dating back to the 18th century, The Gunton Arms is a unique pub that definitely deserves a visit. Inside, the walls are adorned with incredible pieces of art and the menu includes venison caught on the grounds. Dogs are welcome too as are walkers and hikers, making it a vibrant atmosphere day and night.
The Lifeboat Inn
With an impressive spot along North Norfolk’s coast, The Lifeboat Inn might be hidden down a quiet lane but it’s fantastic if you’re searching for a jewel away from the hustle and bustle. Having recently been refurbished, yet retaining its old features, the inside is just as incredible as the views outside. It’s also close to the Holme Dunes National Nature Reserve so it’s not uncommon to see some wildlife.
The Duck Inn
Voted as one of Norfolk’s best foodie hotspots by Conde Nast Traveller Magazine, The Duck Inn is one of the best around. Here, the food is incredible but service laidback and unpretentious. Ingredients are locally sourced and the drinks menu offers all of the favourites plus a few local treats.
Sitting on the banks of the River Wensum, the Sculthorpe Mill is an 18th century converted mill. Previously derelict and off the beaten track, today it’s one of the most popular pubs around – for those that know about it. With a drinks menu boasting ale, gin and the tastiest wines, you’re sure to find something to enjoy as you take in the views from the large garden outside.
Best places to eat in Norfolk
Breakfast, lunch and dinner – Norfolk has a wide variety of places to eat including coastal cafes, village bars and michelin-starred restaurants.
Location: King’s Lynn
Serving up delicious British dishes, Market Bistro has been voted one of the top 200 restaurants in the entire world by Conde Nast Traveller Magazine. On the menu, you’ll find local seafood and vegetables that are grown in their very own garden. It does get booked up fast though so call in advance…
Built into a Yurt tent, Shuck’s Restaurant delivers a relaxed experience and delicious food. The food is honest, dogs are welcome and children will be kept busy in the kid’s corner. It’s a colourful and friendly atmosphere with mismatched tables and chairs and a charm that never gets old.
Grosvenor Fish Bar
This fish and chip shop has stood in its place for nearly 90 years, and is a firm favourite with the locals. Expect all the popular dishes you’d usually find as well as toad in the hole and fried green tomatoes. If the weather’s nice, take your food outside onto the green and sit back for a while.
Congham Hall Restaurant
Location: King’s Lynn
Boasting 2 AA Rosettes, this incredible restaurant is ideal for a special occasion. They try to source as much of their ingredients from a 20-mile radius and their very own herb garden has over 400 different kinds. Inside, the decor is calm, cool and sophisticated and there’s also a spa and pool if you really want to unwind.
The Victoria Inn
Part of the Holkham Estate and just a few minutes from the beach is The Victoria Inn. Here, they truly care about the quality of their ingredients and source as much from the local area as possible. Inside, the decor is traditional but reupholstered chairs give it a modern twist. Dogs are also welcome if you want to make a family celebration of it.
Say hello to North Norfolk’s only designated vegetarian restaurant. Take a seat indoors and smell the freshly made coffee or head to the courtyard to soak up the rays. While it might be one of the smallest venues on our list, it certainly makes up for it with flavour, character and charm.
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