The 12 things we learnt about Norfolk, England

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And no, one isn’t the ‘Broads’ 

While planning our Norfolk road trip and during our visit, we found out some interesting facts & snippets of information about this East Anglian county.

Wroxham on the Norfolk Broads, Norfolk, England, Great Britain

Even though Norfolk isn’t a million miles away from where we live in the southeast of the UK, there are still things you are unaware of, or niggling bits of knowledge in your mind, that you think you know about a place but not too sure until you go digging a little further.

Some of you may already know this, but here is what we found out.

1

Not one, but two

Not only can Norwich boast that it has a magnificent Church of England Norman Cathedral, that has stood for over 900 years.

Through Erpingham Gate to the Cathedral, Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK

But it also has a Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist.

St John the Baptist Cathedral, Norwich, Norfolk, England,UK

For more on our visit to Norwich check out our posts on the city – Norwich, A collection of images from this amazing City, The Norwich 12, Norfolk, England & The Heart of Norfolk: Norwich, England

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2

Over 90 miles

Norfolk has a wonderful, unspoilt, coastline that sweeps around the north of the county from Great Yarmouth to beyond Hunstanton.

The shoreline at Old Hunstanton, North Norfolk Road Trip, England, UK

There is a great coastal route that can be enjoyed taking in the amazing views.

We spent a day touring the North Norfolk coast, as well as basing ourselves in Cromer. Why not check out The North Norfolk road trip & ‘Gem of the Norfolk Coast’, Cromer, England

3

Mustard

Not just any old mustard, nope its Colman’s mustard, the one with the world famous yellow packaging.

This hot little number has been manufactured in Norwich since 1814, making it over 200 years old.

Colman's Mustard of Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK

4

WWI Heroine

Edith Cavell was a nurse during the First World War, and she infamously sheltered Allied forces & helped over 200 escape, for this Edith was tried and executed behind enemy lines.

The Statue to Edith Cavell, Norwich, Norfolk, England

A state funeral was given to Edith Cavell at Westminster Abbey, and a fitting memorial is by Norwich Cathedral.

5

Bucket & Spade

The elegant Cromer Pier, Cromer, Norfolk, England, UK

Norfolk is also home to some great seaside resorts, Cromer ‘Gem of the Norfolk Coast’ with its traditional old school feel of promenading along the sea front and Great Yarmouth with its slapstick, candy floss and crazy golf.

The beach at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, Great Britain

We’ve stopped by two very different resorts on the Norfolk Coast – Great Yarmouth & Cromer. You can check out Sandcastles & Slapstick, Great Yarmouth, England & ‘Gem of the Norfolk Coast’, Cromer, England

6

Architecture

George Skipper was very well known in Norfolk for his architectural designs.

Not only was he the mind behind the Art Nouveau Royal Arcade in Norwich, but he also designed the elegant Hotel de Paris, that sits on the cliff top at Cromer looking down over the pier.

Inside the Royal Arcade, Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK
Hotel de Paris, Cromer, Norfolk, England, UK

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7

Lord Nelson

I never realised that Horatio Nelson was born in Norfolk and schooled in Norwich. His statue stands just by Norwich Cathedral opposite his old school.

A statue of Nelson, Norwich, Norfolk, England

8

All Aboard

For a bit of nostalgia jump aboard the Sheringham to Holt steam train and take a trip along the ‘Poppy Line’ through the Norfolk countryside.

A steam engine from the  North Norfolk Railway Line, Norfolk, England, UK

This is just one of the heritage lines that run through Norfolk.

9

Flint Buildings

A flint home, Norfolk, England, Great Britain

Another surprise was the abundance of flint in Norfolk, it has been mined in this region since Pre-Roman times and is used throughout the county on historical buildings and modern day homes.

10

George Vancouver

Another Naval great to be born in Norfolk is George Vancouver, a statue of him can be found in his home town of King’s Lynn.

The statue to Captain George Vancouver, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England, UK

Not that I’m giving the game away, but one of his famous expeditions was to Canada.

Why not find a little more on Kings Lynn in The Market Town of King’s Lynn, Norfolk, England

11

Sandringham Estate

Now, of course, I have heard of Sandringham House the elegant Royal retreat that Queen Elizabeth II and her family resides at during Christmas, but during the tour of the house you can find out snippets of the family’s history.

The House, Sandringham, Norfolk, England, UK

We found out that in 1932 beyond a secret door a temporary radio studio was set up for King George V, to broadcast the first Royal Christmas Message….well I didn’t know that.

What to know a little more on the Sandringham Estate – You can check out ‘Royal Retreat’, Sandringham Estate, England

12

Goats

Now, I was certainly surprised to see these little fellas; I know that Cromer is famous for its crabs, but not goats!
Who knew?

The goats at Cromer, Norfolk, England, Great Britain

Apparently, the herd of eight Bagot goats were brought in to nibble at undergrowth and keep the cliff top vegetation under control.

Also

Did you know that Norwich is twinned with Rouen in Normandy, France.

Norwich Cathedral is built from Caen Stone, from Caen, Normandy, France

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Inspired to visit Norfolk?

We chose Norwich & Cromer for our 4 night trip. But there are plenty of other options;
– Wells-next-the-Sea
– Burnham Market
– King’s Lynn

To name but a few.

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Janis

Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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