Norfolk, we have such fond memories

In Counties, Memories, Near, Norfolk, Our Journeys, Road Trips, Trip-Types by Janis0 Comments

From sticks of rock to a regal splendour!

Gary and I had wanted to visit the county Norfolk for a few years now and more often than not we jump in the car and head across to mainland Europe. However, on this occasion, we decided ‘no’, let’s dig deeper into our own lovely country.

Norfolk is situated on the east coast of England and shares its shoreline with the North Sea. For me whenever I hear the North Sea mentioned, it conjures up harsh conditions in my mind, so it was a welcoming site to see the waters on calmer days.

However, it wasn’t just the coastal towns we were in search of, we were on a mini road trip, and its county town of Norwich was a must for us to visit.

All quiet on the pier, Cromer, Norfolk, England, UK

What Gary and I love about travel, are the fantastic memories that it brings and the fact that they last a lifetime.

As Norfolk was such an enjoyable break, we have chosen our favourite bits to share them with you.



Highlights


Norwich City – We found Norwich to be a lovely city to discover, so much history in one place. The 900-year-old Norman Cathedral and its surrounding Close were certainly a highlight.

Find out more from our posts The Heart of Norfolk & The Norwich 12.

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

Sandringham Estate – I’m really pleased we visited Sandringham Estate, I personally thought it was worth the extra cost to tour the lower floors of the house. But equally the gardens are incredible, and the Royal car museum is certainly unusual, I never knew the Royal Family owned a black cab.

The House, Sandringham, Norfolk, England, UK

Why not read our post – ‘Royal Retreat’, Sandringham Estate


North Norfolk coastal road trip – This became a road trip within a road trip, we followed the coastal route from Cromer to Hunstanton, touring through the little towns and villages along the way. The route can be found on the Visit Norfolk website.

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

We’ve our own post on this mini road trip – The North Norfolk road trip


Great Yarmouth – Although this was our first visit to Great Yarmouth it brought back so many childhood memories of spending days by the seaside with my family. A true bucket & spade destination, and even has the nostalgic end of pier entertainment.

The Britannia Pier,Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, UK

Harbour towns – During our coastal tour we visited Wells-Next-the-Sea, a busy little fishing town. Great for seafood and you may even catch a glimpse of people crabbing, or buy your own line and bait and give it a go yourselves.

Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, England, UK

Cromer – While Yarmouth brought back childhood memories Cromer ‘Gem of the Norfolk Coast’, has the traditional old-school feel of promenading along the seafront.

Sunset over Cromer, Norfolk, England, UK

For more on our Cromer Experience checkout – ‘Gem of the Norfolk Coast’, Cromer, England



Pleasures


Fish & chips by the seaside – You’ll have to go a long way to beat this foodie experience. Does it get any better than sitting overlooking the sea, sun shining, seagulls circling overhead while eating fish & chips with lashings of salt & vinegar?

Fish 'n' Chips at No1, Cromer, Norfolk, England, UK

Lanes in Norwich – Strolling through the historical cobbled lanes of Norwich was like stepping back in time, fantastic little buildings and quirky boutiques.

A view of Elm Hill, Norwich, Norfolk, England

Architecture – The mixture of buildings & design throughout Norfolk is amazing, from the half-timbered homes & flint houses to the incredible Art Nouveau arcade in Norwich.

Inside the Royal Arcade, Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK

History – Norfolk certainly has its fair share of history and a couple of its notable sons and daughters is the Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson. And the WWI heroine, Edith Cavell who sheltered allied forces and helped over 200 people escape.

The Statue to Edith Cavell, Norwich, Norfolk, England
A statue of Nelson, Norwich, Norfolk, England

Poppy Line – Even if trains aren’t your thing, it is still a lovely sight, seeing a steam train passing through the countryside. The Sheringham to Holt Heritage railway is run by a very enthusiastic group of volunteers.

Coming into Holt Station, North Norfolk Road Trip, England, UK



Treasures


The piers – I love strolling along a pier, it seems a very British thing to do. People are always enjoying themselves and kids young & old just love the entertainment they bring.

Cromer Pier, Norfolk, England, Great Britain

Cromer Crab – Well you just couldn’t visit Cromer and not try the infamous Cromer Crab, could you?


Stick of Rock – Does a piece of candy sum up a seaside resort like a stick of pink rock, I couldn’t resist it and bought one for Gary from Great Yarmouth.

Great Yarmouth Rock, Norfolk, England, UK



What I would do differently


Stay longer – I know it’s a cliché but we were only in Norfolk for four nights, and there was certainly more to be discovered.



A funny moment


He wanted to do it, honestly – Make sure you get your photo taken at one of the traditional ‘head-in-the-hole’ boards, along the boardwalk of the pier. Loving the quiff…..

How strong is Gary, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, Great Britain

Goats – Yes goats, I certainly didn’t expect to see these little fellas, munching their way through the clifftop vegetation in Cromer. Apparently, they are Bagot goats!!!!

Do I see goats, Cromer, Norfolk, England, UK



A slight disappointment


Boat Trip on the Broads – The disappointment was we didn’t get a chance to cruise the infamous Broads. I think we’ll save this pleasure and hire a boat for a few days another time.

Wroxham on the Norfolk Broads, Norfolk, England, UK



Point of Note


Sandringham Estate – Is only open from around mid-April to mid-October, remember this regal retreat is still used by the Royal Family today. If you see our Queen at Christmas on TV, she’ll be at Sandringham



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About the Author

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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Norfolk, we have such fond memories was last modified: October 4th, 2017 by Janis