The view along the Esplanade at Cromer with the beautiful glow of dusk over the North Norfolk coastline

Norfolk, we have such fond memories

In Counties, En-Route, Memories, Norfolk, Our Journeys, Trip-Types, UK Travel by Janis2 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.

Looking down on the entrance to the illuminated Cromer Pier.

All quiet on the Cromer pier

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.

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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.

The view from Erpingham Gate to the Cathedral under stormy skies

Through Erpingham Gate to the Cathedral, Norwich, Norfolk, Engla


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 rear of Sandringham House across the well-manicured lawns, under blue skies, on a beautiful day in Norfolk.

Sandringham House


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 Hunstanton under a deep blue sky with lush green vegetation in the foreground

The shoreline at Hunstanton

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, with the golden sands in the foreground.

The Britannia Pier, Great Yarmouth



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.

Small boats on the sand at Wells-next-the-Sea at low-tide under a beautiful blue sky in Norfolk

Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk


Cromer

While Yarmouth brought back childhood memories Cromer ‘Gem of the Norfolk Coast’, has the traditional old-school feel of promenading along the seafront.
The view along the Esplanade at Cromer with the beautiful glow of dusk over the North Norfolk coastline

Sunset over Cromer


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?
A plate of Fish 'n' Chips at No1, Cromer, with a generous portion of battered cod atop golden chips, garnished with a lemon and a sprig of parsley

Fish 'n' Chips at No1 Cromer


Lanes in Norwich

Strolling through the historical cobbled lanes of Norwich was like stepping back in time, fantastic little buildings and quirky boutiques.
Elm Hill, a cobbled street in the Tombland district of Norwich

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 Art Deco Royal Arcade in Norwich, with its pretty mosaic tiled floor and lanterns suspended from an iron and glass vaulted ceiling.

Inside the Royal Arcade, Norwich


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.

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A stone pillar, topped with a bust of Edith Cavell, stands as a memorial to her bravery, in front of the walls of Norwich Cathedral in Norfolk

The memorial to Edith Cavell, Norwich

A stone statue of Lord Horatio Nelson in the grounds of Norwich Cathedral

A statue of Nelson, Norwich


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.
A blue steam locomotive, number 564, pulling into Holt station on the  North Norfolk Railway line.

Coming into Holt Station


Further reading

If you're intrigued by Norfolk, a UK county with an interesting past, then why not check out  "The Little Book of Norfolk".  Full of facts and obscure information. It's a fun read on the region.

You can pick it up for your Kindle or in good old hardcover. (Depending on region)


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.
An off-centre view of Cromer Pier from the coastal path on a beautiful sunny day with blue skies.  You can clearly see the wrought-iron framework and the Pavillion Theatre at the end

Cromer Pier


Cromer Crab

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

A refrigerated stall selling freshly boiled and dressed Cromer crabs outside a shop in Cromer.

Cromer crabs


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.
A stick of pink rock confectionery, still wrapped, from Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth Rock


Escape for a few days

Are you searching for a tranquil hideaway to unwind in, while you explore the picturesque Norfolk landscape?

After a day visiting the golden beaches or touring the charming, quaint villages return to one of the handpicked properties and unique retreats at Holiday Cottages.

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.

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…..

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Gary posing through a strongman cutout on the Britannia Pier, Great Yarmouth

How strong is Gary, Great Yarmouth


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!!!!
Long-horned goats grazing on the grassy of the west cliff in Cromer

Do I see goats, Cromer


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.
Pleasure boats navigating the Norfolk Broads at Wroxham, Norfolk

Wroxham on the Norfolk Broads


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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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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Comments

  1. Great notes from a corner of England that I didn’t know about before!

    1. Thanks Kyle, Norfolk is a lovely part of the UK, we were only there a few days, but it has a little something for everyone, it can be like stepping back in time in places.Happy Travels Janis & Gary

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