Home to the Queen’s country retreat, Norfolk hosts an abundance of mediaeval churches, long country roads and wonky cottages. It’s no secret that Nelson’s county is full of beautiful villages, so here are 7 of the most picturesque villages to visit this summer.
We couldn’t make a list of the top picturesque Norfolk villages without including Well-next-the-Sea. Visitors are welcomed with the perfect balance of seaside buzz, quirky shops and woodland walks. Running just under a mile, you can jump on the Wells harbour railway that will take you from town to beach on a Guinness world record holding miniature railway that operates throughout the summer months.
The unspoilt market town of Aylsham offers residents and visitors a wide range of traditional shops and pubs, allowing you to enjoy a taste of the relaxed country lifestyle. You’ll also find a host of historic buildings and countryside to explore and traditional country pubs to eat, drink and stay.
Nestled quietly in the Norfolk countryside, Reepham’s 18th century charm has plenty to offer, including pretty cottages and traditional country pubs and shops. Today, the market town holds a country market on Wednesday mornings, as well as frequent antiques fairs.
Arguably the most glamourous of Norfolk’s villages, Burnham Market is a very popular, leafy village that has an abundance of independent shops, eateries and hotels. Perfect for short breaks and holidays, visitors will get to explore stunning coastlines and charming cottages during their stay or visit.
Looking to spend a day on the broads? Look no further. Horning offers visitors the perfect hub to relax and explore the outstanding natural beauty of the Norfolk broads national park. Whether you’re just passing through by boat, or staying firmly on land, you’ll find endless waterside pubs, tea-rooms, and boat trips to enjoy during your visit.
Another area of outstanding natural beauty, Blakeney sits between the popular seaside towns of Well-next-to-sea and Sheringham and offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy another unspoilt North Norfolk coastline and take in breathtaking views and wildlife including seals and migratory birds.
If you are wanting to enjoy a day on the high street, then Holt is a must-see. The charming Georgian town of Holt is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque villages in Norfolk. Just a short drive from the North Norfolk coast, you’ll find a wide range of quirky, independent shops and places to eat that are tucked away in charming courtyards and alleyways.
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