Norfolk is becoming more and more popular with tourists from all over the Country. Why is this? Well, there are a number of reasons for this. HISTORY ~~~~~~~ If its history you want, then you can find it here. In Norwich there is plenty of this to be found. There is the castle, and goodness knows how many churches to visit. Great Yarmouth itself is historic with parts of the old town wall still standing. Grimes Graves is situated not far from Thetford. This is one of the world's oldest mining areas. The flint mines began 2000 BC, and was rediscovered in 1870, covering 34 acres of land! FUN AND NOISE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ If you want this, then again, Gt Yarmouth has this, along with other places along the coast like Lowestoft, Cromer, Hunstanton, and in Norwich there are plenty of pubs and nightclubs to visit. Whether you want to be by the coast, or in the town, there is always somewhere to have fun! RELAXATION ~~~~~~~~~~ Driving through the scenic countryside of Norfolk is peaceful, quiet and relaxing. Thetford Forest is the perfect place for this, with the wildlife and picnics, you could easily loose track of time. There are plenty of little villages to visit. Hingham, about 20 miles from Norwich, is where Abraham Lincoln once visited. The next town on to Hingham is Attleborough. This town is getting more and more with the times, with the opening of new supermarkets, and new houses being built all the time. Wymondham is a lovely little town, in which the 15th century Green Dragon pub still bears the scorch marks from the 1615 town fire! The Norfolk Broads is one of the most famous attractions with the Broads running through all parts of Norfolk from Norwich to Wroxham, to Great Yarmouth, and numerous little villages on the way where you can stop off and have a drink and a bite to eat. SHOPPING ~~~~~~~~ On the same route to Thetford, is also Snetterton Market, which is on a Sunday. T his has been running for years, and is one of the biggest markets I have ever come across! This makes a pleasent trip out on a Sunday, and fun too. Norwich has a big shopping mall, along with old cobbled lanes with quaint little shops down them. CONCLUSION ~~~~~~~~~~ Well, whatever it is you want, whether it be fun, drink and late nights. Or a walk in the countryside, a week on a boat, or just shopping around, then Norfolk is the place for you! There's something for everybody here, and whoever you are, wherever you come from, a good time you will have if you visit Norfolk!
Norfolk villages? There are over 700 of them! And the coastal resorts of Yarmouth, Cromer, Sheringham, Cley, Blakeney, the Burnhams &c vary so much from each other they might almost be in different countries. It's Yarmouth if you want amusement arcades, candy floss and plenty of nighttime entertainment; it's Cromer or Sheringham if you want a traditional English seaside resort with undulating hills just behind; it's Cley or Salthouse if you're a birder; it's Blakeney or the Burnhams (or the Broads)if you're a sailor. And I understand the golfing's pretty good, too. The trouble is, some people don't do their homework. I once met some people on holiday in Cromer who were full of complaints. "Cromer's no good - everything shuts about half past nine! Only one Indian! No, we won't be coming again." Well, Cromer's got two Indian restaurants now, but those people would obviously have been happier in Yarmouth; yet no guidebook I know of will have told them Cromer would be what they wanted. So why were they complaining? And as for the villages - well, if you like cycling (hundreds of miles of lanes!) or walking (plenty of footpaths, once F&M restirctions are over) or sailing or pottering around by car, there's a huge amount to see. Just remember that most Norfolk villages don't even have a shop these days! Outside the towns, you'll be lucky to find two pubs within walking distance of each other, but the ones that you do find will quite possibly be the nicest country pubs you could wish for! And Norfolk does rather well for historic houses, and exceedingly well for medieval churches (more than you'll find anywhere else). It's a pity that top-class concerts etc tend to be occasional rather than frequent (significant folk festival on Cromer pier, just once a year; internationally renowned musicians at Hingham, from time to time; and so on) - but you can't h ave everything. Well, not at once anyway. I grew up in London suburbs, and it took me a while to get used the idea that there might be space between the settlements, rather than each merging imperceptibly into the next. The villages and resorts of Norfolk still have a community identity, & it's worth exploring.