North West Norfolk - Things To Do
From the charm of Hunstanton to the elegance of picturesque Burnham Market, the North West Norfolk coast is full of different character wherever you turn. This diversity is reflected in the plentiful amount of places to visit during a cottage holiday. The coastline and countryside of north-west Norfolk offer a wonderful mix of history, heritage and family fun. A favourite among Royalty as well as locals, this is a region thats both authentic and well connected... if you havent yet discovered it, what are you waiting for?
Head along this coast and you will find Old Hunstanton, one of those villages which, once visited, will feel like an old and familiar favourite for years to come. Here youll find more spotless sands, plus a collection of coloured beach huts and views of the famous striped cliffs which show an amazing slice of Britains history white chalk from the Upper Cretaceous era forms the top layer, followed by a layer of limestone known as red chalk formed over a period of 15 million years and, finally, beneath is the grey-green carrstone so characteristic of buildings locally.
Inland, Burnham Market is a good place to play Spot The Celebrities while you shop for designer goods and accessories. It is a beautiful village thats known locally as Chelsea-on-Sea! There are upmarket shops and contemporary galleries line a well-kept central swathe of green, offering the perfect complement to the traditional stores which provide all the necessities of everyday life.
Then there is of course The Royal Sandringham Estate that is a regular base for the Royal Family especially over the festive period. The house and grounds are open to the public at selected times and the parkland surrounding the estate is amazing with wide tree lined roads and deep woodland with occasional views over The Wash.
Just a short drive from Sandringham, children will love exploring Castle Rising. The stone keep, built in around 1140AD, is amongst the finest surviving examples of its kind anywhere in the country and, together with the massive surrounding earthworks, ensures that Rising which in its time has served as a hunting lodge and Royal residence is a castle of national importance.
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