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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Historic Site
“Good place to visit both inside and out. Bicycles can be hired to ride around the park.”
  • 59 locals recommend
“Interesting little museum. I love it because the Norman keep is intact and has its roof - a rare thing for a castle!”
  • 41 locals recommend
“Home to the Queen beautiful parkland to see deer and wildlife lovely restaurant for lunch and teas”
  • 32 locals recommend
“If you are going to Norwich City Centre a must place to visit. Very beautiful ”
  • 38 locals recommend
“Pensthorpe Rd, Fakenham NR21 0LN Pensthorpe Natural Park aims to inspire every generation by offering something for the whole family - from young children through to grandparents and everything in between. Pensthorpe offers a variety of activities and experiences that bring you closer to nature and allows you to explore the 700 acre reserve as a family. There are fascinating conservation projects you can discover including red squirrels, corncrakes, cranes and turtle doves; 5 stunning gardens, some of which are designed by renowned landscape designers and are home to a secret sculpture trail and; unique to Pensthorpe, 4 varied habitats including wetlands, woodlands, grasslands and farmland which each attract their own intriguing species. After exploring the further reaches of the reserve families can enjoy the award winning outdoor and indoor adventure play areas, WildRootz and Hootz House. There is enough here to keep everyone active and on a journey of discovery together for a whole day.”
  • 47 locals recommend
“A National Trust property that offers beautiful walks, including all around the lake, the Orangerie, the kitchen walled gardens and the stone mausoleum.”
  • 45 locals recommend
“Lovely old stately home with great grounds to walk your pooch. Nice cafe and a visitors shop. Always got events going on throughout the year. A must visit”
  • 31 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“A mystical land populated by brave, adventurous creatures – including Crocklebrogs, Twiggles and Boggles. With parents encouraged to explore alongside their children, a visit to BeWILDwerwood is sure to be enjoyable for adventurers of all ages. This award winning forest of family fun and outdoor adventure truly is a must visit if you're anywhere near Hoveton. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
“The Theatre Royal Norwich is an art deco theatre and has been part of Norwich for over 250 years. It holds a variety of shows throughout the year including a traditional Christmas panto. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
“When in Norfolk you must go to the Broads. Lots of places to eat and drink. Great walks! Why not hire a boat for a few hours or the day and lazily travel along the Broads. Perfect way to spend a summers day”
  • 31 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“Not just a cinema! Cinema city has a great restaurant and bar, and is ideal for pre-movie drinks and food”
  • 29 locals recommend
“Book a table, check-out Desmond's 'brow and tuck-in to some of the best grub in Norfolk. A good spot to park the car and enjoy a gentle stroll over to Blakeney, and back to Wiveton again.”
  • 32 locals recommend
“Houghton, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE31 6UE One of the finest Palladian Houses in this country. Built-in the 1720s, for Sir Robert Walpole, Britain's First Prime Minister. It is a showcase of the work of architects James Gibbs and Colen Campbell complemented by the richly ornamented interiors of William Kent and furnished to reflect Walpole's growing wealth and power. The Hall is currently the home of the 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley, Walpole's descendent, and his family. Situated in traditional parkland, Houghton is home to a spectacular herd of white fallow and other exotic deer. Displayed in the grounds is an impressive collection of contemporary sculptures by world-renowned artists including works by James Turrell, Richard Long, Stephen Cox, Anya Gallaccio, Stephen Cox, Jeppe Hein, Rachel Whiteread, Phillip King and Henry Moore. The award-winning 5-acre Walled Garden includes a spectacular double-sided herbaceous border, a formal rose parterre, a Mediterranean garden, and a kitchen garden with arches and espaliers of apples and pears. There are also glasshouses, antique statues, fountains, Stephen Cox's Flask II, Jeppe Hein's Waterflame and Sir Richard Long's Houghton Cross. The Stables contain a range of original wooden stalls and tack and harness room. There is a fully-licensed café, Gift Shop and a Soldier Museum, which holds The Cholmondeley Collection of Soldiers one of the largest private collections in the world, with 20,000 models displayed.”
  • 20 locals recommend
“Beautiful unspoilt walks . Great views . Excellent for azaleas and rhododendrons in spring . Good autumn colours . Hard pathways for clean walking if required . ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Place to shop
“ Norwich Market (also known as Norwich Provision Market) is an outdoor market consisting of around 200 stalls in central Norwich, England. Founded in the latter part of the 11th century to supply Norman merchants and settlers moving to the area following the Norman conquest of England, it replaced an earlier market a short distance away. It has been in operation on the present site for over 900 years.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“A short 15 minute drive away from Holt you will find the incredible, natural, and very beautiful, Blakeney Point. Created by longshore drift across the River Glaven , Blakeney point is a 4-mile spit of flint-derived shingle and sand dunes. Blakeney is perhaps most famous as a viewing place to see the seals, regular boat tours are available and leave from Morston Quay daily. ”
  • 22 locals recommend

Top restaurants

“Main Road, Brancaster Staithe, King's Lynn PE31 8BJ Voted the nation’s favourite family pub, our 18th century village local on the Norfolk coast serves real ales from our microbrewery Brancaster Brewery, home cooked wholesome food, great pub clasics including Jolly Smokehouse specials, local seafood, stone baked pizzas and ice cream from a garden beach hut (and not forgetting the largest selection of rum on the coast!) Families, muddy or sandy boots and muddy paws welcome in our pub which is at the heart of village life in scenic North Norfolk, just across the road from Brancaster Staithe harbour and beach. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
“good pub nice food and close to the seal trips you can book them here with Temples ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Fish & Chips Shop
“Awesome fish and chips and anything else you can imagine made with fish and a fryer.”
  • 17 locals recommend
“Local award winning pub. On the first sunday of the month you can catch Sally singing in the afternoon. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Genuinely fresh and local seafood. Try the Cromer crab salad with a glass of chilled Norfolk wine. Here you will find the best chips - both skinny and chunky - for miles around. Children will love the fishcakes and the sparkly elderflower juice; and are free to run wild on the green.”
  • 18 locals recommend
“so close by - perfect after a day on the beach! dog and family friendly too!”
  • 8 locals recommend
“Award winning Pub/Restaurant, delicious food, locally sourced. Enjoy a candlelit supper, or leisurely lunch on the patio, with views of St Mary's church and the Glaven Valley. Five minutes walk from The Garden Flat.”
  • 12 locals recommend
“This is master chef Galton Blackiston's foray into 'street food' and boy is it good. There's a fish restaurant on the ground floor and a bistro upstairs - both top-notch.”
  • 14 locals recommend

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