Area guide

Noël Coward may have called it flat, but Norfolk is a county of enormous contrasts.

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Our Norfolk area guide contains all the important information you’ll need to know about living in the area. From schools and property prices through to transport links and leisure, our local guide will give you the insight into just what the county has to offer.

It has wonderful huge open spaces, big skies, the watery charm of the Norfolk Broads, the dense forests of Breckland, the vast wilderness of the beaches of Holkham and Brancaster on the north coast, the sheer cliffs at Cromer, little flint villages and a seal colony at Blakeney Point. Then there is the wonderful cathedral city of Norwich, well known for its university, football club and annual arts festival and as a world leader in agri-science.

Nelson’s county isn’t on the way to anywhere, doesn’t have a motorway, and is one of the few unspoilt counties left in England. People used to buy second homes and enjoy its time-forgot quality but now around two thirds of buyers are incomers who want to live here, work from home and maybe pop down to London one day a week. Our hottest spot is Burnham Market, known as Chelsea-on-Sea.

Strutt & Parker’s Norwich office covers the whole of Norfolk, which is still very affordable compared to any Home County; you can get 20%-50% more house for your money.

Things to do in Norfolk

The unspoilt nature of the Norfolk countryside, coupled with its extensive coastline and one of the UK’s 10 national parks, the Broads, Norfolk has an enormous breadth of fascinating wildlife to be discovered.

Wonderful wildlife
Known as the birdwatching capital of Britain, it is home to the swallowtail butterfly, the Chinese Water Deer and a vast number of seals which can be seen basking in the sun at Blakeney Point.

Beautiful beaches
Norfolk’s 100 miles of coastline provides a number of popular seaside resorts including Sheringham, Great Yarmouth and Cromer. The beaches that stretch along the coast provide an ideal spot for horse riding and the coastal path, running from Hunstanton to Cromer, through an area of outstanding natural beauty, is just one of many long distance walking routes in Norfolk. The Norfolk Broads are a series of rivers and broads (lakes) which provide fantastic opportunities for both fishing and boating.

Food & Drink
From restaurants serving the finest fresh seafood, to rural country pubs pouring locally brewed ale, Norfolk has an array of drinking and dining options to suit almost anyone’s needs. For food fans, the town of Norwich has an excellent selection of restaurants, ranging from formal fine-dining to charming tea rooms, whilst you’ll find plenty of welcoming pubs in nearly any town or village across the county.

Why we love Norfolk

Norfolk has nearly 100 miles of fantastic coastline full of seabirds and big skies.

The abundance of churches (the highest concentration of any county).

The woodland and trees - ancient parkland trees and Thetford Forest, the largest lowland forest in the country.

It’s one of the driest counties in the UK.

The historic cathedral city of Norwich the regional centre of East Anglia.

Norfolk is ideal for:

  • Family holidays
  • Birdwatching
  • A relaxed way of life
  • Boating and fishing
  • Great fresh seafood

Our Norwich office team recommend the following:

  • Best restaurant: The Last Wine Bar, Norwich
  • Best pub/bar: Walpole Arms, Itteringham
  • Best annual event: Royal Norfolk Show
  • A walk from Overstrand to Cromer along the beach on a low tide and back along the cliff tops following a footpath through Cromer golf course

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Properties for sale in Norfolk

Key villages & towns in Norfolk

Schools in the area

There is an array of impressive schools in Norfolk, with a good mixture of highly reputable state and independent educational facilities across the county.

Norfolk is home to some excellent state schools: Blofield Primary, 7 miles east of Norwich, has been judged very good; St Martin at Shouldham Primary in King’s Lynn and Brisley Primary in Dereham both have lots of outstanding aspects. For secondary schools, the picture is very similar; Notre Dame High School in Norwich and Framlingham Earl High School in the outskirts are both very good and the Roman Catholic Hobart High School in Loddon is outstanding.

In terms of independent schools, Thetford Grammar gets excellent exam results, and Wymondham College also gets good reviews. Both Norwich School and Norwich High School for Girls are considered to be very good. Other well recommended schools include Breckland Park School in Swaffham, Beeston Hall near Cromer and Gresham’s School in Holt.

For a more comprehensive list of schools in the area we recommend the Good Schools Guide.

Transport links

By train

There are good train links with London: from Norwich a twice hourly service to Liverpool Street takes just under two hours and a direct service twice hourly takes you from Diss in just over 90 minutes. To Cambridge, hourly services take an hour and twenty minutes from Diss and Norwich and an hour from Wymondham. Trains from Diss to Norwich are twice hourly, taking 20 minutes and from Wymondham are hourly, taking 15 minutes.

By train

There are no motorways in Norfolk but the M11 at Cambridge (an hour and half from Norwich) connects to London. From Norwich, the rest of Norfolk is generally very accessible, with A-roads linking Norwich fairly directly with Aylsham, Wymondham and Diss and a direct B-road to Holt.

With a gorgeous coastline, unique local wildlife and cosy pubs and restaurants you’ll never be short of things to do in Norfolk.