Short breaks in North Norfolk – our top picks

North Norfolk is the perfect place for a short break. There’s plenty to see and do, no matter what you’re interested in. Once you’re here, you won’t have to travel very far to experience a whole host of treats. From beautiful beaches to fabulous shopping, we’ve got it all.

We’re based in North Norfolk. All of our beautiful holiday cottages are in North Norfolk. So we consider ourselves pretty knowledgeable on the area. We’ve compiled some of our favourite things to see and do to help you make the most of a short break here. And the best bit? All of these things are within 30 minutes or so of all of our cottages!

If you love walking and nature…

…You’ll be spoilt for choice in North Norfolk! Our coast is some of the most spectacular in the country. We’ve got swathes of sand at Holkham and Wells-next-the-Sea. There’s an abundance of birdlife at Titchwell Marsh. And a boat trip to see the seals at Blakeney point is real treat.

The Norfolk Coast Path provides relatively easy walking along the coast. You can walk to your heart’s content, and then hop on the Coasthopper to get back to your starting point.

Sheringham Park is a beautiful place for a relaxing stroll. Visit during rhododendron season for a truly stunning display. Or explore the grounds of Holkham Hall to catch a glimpse of one of the many park deer.

If you love good food…

…You won’t be disappointed! For an indulgent treat, book a table at the Michelin Star restaurant at Morston Hall. Or try The White Horse at Brancaster for dining with a sea view. You won’t be surprised to find a great selection of fresh seafood – pop in to Cookies Crab Shop in Salthouse or Rocky Bottoms in West Runton.

To experience more fantastic local produce, we love Wiveton Hall Café – but it is closed during the winter season and can get very busy so it’s best to call ahead.

The beauty of a weekend break in a holiday cottage is that you can eat exactly what you want, when you want. Pop into the Blakeney Deli or Byfords in Holt to pick up some tasty local goodies and enjoy a feast in the comfort of your accommodation.

If you want to relax…

…You’ve come to the right place! Aside from the wonderful walking and the wealth of eateries there are plenty of other ways to while away a few hours. Why no visit quaint Burnham Market where you can browse in the independent shops, or even get a massage at The Hoste.

If retail therapy is your thing, head to Holt. There are some wonderful little shops and galleries including a good range of designer outfits for all occasions. A real hidden gem is Bayfield Hall Antiques, just outside Holt. Rumoured to be a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge, it’s a real treasure trove.

And no trip would be complete without a wonderful slice of cake in front of the wood burner at Wells beach café. Sheer bliss!

For a break with the children…

…Look no further than North Norfolk. If the sandy beaches aren’t enough, there are plenty of other things to keep the little ones entertained. Sticking by the coast, crabbing off Cromer Pier will keep them entertained for hours, or head to West Runton for rock pools galore.

Amazona Zoo in Cromer is a popular day out. As is Pensthorpe Natural Park where you’ll find plenty of ducks to feed, as well as one of the most amazing indoor and outdoor play facilities you’ve ever seen!

A train ride on the wonderfully scenic Poppyline is fun – you might even be lucky enough to catch the steam train! And if the weather’s not on your side, there’s always the pool at Splash Leisure Centre in Sheringham, or catch a show on Cromer Pier.

So, we hope that little round up of just a few highlights has inspired you to book a short break with us. A weekend in North Norfolk could be just the trip you deserve!


We have no official affiliation with any of the places mentioned in this article, we just like them and think you will too!