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3 days in Norfolk early February -- all suggestions welcome

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3 days in Norfolk early February -- all suggestions welcome

Hello - we are spending 4 nights in Norfolk (staying in Norwich with a rented car) hoping to get an overview of the area. Any help with towns or pubs or restaurants we should visit to get a glimpse of the area. What food? anything special we should do? Would love to experience the Broads but think it is too cold for a boat ride -- any suggestions of where we might be able to view some of the waterways from dry land. We have no problem driving any distance really -- maybe Northwards one days and Southwards another? Any ideas you might have will be great - thank you

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1. Re: 3 days in Norfolk early February -- all suggestions welcome

You say you think it will be too cold for a boat ride

BUT you don't say when your visit is planned for!!!

Norfolk has some good sites to visit, Holkham Hall, Sandringham, Norfolk Broads (of course)! Norwich with it's lovely Cathedral and some pretty mediaeval streets.

Amazing beaches particularly at Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea and even Hunstanton have much to recommend them.

This website from the official Local Tourist Centres will give you a bunch of ideas:

http://www.visitnorwich.co.uk/

http://www.visitnorfolk.co.uk/

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2. Re: 3 days in Norfolk early February -- all suggestions welcome

Thanks for your prompt reply -- great to be able to start making notes for our trip with your recommendations. Early February is when we will be there. I am particularly interested in getting a nice overview of the broads -- any suggestions of a town or pub where we could sit and just watch?/

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3. Re: 3 days in Norfolk early February -- all suggestions welcome

You can get by quite easily without a car by using the Coasthopper bus service, which connnects King's Lynn with Cromer via Hunstanton, Wells and Sheringham. Plenty of places to alight and walk sections of the Norfolk Coast Path.

You'll really need a car to see the broads though. Major centres like Wroxham and Potter Heigham can be visited easily as they are on main roads, but the are lots of places which are much more rural. Neatishead, Barton Tury, Sutton Staithe, Hickling and Coltishall are all examples.

Two small towns are worth a visit, althiough they may not be to everyone's taste - Holt and Burnham Market. And note that the beach at Old Hunstanton is much preferable to the main Hunstanton beach in the town.

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4. Re: 3 days in Norfolk early February -- all suggestions welcome

Well it does depend how cold it gets! the broads could of course freeze.

I would also suggest a drive along the North Norfolk coast from Hunstanton to Caister, dropping off anywhere you fancy....

The Red Lion in Stiffkey is good for a spot of lunch..... but there are many others. Moreston, particularly the National trust site is great, with a boat trip to see the seals if it is not too cold, (Check times on Bean's boats)

Blakeney is also worth a look.... as well as the various 'Burnhams' and a number of RSPB sites if that is your thing. A short walk from Blakeney to the windmill at Cley is very pretty (or vice versa~ Check the wind direction and perhaps walk with the wind behind you as it seems like it can cut you in half sometimes!! Don't worry too much about the car, you can easily walk along the coast path for a few miles and jump on the hopper bus back.

Enjoy your trip!

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5. Re: 3 days in Norfolk early February -- all suggestions welcome

I would recommend combining Holt, Sheringham and Cromer as a trip for one day, theNorth Norfolk coast is beautiful in any weather.

For the broads, try Wroxham, the town is garish, but thats your best chance of a boat trip in February, many boats lie up for the winter. The cold should not be a problem, most boats are covered in and heated, like a bus.

Fauiling that Reedham, for the ferry, is an interesting option.

I would reccomend getting OS map no 134 - Norwich and the Broads. and possibly also 133 - North east Norfolk.

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6. Re: 3 days in Norfolk early February -- all suggestions welcome

Boat trips - some hire companies close for two or three months at this time of year, but there will be one or two open - best to get phone numbers using google and give them a bell. In particular ask if they have a 'picnic' boat for hire. These will have an on-board toilet, and probably a couple of gas rings, also some heating. The Broads don't normally freeze up unless it's really severe cold weather.

Norfolk has it's own whisky distillery - google 'St Georges'.

Consider eating one evening at The Waffle House in Norwich, also a morning coffee At Caley's in the Guildhall - except don't have coffee, have a hot chocolate with rum! Caley's are a local chocolate maker. Also Waterstones Book store has an excellent coffee shop - try one of their eccles cakes with morning coffee!

Pubs in Broadland tend to cater for boating holiday makers through the summer, in February there won't be overmuch happening on the water - usually it's just the dedicated fishermen who are afloat at that time of the year. Hotel Wroxham (in Wroxham!) has a reasonable lounge that overlooks the river, but there won't overmuch to see.

If you want to try a country pub with excellent food 7 days a week, try the Cock Tavern at Cantley, 95% of the food is prepared and cooked on the premises, no bought-in stuff. Also they've probably 70-80 different malts behind the bar, but you'll have to argue about who drives back! Don't try a walk-in there, it's busy and booking is essential, even midday!

Wroxham has 'Roy's' a group of stores that describes itself as 'the biggest village store in the world'. A few miles away at Potter Heigham, also on part of the Broads, is Lathams, a large and rather jumbled discount store.

Norwich has two large cathedrals, RC and Anglican. It's also a delightful city in its own right, there's plenty to see and do, but somehow without the rush and tear of most big cities.

You should be able to find pretty all you want on what people have said using google or TA.

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7. Re: 3 days in Norfolk early February -- all suggestions welcome

The Flying Kiwis' pubs are really good and driving along the coast you will be able to find several.

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8. Re: 3 days in Norfolk early February -- all suggestions welcome

I just lost a huge reply that I had given to the OP thanks to Orange and ongoing broadband issues. Anyway that is a different story.

I would suggest Hickling and Ranworth Broads certainly for a day trip. The visitor centres may not be open in February but this won't stop you seeing the broads up close.

www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk/hickling.aspx

www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk/ranworth.aspx

The Maltsters is a nice pub right next to Ranworth Broad. We ate there in the summer on a visit to the Broad and the food is nice, not outstanding but might be an option for a lunch.

http://www.themaltsters.com

If you find yourself on the A140 heading to Cromer I always recommend the Hevingham Fox which was a standard village pub until the former owners of the Hainford Chequers took over and transformed it into a must eat place. This is no Michelen star restaurant, just good hearty home cooked food. It is insanely popular at weekends which shows that they are doing a good job.

Finally, don't forget spending some time in the Fine City itself. I normally recommend a minimum of two days to see Norwich especially if the Cathedral and Castle are on the itinerary. If you like your ale, there is a new pub opened called the Norwich Tap House which has obscure beers and lagers from smaller UK breweries and is well worth a visit (although not cheap). Great vibe especially at weekends.

This thread by StaffordJas started out as a hotel question but ended up with a nice trip report so might help with Norwich planning.

tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g186342-i920-k57…

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9. Re: 3 days in Norfolk early February -- all suggestions welcome

>>>BUT you don't say when your visit is planned for!!!

But the title of the topic is

>>>3 days in Norfolk early February

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10. Re: 3 days in Norfolk early February -- all suggestions welcome

Hi - thank you all for the recommendations -- will be great as I start to plan out a possible route - we just love the English country pub scene - especially with good home-made food.