Norfolk offers vast beaches and traditional seaside resorts on its north coast, such as Cley and Wells; brightly coloured beach huts, fish and chip shops and of course fishmongers selling Cromer crabs.
A must-see for history buffs is the Queen's country estate at Sandringham and the Palladian mansion of Holkham Hall. There are many other English Heritage and National Trust properties to visit throughout the county, as well as nature reserves bustling with birdlife, and seal-watching boat trips from the coast.
The tranquil Norfolk Broads, dotted with windmills and resonating with birdsong, is worth exploring whether by boat, foot or bike. The pretty flint cottages synonymous with Norfolk are found in charming and upmarket villages like Burnham Market and Blakeney, while Norwich, with its 12th century castle, cathedral, lively market and independent shops, combines tradition, culture and shopping. Search for your perfect Norfolk holiday cottage here.