Norfolk is a county brimming with ancient history, natural beauty, and startling modernity. For a combination of culture and nature, nothing beats city breaks in Norfolk.
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City breaks in Norfolk centre on Norwich, the county's great city, where antiquity rubs shoulders with up-to-the-minute attractions. Nearby are the unspoilt beaches of Norfolk's north coast and the famous Norfolk Broads.
1. Norwich Castle
Explore a 900-year-old Norman palace, right in the centre of Norwich. It's a reminder of the city's ancient power. Today, the castle houses a fascinating gallery and museum packed with local history exhibits, fine art, and interactive displays.
2. Norwich Cathedral
This breathtaking building dates back to the 11th century. Make sure to look high up to the extraordinary ceiling, meticulously carved by hand. The 315ft spire, one of the tallest in England, is visible for miles around.
Norfolk's famous seaside is at is best in the enchanting town of Wells-next-the-Sea on the north coast. There's a small harbour with fishing boats, and the beach and its famous multicoloured bathing huts are a short walk away.
4. The Norfolk Broads
Britain's largest protected wetland hosts a wide variety of birds, and its pathways make for the perfect wildlife walk. Wroxham, just outside Norwich, is a great starting point. Boats are easily hired for those wanting to get on the water.
5. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
Designed by superstar architect Norman Foster, this eye-catching, ultra-modern gallery is on the campus of the University of East Anglia. While some travellers visit just to admire the architecture, the real treasures are inside. The extensive collection includes works by Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti, and Henry Moore.