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  • Countryside A walk on the wild side
  • Country life Quiet and quirky

The famous Broads, the wild and wonder-filled beaches, the huge skies: Norfolk is a remote and inspiring corner of England, just a couple of hours from London.

This flat-as-a-pancake county is filled with historical houses and wild countryside, and criss-crossed with waterways. It also has perhaps the most fascinating, breathtaking and romantic coastline in the country.

Do go/Don’t go

Norfolk is among the sunniest and driest places in England – but it’s still in England, so there’s a chance of rain even in July.

Getting thereView map

  • Planes Gatwick and Heathrow are two or three hours away by train | via London. There’s also an airport at Norwich | with limited but occasionally handy connections (www.norwichairport.co.uk).
  • Trains Trains run from London King’s Cross to King’s Lynn twice an hour; the journey takes about 90 minutes. There’s a service from London Liverpool Street to Norwich every half hour or so, and the journey takes a couple of hours.
  • Automobiles Driving from London takes two or three hours, via the M11 and A11. Norfolk roads are pretty patchy and unhelpful, though (which at least helps keep the area quiet...). If you want to hire a car once you get to Norwich airport, Avis (www.avis.co.uk) have a car hire desk there.
  • Taxis Even outside train stations, it can be hard to find a cab. Ask your hotel for details of a good local company and book ahead.