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The 15 best hotels in Norfolk

Norfolk’s major selling point is undoubtedly its magnificent north coast, especially the beaches, salt marshes and tiny harbours that extend westwards from Cley-next-the -Sea. Lacking large resorts, this is an appealing area of picture-postcard villages where most visitors come to sail, walk or go birdwatching. The county capital, Norwich, with its Norman castle and cathedral, narrow lanes and plethora of medieval churches, is another prime attraction. Elsewhere, the first class wildlife and delightful villages and churches of the Norfolk Broads in the county’s north-east ensure that visitors can do much more than just pootle along the waterways on a boating holiday or enjoyable day boat trip from cheesy but cheerful Wroxham. As a rule, most Norfolk accommodation veers towards the traditional and comfortable rather than the modern and hip, with small, friendly independent hotels, B&Bs and pubs reflecting the wonderfully peaceful nature of this timeless county. The selection below offers our choice of some of the very places to stay in it.

The 13 best things to do in Norfolk

When the UK sun emerges, most people think of Cornwall and Brighton—but, with its authentic coastal charm, natural beauty and wealth of local produce serving cosy English pubs, the best things to do in Norfolk should be talked about more often. In any weather, the Norfolk coast is a looker. You’ll find everything here: from an old-school pier and a traditional British circus to vast fields of purple heather and hidden sandy paths. Time to book your trip. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.