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West Norfolk and the Fens

About West Norfolk and the Fens

Start your West Norfolk adventure in King's Lynn where you’ll discover a town with a rich maritime heritage. Old riverside alleyways lined with timber-framed buildings surround you – visit the 17th century Custom House and Guildhalls to learn more of the intriguing history of this once famous port.

Set on the banks of the Great Ouse River, Downham dates back to Saxon times and is home to many historic buildings and an eclectic mix of craft markets, independent shops, cafes and restaurants. You can’t mistake the market place here with its strikingly majestic black and white clock.

Onward to the Fens, a natural landscape of around a million acres where you’ll find some of the finest medieval buildings in the country. The Fen villages and their churches are captivating. At Terrington St Clement, the parish church boasts the longest nave in the country and at Walpole St Peter, the church is known as the ‘Cathedral of the Fens’ for its grandeur and fine proportions.

If you’re a lover of wildlife a visit to the Welney Wetland Centre on the Ouse Washes, home to thousands of wildfowl, is a rewarding experience. In summer, there are guided walks and in winter, swans, wigeon and pochard descend on the reserve and the spectacular movement of thousands of geese to and from their feeding grounds is an inspiring sight.

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Brilliant Birdwatching in Norfolk

You don’t have to be an expert to have a memorable time visiting some of these Norfolk birdwatching destinations.

There’s so much to see and learn whilst having fun in the fascinating Norfolk surroundings – it’s a great day out for all the family.

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Norfolk’s Finest Fish and Chips

Whilst fine dining is perfect for special occasions, sometimes nothing can beat the Great British tradition of fish and chips. And nowhere does it better than Norfolk.

Eat al fresco, perched on the sea wall enjoying the sights and sounds of the harbour or settle down indoors and soak up the atmosphere of a bustling fish and chip emporium.

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Norfolk’s Finest Restaurants

From the humble ploughman’s lunch to exquisite fish, meat, game or vegetarian dishes, the culinary bar is being raised as Norfolk chefs vie with each other to impress and win new customers.

With advice from our local experts we’re pleased to share some of the best dining destinations for you to enjoy during your visit to Norfolk.

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Norfolk’s Best Historic Attractions

Norfolk is hard to beat for heritage experiences.

From the majesty of Sandringham to the imperious Norwich Castle, there are plenty of places to educate and enthral. Come and visit this great county and let Norfolk amaze you.

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Norfolk’s Best Beaches

The beaches in Norfolk are a match for anywhere in the world.

Often deserted in winter, early spring and late autumn – these are the times to appreciate the Norfolk coast’s magnificent solitude.

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Norfolk’s Best Bike Rides

Norfolk is a perfect place for family cycling holidays or long weekends – with plenty of country lanes, coastal trails and enchanting byways to explore.

With gentle terrain, even cycling novices will find the going easy in Norfolk, and with so much natural beauty and places of interest at every turn, there’s never a need to rush.

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Wonderful Waterfront Pubs

Pubs have always been right at the heart of British communities and this is certainly true in rural Norfolk.

With its long coastline and inland waterways, it’s no surprise that many traditional pubs are found in scenic waterside settings.

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Wild Days Out in Norfolk

Norfolk is a fantastic place for family days out with a great choice of wildlife parks, nature trails, boat trips and more.

Round up your family and head for one of Norfolk’s many brilliant attractions and enjoy a wild day out.

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