West Norfolk has stunning nature reserves, Fens waterlands, glorious sandy beaches, the seaside resort of Hunstanton, and country homes including Sandringham, the Royal Family’s rural retreat and Houghton Hall, renowned for its art shows and installations.
The historic medieval port of King’s Lynn has a wealth of stunning buildings, heritage museums and attractions. On Purfleet Quay is the splendid 1683 Custom House, described by Pevsner as ‘one of the most perfect buildings ever built’, and now the tourist office.
Explore its maritime heritage in the many listed buildings, museums and medieval merchants’ homes along the cobbled streets and beside the atmospheric quays on the River Great Ouse that leads to The Wash and North Sea.
The classic seaside resort of Hunstanton has a large, award-winning, sandy beach with safe, shallow water that provides a vast playground, alongside all the traditional attractions of a great family resort. Here you’ll find some of the best conditions in the country for windsurfing, as well as kite-surfing, land boarding, sailing and water skiing.
West Norfolk borders the Wash, the UK’s most important estuary for wild birds and a site of international significance. The sheltered mudflats here provide a vast feeding ground for thousands of water birds from as far away as Greenland and Siberia.
The natural coastal landscape is an ideal habitat for many species of wintering wildfowl, summer breeding birds and migrants.