2022 North Norfolk & Norwich
4 daysNorth Norfolk is renowned for its spectacular coastline, fantastic wildlife, miles of glorious beaches, seaside communities and a beautiful hinterland of rolling countryside and picturesque market towns and villages. This brand new tour takes you on a discovery along part of the Deep History Coast where Norfolk was the last land link to the Continent in prehistoric times. Enjoy a ride on the Poppy Line, from the Georgian market town of Holt to seaside Sheringham as well as a day out in bustling Norwich with its magnificent cathedral and impressive Norman Castle. Round your Norfolk getaway with a visit to the spectacular Palladian Mansion at Holkham Hall (5-day tour only).
PRICE FROM ? £359 per person
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
ItineraryDay 1 After joining your holiday coach head to Ely, historic Fenland city and home to one of the most important cathedrals in England. Then it's off to Swaffham to check into your hotel for your 3 or 4 night stay. Dinner, bed & breakfast.
Day 2 - 4 At leisure with two or three included excursions
North Norfolk Heritage Coast (All tours)
Head to genteel Holt, a fabulously handsome market town which has become a mecca for discerning visitors looking for independent shops. Most of Holt was burned in its famous fire of 1708, and in its place rose a splendid Georgian town focusing on an appealing Market Place. From here you board the North Norfolk Railway, affectionately known as the 'Poppy Line' for the journey through the county's most stunning coastal scenery to the smart Victorian seaside resort of Sheringham. Continue to lovely Cromer, a classic Norfolk seaside resort. Cromer pier is home to a lifeboat station and the Pavilion Theatre, where the UK’s only remaining traditional end of the pier variety show takes place. The pier is an enduring example of Victorian architecture, having withstood many storms, tidal surges and even an attempt to blow it up by the Government in WW2 to prevent the pier being used as a landing strip for enemy invaders!
Market Day in Norwich (All tours)
Norwich is a wonderful fusion of the modern and historic, one complementing the other. Like any great city its centre is easy to walk around and has a river at its heart. As well as being the most complete medieval city in the UK, it has a flourishing arts, music and cultural scene, superb independent as well as High Street shopping, lively restaurants, bars and a heritage that is a delight to explore. It was also England's first UNESCO City of Literature – this is a city of stories! Norwich Market is an attractive and vibrant mix of food, crafts, flowers, services and much more. It is one of the oldest and largest outdoor markets in the country, trading daily except Sundays
Holkham Hall & Wells-next-the Sea (5 day tour only)
Holkham is home to a 25,000 acre estate on the north Norfolk coast, in which stands stately Holkham Hall, an 18th century Palladian house, home to the Earl of Leicester. Surrounding the house is rolling parkland with Fallow Deer and Red Deer. Discover the incredible art, architecture, furniture and history as well as the Walled Garden to see the vineyard, kitchen and cutting gardens. After you visit drive on to the pretty harbour town of Wells-next-the-Sea. Its harbour is sheltered by salt marshes from the open sea and was once one of the great ports of eastern England in Tudor times. Today the harbour is still used by sailing and crabbing boats and is overlooked by an imposing granary dating from 1904. Wells town has a leafy Georgian Square and on Staithe Street you'll find a mix of traditional and contemporary shops.
Day 5 After breakfast, return homewards with a stop in Newmarket, historic home of horseracing, arriving back at your local joining points early to mid-evening. Back to top
AccommodationThe George Hotel, Swaffham
This 3* former coaching inn hotel offers plenty of charm and character. Located in the town centre, it has a Georgian façade and a modern bedroom wing. There is a bar plus restaurant serving seasonal produce and comfortable, cosy bedrooms with TV, hairdryer and tea / coffee making facilities. No lift but some ground floor rooms (4 steps up and these rooms have shower over bath) Back to top