Head to Norfolk within the East of England for the perfect short break destination staying in North Norfolk’s Cley-next-the-Sea, a pretty village on the edge of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty known for its birdwatching and top nature reserves. The pretty village boasts some impressive architecture including Georgian or Flemish designs. Here you’ll find heritage buildings that each tale a story of Cley’s important past. In Cley’s narrow and winding streets, visitors will find a popular hotel near Holt, a large church, and an old windmill among others.

The village centre itself has an interesting mix of shops to explore, these include the Picnic Fayre Delicatessen and Cley Smokehouse. The village also comprises some wonderful art galleries, such as Made in Cley which showcase the work for several local artisans ranging from pottery, jewellery, prints, and sculpture.

Beside the village green is the well-known historical landmark, the 13th century Church of St. Margaret of Antioch, which continues to serve local parishioners. Don’t miss Cley Windmill, the village’s most iconic landmark and surely one of Norfolk’s most photographed buildings.

The Cley Marshes

Cley Marshes, one of the foremost birdwatching sites in the UK, is a vast landscape of freshwater pools, reed beds and grazing marshes, the perfect habitat for a wide range of different species of birds. The Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT) operates the reserve which includes a popular Visitor and Education Centre, with a convenient viewing area for birdwatchers and visitors.

Whilst this part of North Norfolk offers wonderful wildlife experiences all year round, winter is a particularly special time of the year to visit to witness some of the very best birdwatching experiences, migration, and breeding.

When making your choice of where to stay it is recommended that you consider some of the best hotels near Holt like The George Hotel at Cley. The George offers great value, comfortable guest accommodation with rooms that overlook the remarkable Cley Marshes, convenient for birdwatchers as well as for those who just want to sit back and admire the view.

The RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) provides guidelines for birdwatching to ensure that habitats are protected. Both the RSPB and North Norfolk encourages visitors to be responsible when visiting to ensure that the natural habitat and environment can be enjoyed now and for many years to come. Help keep North Norfolk special, after all, memories are made in Norfolk.


An Introduction to the Norfolk Coast. Tournorfolk.co.uk

Cley Marshes Nature Reserve. Wildlifeextra.com

The George Hotel has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor.