Short breaks in Norfolk can be filled with endless tourist attractions and sights to see. The stunning countryside and coast of North Norfolk has long been admired by ornithologists, artists and photographers.

Norfolk is home to the lovingly preserved North Norfolk railway. The coastal railway, also known as the Poppy Line because of the flowers that bloom along the track, operates both steam and historic diesel engines and connects the town of Sheringham to Weybourne and Holt. Further afield, there is the Bure valley railway with a steam train that tootles along the track and the restored mid-Norfolk railway also operates steam-hauled excursions.

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Nostalgia and history buffs will be enchanted by Holkham Hall, a grand Palladian mansion with an ornate interior and a museum of times past. The medieval ruins of Walsingham Abbey, with a long history as a destination for pilgrims, are set in 18 acres of woodland, with beautiful gardens that are famous for the display of snowdrops during February.

The National Trust is responsible for elegant Felbrigg Hall. Both its opulence and homeliness is a source of fascination to visitors. Sandringham House and Gardens, the country retreat of the Queen, and the iconic Norwich cathedral are also rich in historical and architectural interest.

By choosing to stay at hotels like the George Hotel at Cley, you will be ideally placed to experience the most interesting attractions the area has to offer. Many of the rooms at the George, that was the site of the inaugural meeting of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, overlook Cley marshes, the oldest and most well-known RSPB reserve. Here, you are ideally placed to see migrating wildfowl, waders and rarities such as the marsh harrier, bittern and bearded tit.

After a day exploring Norfolk’s many delights, return to comfortable accommodation in this tranquil, dog-friendly hotel, where guests can relax by an open log fire during autumn and winter. The restaurant serves seasonal produce and local game. There are plenty of local Norfolk ales on offer and an extensive list of fine wines. The George Hotel at Cley is perfect for a relaxing and restorative short break on the North Norfolk Coast.

Sources:

Stately Homes, Castles and Gardens to Visit in Norfolk , hha.org.uk

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