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At The Cliff Hotel, Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth

Explore Norfolk and discover a county with beautiful forest, heath and fens, picturesque walking routes, unique historic sites, village greens, winding lanes, woodlands, owls, hares and deer.

The coast may be an obvious holiday destination but never overlook our county’s splendour. The countryside offers ultimate conditions for cycling and walking including the Peddar’s Way, Marriot’s Way and Boudicca Way. Choose from leisurely walks to serious treks, explore the market towns of Bungay, Beccles, Diss, Harleston, Loddon and Wymondham. 

Take the time to explore, grab a snack or some lunch, or stock up on some delicious food for home at Norwich Market. Situated in the heart of Norwich on Gentleman’s Walk, Norwich Market is open Monday to Saturday. As one of the largest and oldest open-air markets in the country, its rich heritage and traditional appearance is sure to charm you. Browse through the stalls and you will find a fantastic range of goods and services; whether you’re after clothes, household goods, flowers or children’s toys. Stalls also sell a delicious range of quality local food including meat and fish, freshly baked bread, jam and chutneys plus a wide range of cheeses. Norwich Market has it all.

Norfolk has simply stunning countryside, punctuated with traditional windmills, miles of rolling green fields, quintessential villages in all shapes and sizes and lovely market towns.

Great Yarmouth has a fine tradition of flint-knapped Medieval churches, as well as windmills and windpumps. You will find plenty of these dotted about, as well as thatched-roof cottages, village duck ponds, villages fêtes and summer festivals. Local villages and towns found in gentry-rolling Norfolk countryside are perfect for exploring on foot or in your car.  

Time and Tide in Great Yarmouth is set in one of the UK’s best preserved Victorian Herring curing works, and tells the story of Great Yarmouth from its Ice Age origins to the present day. Experience the heady atmosphere of a 1950’s fish wharf and take the wheel of a steam drifter. Hear gripping tales of wreck and rescue and meet some of the colourful characters who made their living from the sea. Explore the original smokehouses where the lingering aroma of smoked fish is a reminder of times gone by.

 An area of outstanding natural beauty is the breath-taking Broadlands and Broads. A national park with over 125 miles of navigable lock-free waterways set in beautiful countryside and with many charming and picturesque towns and villages. Thousands of visitors every year sail through the Broads National Park winding through the borough of Great Yarmouth. The big skies and sparkling landscape of marshland fields, feathery reeds and tangled woodlands are a perfect canvas for adventure and relaxation. A must visit during your stay.

After a busy day exploring the idyllic Norfolk countryside, there is no better place to return to than the charming and picturesque Cliff Hotel. Overlooking the award-winning Gorleston beach, you will be greeted with a warm, friendly atmosphere, top-class cuisine and luxury accommodation. The perfect end to a day of exploring the countryside.