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Welcome to Norfolk

Situated on the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and home to Naval Station Norfolk (the world’s largest naval base), one of the top things to do in Norfolk is explore the waterfront. Nauticus, a maritime discovery center, is a good place to get introduced—in addition to its nautical exhibitions, it hosts the USS Wisconsin, the last battleship constructed in the US. Things culminate each year at Harborfest in June, which offers tall ships, live performances, and all-you-can-eat blue crab. For a cultural break, venture to the Chrysler Art Museum and historical neighborhoods such as Ghent.

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USS Wisconsin

Experience military and maritime history aboard the USS Wisconsin, one of the biggest battleships ever built. Having been through three wars, “Wisky” now serves as a floating museum docked next to the Nauticus Maritime Center in Norfolk.More
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What is Norfolk, England, known for?

On England’s North Sea coast, low-lying Norfolk is green with sweeping sandy beaches that draw migrating birds. It’s known for Norfolk Broads waterways and Norwich with its historic castle and cathedral. Also popular are market towns like King’s Lynn, stately homes like Houghton Hall, and cute villages like Burnham Market.

What is the prettiest town in Norfolk?

Norfolk has many pretty towns and villages. Wells-Next-the-Sea boasts a fishing port and a pine-fringed beach lined with colorful beach huts. Burnham Market is a 17th-century village with a green, duck pond, and lovely stone cottages. Walsingham, an ancient shrine, boasts a ruined abbey and medieval timber-framed houses.

Why is Norfolk so popular?

Less than two hours from London by train, Norfolk is an easy getaway and change of pace. And there’s plenty to do, from beach walks to a weekend boating on the Norfolk Broads. Norwich offers heritage, vintage shops, and cocktail bars, while central King’s Lynn offers Hanseatic riverside charm.

Which is the nicest part of Norfolk?

Urban travelers adore Norwich, a university city with an 11th-century cathedral, a 12th-century castle, and a warren of lanes housing indie stores and eateries. Beach lovers enjoy Wells, with its scenic walk to Holkham Beach and the chance to see breeding seals in season. Boaters flock to the Norfolk Broads.

How do I spend a weekend in Norfolk?

To enjoy a weekend in Norfolk, base yourself in Norwich. Spend one day exploring the historic city, colorful boutiques, and flourishing food scene, and then go boating on Norfolk Broads. Or, stay in Burnham Market or Wells-Next-the-Sea to enjoy long beach walks and a stately home or two.

Is Norfolk worth visiting?

If you are based in England or a regular visitor, Norfolk is well worth exploring. If you’re a first-time visitor who only has a week or two to discover all of England, then Norfolk is not for you—unless you adore bird-watching, canal boats, or long beach walks.


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