Norfolk's towns

Norfolk’s coastal and market towns are thriving centres for the surrounding communities.

King’s Lynn has a proud history as a major seaport dating back to the Middle Ages, many of the timber-framed buildings from this period have survived. Norfolk’s most westerly market town has a lively cultural scene with theatres, museums, a cinema and an annual arts festival. King’s Lynn is 44 miles west of Norwich and 97 miles north of London with direct rail access in less than 2 hours.

Residents of market towns and seaside resorts across Norfolk have easy access to 90 miles of stunning coastline. Wind surfers, kite surfers, surfers and sailors are spoiled for choice. The Broads National Park covers large swathes of north, east and south Norfolk with plenty of opportunities to mess about on the river, from Broads cruising to canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding.

Norfolk is home to beautiful rolling countryside, with picturesque villages, walking trails and cycling routes. Stately homes, museums, gastropubs, delicatessens, two racecourses, independent shops, historic architecture including Saxon and Norman churches and 12th century Wymondham Abbey.

Great Yarmouth is a modern seaside town to the east of Norwich, enjoying a renaissance thanks to its outer harbour and river port. Norfolk’s most easterly town has strategic importance for the offshore energy industry and a long tradition as a holiday resort. The historic borough has some of the most affordable house prices in Norfolk, the second most complete medieval town wall in England, museums, theatres, cinemas, a large market, and an annual circus and street art festival.