Norfolk villages are more diverse than you’d think being in England’s flattest county, Norfolk, in East Anglia.
Whether it’s riverside villages that dot the Norfolk Broads to the windswept seaside places on the north coast, there’s something for everyone.
As a relatively undisturbed place, it’s also the best preserved with the most ‘pretty churches per head’ count in the country.
Here then is a gallery of some of the best (as well as the picture we’ve also added an extract of the village’s Wikipedia entry).
Twenty Lovely Norfolk Villages:
Blakeney is a coastal village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. Blakeney lies within the Norfolk Coast AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and the North Norfolk Heritage Coast.Source
2. Cley next the Sea
Cley next the Sea (), Anglo-Saxon Clæg “clay”, is a village and civil parish on the River Glaven in Norfolk, England, 4 mi (6 km) north-west of Holt and east of Blakeney. The main A149 coast road runs through the centre of the village, causing congestion in the summer months due to the tight, narrow streets.Source
Happisburgh ( (listen)) (pronounced ‘haisbro’) is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. The village is on the coast, to the east of a north–south road, the B1159 from Bacton on the coast to Stalham.Source
Docking is a village and ancient civil parish in the north-west of the English county of Norfolk. It is near the North Norfolk Coast Site of Special Scientific Interest.Source
Cawston is a village and civil parish in the Broadland district of Norfolk, England. The village is approximately 11 miles (18 km) north of Norwich on the B1145 road, a route which runs between King’s Lynn and Mundesley.Source
Mundesley is a coastal village and a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. The village is 20.3 miles (32.7 km) north-north east of Norwich, 7.3 miles (11.7 km) south east of Cromer and 136 miles (219 km) north east of London.Source
7. Burnham Market
Burnham Market is an English village and civil parish near the north coast of Norfolk. Burnham Market is one of the Burnhams, a group of adjacent villages.Source
Stiffkey () is a village and civil parish on the north coast of the English county of Norfolk. It is situated on the A149 coast road, some 6 km (3.7 mi) east of Wells-next-the-Sea, 6 km (3.7 mi) west of Blakeney, and 40 km (25 mi) north-west of the city of Norwich.Source
9. Castle Rising
Castle Rising is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It is best known for the castle which dominates the village.Source
Coltishall is a village on the River Bure, west of Wroxham, in the English county of Norfolk, within the Norfolk Broads. The population at the 2011 Census had increased to 1,503 from 1,405 in 2001.Source
Walsingham is a village in North Norfolk, England, famous for its religious shrines in honour of the Virgin Mary. It also contains the ruins of two medieval monastic houses.Source
Horning is an ancient village and parish in the English county of Norfolk. It covers an area of 11 km2 and had a population of 1,033 in the 2001 census.Source
Aylsham ( or ) is a historic market town and civil parish on the River Bure in north Norfolk, England, nearly 9 mi (14 km) north of Norwich. The river rises near Melton Constable, 11 miles (18 km) upstream from Aylsham and continues to Great Yarmouth and the North Sea, although it was only made navigable after 1779, allowing grain, coal and timber to be brought up river.Source
Cromer ( KROH-mər) is a coastal town and civil parish on the north coast of the English county of Norfolk. It is approximately 23 miles (37 km) north of the county town of Norwich, 116 miles (187 km) north-northeast of London and 4 miles (6.4 km) east of Sheringham on the North Sea coastline.Source
Acle ( AY-kəl) is a small market town on the River Bure on the Norfolk Broads in Norfolk, located halfway between Norwich and Great Yarmouth. It has the only bridge across the River Bure between Wroxham and Great Yarmouth.Source
Bacton is a village and civil parish in Norfolk, England. It is on the Norfolk coast, some 20 kilometres (12 mi) south-east of Cromer, 40 kilometres (25 mi) north-west of Great Yarmouth and 30 kilometres (19 mi) north of Norwich.Source
Binham is a village and a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. The village is 29.3 miles (47.2 km) north west of Norwich, 16.9 miles (27.2 km) west of Cromer and 124 miles (200 km) north north east of London.Source
Brundall is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It is located on the north bank of the River Yare opposite Surlingham Broad and about 7 miles (11 km) east of the city of Norwich.The civil parish has an area of 4.39 km2 and in the 2001 census had a population of 3,978 in 1,681 households, increasing to a population of 4,019 in 1,765 households at the 2011 Census.Source
19. Caistor St Edmund
Caistor St Edmund is a village and former civil parish on the River Tas, now in the parish of Caistor St Edmund and Bixley, near Norwich, Norfolk, England. The parish covered an area of 6.55 square kilometres (2.53 sq mi) and had a population of 270 in 116 households at the 2001 census, the population increasing to 289 at the 2011 Census.Source
20. Castle Acre
Castle Acre is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. The village is situated on the River Nar some 4 miles (6.4 km) north of the town of Swaffham.Source