Area Guide: What is Norfolk like?

We cover the whole of Norfolk and North Suffolk. It’s an area that includes large tracts of unspoilt countryside, including prime arable land and a fabulous coastline, unspoilt market towns, picturesque villages and, of course, the city of Norwich.

Property in Norwich and Norfolk

The property we offer is aspirational but varied, ranging from new-build apartments, quaint cottages and farmhouses to country houses and landed estates; quality, not price, is the key.

In this unspoilt rural area, country property is our core market. The Norfolk area is rich in Georgian farmhouses, Victorian gentlemen’s residences and period village property, and the coastal villages provide plenty of choice for smaller houses that are ideal for weekend boltholes.

Norwich has a good selection of handsome villas and townhouses, and there are plenty of attractive smaller towns that offer the ideal balance between country and convenience.

For substantial houses in Norwich, look in the so-called ‘golden triangle’, comprising Newmarket Road, Christchurch Road, Lime Tree Road and Town Close Road.

For classic market towns, try Wymondham, Loddon, Fakenham and Aylsham.

For villages close to magnificent beaches, head to Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea, Brancaster or Cromer. Burnham Market, a classic and stylish village a little way inland, is highly coveted.

The local scene

As the ‘capital’ of East Anglia, Norwich is a hub of history, culture and communication. It is a vibrant and gracious place to live, ideal both for families and professionals.

The city is famous for its vast number of medieval buildings, including the magnificent cathedral, numerous churches and the Norman castle, which now houses the acclaimed Castle Museum and Art Gallery. The excellent shopping ranges from the ancient city-centre market to the elegantly Art Nouveau Royal Arcade and a clutch of quaint independent boutiques in the Norwich Lanes.

The cultural scene centres on the Norfolk & Norwich Festival, which presents an ambitious programme of theatre, classical music, dance, street art and family events each year; the Theatre Royal is just one of four theatres in the city.

The picturesque Broads start close by; further afield is the glorious Norfolk coastline, famous for vast sandy beaches and huge, dramatic skies.

Getting about

The A11 is the main road down to Newmarket, where it links with the M11 towards London.

Norwich Airport provides regular flights to international destinations via Schiphol.

Rail services from Norwich reach London Liverpool Street in just under two hours.

Schools in Norfolk

Norwich has one of the oldest schools in the world: the renowned Norwich School, located in the Cathedral Close and dating from 1096. The area’s other superb independent schools include Greshams School in Holt, Beeston Hall Preparatory School near Sheringham, Taverham Hall, Norwich High School for Girls, Langley School in Loddon, and Wymondham College.

The highly regarded state schools include Broadland High School in Hoveton, Reepham High School, and Notre Dame High School in Norwich.