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Norfolk – Home to the Norfolk Broads and “Norfolk Dumplings”
Norfolk borders Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, with North Sea boundaries to the north and east of the county.
Settlements appeared in Norfolk around the 1st century BC and despite a valiant effort succumbed to the Romans in 60 AD. The Angles took control of the region around the 5th century and they were followed by the Vikings, prior to the Norman Conquest.
Like many counties in Britain, Norfolk was badly affected by the ‘Black Death’ in 1349, which dramatically reduced the population. A third of the population died in another plague in 1579, but less than a hundred years later Norwich had become the second largest city in England. Unfortunately, the Great Plague struck in 1665 and again wiped out approximately one third of the inhabitants.
One of Norfolk’s main industries is agriculture (developed from the World Wars) and of course tourism. “Norfolk Dumplings” is a name sometimes given to people from Norfolk.
Reasons to visit Norfolk
Norfolk has a wide range of attractions, especially Amusement Parks and Zoos, such as Pettitts Animal Adventure Park at Reedham, Thrigby Hall (and zoo), Banham Zoo, Amazona Zoo, The Sea Life Centre (Great Yarmouth) and The Sea Life Sanctuary (Hunstanton). Some of the amusement areas include Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach, BeWILDerwood, Britannia Pier and Extreme Adventure.
For scenic places we must not forget the City of Norwich, the Norfolk coast at Cromer, The Norfolk Broads and the Beach at Holkham Bay.
Entertainment and Dining in Norfolk
There are many theatres in Norfolk, including The Pavilion Theatre in Cromer, Britannia Pier Theatre (Great Yarmouth), Theatre Royal (Norwich), The Maddermarket Theatre (Norwich), The Gorleston Pavilion (Gorleston) and many more. There is also a huge selection of restaurants like The Black Rock Grill in Great Yarmouth and The Neptune in Old Hunstanton.
Accommodation in Norfolk
It would be difficult to find too many other regions that offer such a wide range of accommodation. There are hundreds of Guest Houses, B&Bs, self-catering apartments, cottages, caravans and camping sites. Hotels include Potters Leisure Resort in Hopton on Sea, The Old Rectory in Norwich and The Norfolk Mead Hotel in Coltishall.