If you’re looking to for a new place to call home, the beautiful county of Norfolk makes a great option. With over 90 miles of stunning coastline, the famous Norfolk Broads, and bustling towns and cities, this part of East Anglia truly has something for everyone. Take a look at our pick of some of the best places to live in Norfolk.
Norwich is a vibrant city with a wide range of quirky independent shops, and St Benedict’s Street is home to a fantastic restaurant scene. Steeped in history (its famous open-air market has been held there for over 1,000 years), yet modern and cosmopolitan, the average age of Norwich residents is just 34 years old. With highly rated schools and the world-class University of East Anglia, Norwich offers top education options in a city rated low for crime and high in green credentials. The number of people walking to work in Norwich is double the national average, and cycling is up 40% since 2013. Property in the city is affordable, with flats available from as little as £120,000.
Twenty minutes from the coast and just half an hour from Norwich, Aylsham is ideal for commuters and families alike. With excellent schools and nearby country walks, this historic market town is praised for its friendly community feel. Awarded Cittaslow status, highlighting its dedication to a more relaxed way of life, Aylsham is a beacon of Britain’s “slow food” movement. Houses in its conservation area are highly sought after, but several new housing developments mean there is plenty of property available for anyone looking to move to this popular area.
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Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the county’s north coast, and boasting its very own grey seal colony, Blakeney is a perfect haven for wildlife lovers. Known for its distinctive characterful brick-and-flint properties, and popular with tourists, Blakeney is regularly featured as one of the best places to live in the UK, and homes here are always in high demand.
A little over a mile from the north coast, Burnham Market is a charming village complete with a village green, and home to more than thirty independent shops including a traditional butchers and fishmongers. It’s known for its excellent restaurants, and at twenty miles from Kings Lynn and thirty miles from Norwich, it’s a great location for commuters wanting to come home to a rural lifestyle.
Down along the Norfolk-Suffolk border, the Waveney Valley is an increasingly popular choice for London commuters, with the train from Diss reaching Central London in one hour and forty minutes. The market town of Diss itself boasts a diverse blend of Georgian, Victorian, and medieval architecture. Within easy reach of the famous Broads, and with its own tranquil Mere, Diss is hailed for its great quality of life, and is described as one of the healthiest places to live in Norfolk.
With so many quaint villages in Norfolk, Old Buckenham is one of the finest, boasting the UK’s largest village green (40 acres including duck ponds and playing fields) which plays host to an annual fair. Perfect for families, Old Buckenham has a great selection of primary and secondary schools, and is ideally situated at just 15 miles from Norwich.
This town in the north of Norfolk is famous for its namesake crab, which is regarded by many as being amongst the very best in the world. It’s a quiet area, which makes it ideal for people looking for a slower pace of life. Norwich is around 23 miles away however, so it’s not too far from the city’s cosmopolitan buzz. Cromer has a surprisingly high number of restaurants to choose from and you can of course expect to find the iconic crab on the most (if not all) menus. Whilst the town might not be ideal for young professionals or those seeking an electric nightlife, Cromer still has plenty to offer to anyone looking to move there.
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