Every month we’re featuring the best places to visit in the UK while you’re riding your motorbike. With its proximity to the North Sea, Norfolk is filled with idyllic scenery. There are a number of sprawling beaches and historical structures that are worth checking out. From exploring the Deep History Coast, to catching a glimpse of the seal colony at Blakeney Point, here are some fun activities to take part in.
Norwich Castle is one of the most famous landmarks in Norfolk, having been founded by William the Conqueror. Built between 1095 and 1110, the castle is an impressive building that has stood for nearly a thousand years. Today, the castle contains various exhibits. These include two art galleries and exhibitions on Boudicca, Ancient Egypt and the Vikings.
Deep History Coast
The North Norfolk Coast is also called the Deep History Coast because of the archaeological evidence that’s been found in the area. The importance of the Deep History Coast can’t be understated because it has evidence of the oldest human activity outside of Africa’s Great Rift Valley. Walk along the coast and you’ll find the best preserved Neanderthal site in the country.
Created in the 15th century, Blickling Hall was owned by Sir John Fastolf of Caister. The stately home is part of a large estate that covers 4777 acres. The surrounding gardens are beautiful and house a variety of plant life, such as yew hedges and topiary. Blickley Hall is used for many events, ranging from Christmas celebrations, to historical exhibitions.
Animal lovers will appreciate the opportunity to see grey and harbour seals up close at Blakeney Point. The Nature Reserve is found off the north coast of Norfolk and can be reached by boat. Grey seals have their pups between November and January, making winter an ideal time to go and see them. Harbour seals breed in the summer, but Blakeney Point offers stunning vistas all year round.
Burgh Castle is another of Norfolk’s famous forts. Starting out as a Roman outpost that defended against Saxon raids, Burgh Castle has gone through a number of changes. It was possibly used by a monastic settlement and then by Norman invaders in the 11th century. A lot of the original structure remains intact and is open to the public.
The Norfolk Broads
The Broads refers to a series of waterways that run through Norfolk and make up a National Park. There’s plenty to see and do in the area, such as travelling on a boat or enjoying the natural scenery. The roads are picturesque and winding, giving you the chance to go on a riding adventure you’ll never forget.