A Pocket Guide To Holt, North Norfolk

We recently spent a weekend in Holt, one of the most quaint Georgian towns in North Norfolk, and we’ve uncovered a favourite staycation spot to keep returning to. With independently run cafes, restaurants, and shops set on a quaint high street, as well as nearby beaches and coasts to explore, it’s the perfect place to escape the city. Here’s a round-up of what to do and where to stay whilst visiting, with something on offer for everyone.

Photo by Andrew Bamforth

Stay in a stylish Georgian hideaway

Owned by Sarah Tribe, a freelance stylist whose worldwide travels have inspired her distinctive interiors, this Georgian hideaway is one of Norfolk’s best-kept secrets. Hidden above the main high street, the attic space comes with lofty ceilings, an open lounge and dining area, as well as two spacious bedrooms (with one four-poster bed worth fighting over).

Designed with an unique attention to detail, expect to unearth decadent yet homely furnishings, rediscovered floor boards, one-off home accessories and a well-equipped kitchen. Warm and welcoming, Sarah is a host that is always on-hand to share her local expertise and she even provides fresh breakfast pastries during your stay – what more could we ask for?

Photo by Andrew Bamforth

Photo by Emily Bowden

Photo by Emily Bowden

Enjoy the independent high street

Visitors to Holt will find courtyards and quaint streets with a host of independently run shops and eateries. Head to Byfords for a delicious takeaway pizza, indulge in fish and chips from Holt Fish Bar, or discover baked goods at Bakers & Larners High Street food hall. When Friday and Saturday evenings draw in, enjoy drinks at The King’s Head to unwind – after all, you’re on holiday.

Visit Blakeney Point

Holt is located just three miles from the North Norfolk coast and if like us, you like to explore, we’d recommend walking to Blakeney Point (a national nature reserve) to embrace the wilderness. Blakeney Hotel offers picturesque views from the upstairs lounge, so you can go here for coffee or lunch too and break up the day. There’s also various options to take boat trips to see the local seals – something Norfolk is renowned for.

Walk the scenic beaches

With a vast expanse of sand, Holkham Beach was a personal favourite of ours and is ideal for day trips or evening walks. Although if beaches are your thing, why stop at just one? Other highlights include Cley Beach (a great starting-point to walk up to Blakeney Point from), Cromer, Overstrand, Burnham Overy, Brancaster and Thornham – you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to coastlines here.

Image by Ian Finch

Explore the coast in traditional fishing boats

Coastal Exploration Co. take people out in traditional Norfolk fishing boats to explore the saltmarsh and open sea along glorious coastlines, with the option to enjoy breakfasts and lunches or supper in unique surroundings, close to the local wildlife. With a range of explorations to choose from, this is a well-loved option to add to your to-do list.


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