Big skies, sweeping beaches, windswept marshes, meandering inland waterways and pretty flint houses make up the county of Norfolk, a handsome rural getaway with a thriving regional capital. They say the locals have 'one foot on the land, and one in the sea' and you're never far from water here, whether it's the tranquil setting of rivers and windmills in the Norfolk Broads or the wide sandy beaches, fishing boats and nature reserves along the coast. Twitchers flock here too, for some of the country's best birdwatching. Meanwhile, in Norwich, the county's bustling capital, you'll find a remarkable cathedral and castle, medieval churches, a lively market and an excellent choice of pubs, clubs and restaurants.
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