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Top places to live in Norfolk Blakeney

This pretty coastal village is the perfect antidote to city living. Great independent eateries and miles of coastline on your doorstep. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.


At its heart is the Blakeney National Nature Reserve with wide open spaces and uninterrupted views of the coastline, ideal for walking, water activities and long days on the beach.


We recommend brunch at The Moorings cafe, afternoon tea at the Blakeney Hotel and gastro pub grub at The White Horse. At night, The Moorings turns into a bistro and is a great place for a relaxed romantic dine.


It’s all about the food, drink and local art in Blakeney. Stock up on lots of scrummy local delights at the Blakeney Deli and don’t miss a visit to the Blakeney Crab Shed for the freshest of seafood, straight off the boat. Need a designer shopping fix? Take a 10-minute drive to Holt – home to independent department store Bakers & Larners, The TanneryFairfax & Favor and Woofers & Barkers. Plus, vintage boutiques, arts and craft stores and cool galleries such as Adrian Hill Fine Art.


Gillie crabbing on the Quay, squelching through Stiffkey salt marshes and long walks along the Norfolk coastal path.  Don’t miss taking a boat trip from Blakeney Point to spot the seals and fruit picking at Wiveton Hall. If you’re lucky you’ll bump into the infamous eyebrows of Wiveton Hall owner and star of BBC2’s hit show Normal for Norfolk – Desmond MacCarthy.


£563,476. On average, detached properties sell for £522,167, terraced properties £649,540 and semi-detached properties £539,375. Good local estate agents in the area are Bedfords, Jackson-Stops and Watson’s Period Presige.



With an impressive alumni including Olivia Colman and James Dyson, Gresham’s in Holt is the closest private school with day and board options. Or if you’re prepared to drive there’s a few options in Norwich – Norwich School in the cathedral grounds, Norwich High School for girls and Town Close.


The annual summer Regatta and its slippery pole event. No health and safety here – just a slippery pole over the harbour’s edge and people of all ages attempting to walk/run along it before falling into the water below. Good old-fashioned fun. Albeit massively dangerous.


If you move to the coast here, you’re probably not going to be schlepping into London every day. If you did, you’re looking at a three hour drive and the same by train which you can catch from Kings Lynn or Norwich – both a 55-minute drive away.

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