Top places to live in Norfolk Holt
If towns were colours, Holt would be duck egg blue with a strip of bunting neatly hung along the top. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
A beautiful Georgian spot – where Norfolk flint buildings are seemingly ubiquitous – Holt is filled with cobbled alleyways, independent shops, delis and galleries.
Folly Tearoom is a gloriously vintage-styled café with a courtyard garden serving the most delectable cakes and afternoon teas. A Muddy favourite is The Owl Tea Rooms – see our review here. Byfords is a Holt institution – a café, deli, pub, restaurant, ice cream parlour and boutique hotel in one. Fine dine at The Feathers Hotel or take a short drive to The Kings Head in Letheringsett for Sunday mooching over the papers with a glass of wine followed by a big roast dinner.
The Yards is a series of cobbled alleyways stuffed with quirky independent shops, galleries, vintage, antiques and cafes. Designer favourites include Fairfax & Favor for fabulous footwear, The Tannery for all things leather and Woofers & Barkers to pimp up your pooch. Plus, traditional department store Bakers & Larners of Holt has a nostalgic Are You Being Served? vibe.
There are plenty of beaches within a short drive, with chips, ice cream and penny arcades at the traditional seaside town of Sheringham. Jump on the North Norfolk Railway steam train for the beautiful 10-mile round trip through the coastal countryside. Head to Wells-next-the-Sea (nine miles) and Holkham Beach (10 miles) for broad expanses of sand and plenty of rustic charm. The Shell Museum in Glandford is a quirky visit and for a boy’s day out – the Muckleburgh Collection in Weybourne is packed with military paraphernalia.
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With an impressive alumni as long at your arm (including Olivia Coleman and James Dyson) – Gresham’s in Holt is our Muddy recommended day and board private school. Plenty of excellent private school options in Norwich (45 minute drive) including Norwich School in the cathedral grounds, Norwich High School for girls and Town Close.
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Hidden in the heart of Gresham’s Senior School grounds, the Auden Theatre hosts a diverse and expansive programme of productions throughout the year. It is also one of the main venues for the Holt Festival held every July.
Nearest city is Norwich and is a 45-minute drive. The fastest route from Norwich to London is 1 hour 30 mins by train.
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