Norfolk

Norfolk is a county in the East of England. The city of Norwich is the county town and largest settlement. Norfolk has a population of just under million inhabitants, making it one of the most populous counties in England’s Eastern region. If you’re looking for a place to live with your family, there are plenty of options available – from villages to towns and cities, Norfolk has something for everyone!

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Where is Norfolk?

Norfolk is a county in the East of England, with an approximate population of 814,000. It borders Lincolnshire to its northwest and Suffolk to the southeast. Norfolk’s capital city is Norwich, which has a population of around 220,000 people.

The county is split into six districts: Breckland District Council, Broadland District Council, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council (which includes King’s Lynn), North Norfolk District Council and South Norfolk District Council.

Areas in Norfolk

Some of the most popular areas for prospective homebuyers in Norfolk include:

The Broads – a large protected wetland area in the east of the county, the Broads is popular for its natural beauty and for its many outdoor activities

Norwich – the county’s capital city, with a lively cultural scene and plenty of amenities, Norwich is a popular place for those looking to buy property in the county. It has a thriving nightlife and plenty of high-end shops, as well as all the amenities you would expect to find in such an urban centre. It is also home to two universities

North Norfolk – an area of outstanding natural beauty, with very little light pollution and plenty of activities on hand such as golfing and walking around its beautiful coastline

The North Norfolk Coast – a picturesque stretch of coastline that is popular with holidaymakers and those looking for a seaside home

Gardens in Nowrich Norfolk

South Norfolk – an area that is more rural and agricultural, with market towns and villages dotting the landscape

Fakenham – a market town in the north of the county with good transport links, Fakenham is popular with commuters who work in Norwich or London

Cromer – a charming seaside town on the North Norfolk coast, Cromer is well known for its pier and the crabs that are caught in the surrounding waters

King’s Lynn: another coastal town, this one with a more rural feel King’s Lynn is known for its antiques and traditional festivals.

Universities in Norfolk

With two universities, Norwich is the largest city in Norfolk and offers a wide range of educational opportunities

The University of East Anglia – based in Norwich, the UEA is a prestigious university known for its research work and modern approach to education. It specialises in the arts, humanities, business and law.

The Norwich University of the Arts – a specialist arts university, the Norwich University of the Arts is also well regarded for its fine art and design courses. It has a reputation for being a friendly and informal university with strong connections to the local region.

Top Schools in Norfolk

Coast of Norfolk

Norfolk has some of the best schools in Britain, with many achieving excellent results at the GCSE level every year. Some of the standout schools include:

Royal Norwich School – an independent school, the Royal Norwich School is one of the leading co-educational boarding schools in England. The school has an outstanding academic reputation and offers a wide range of extracurricular activities to its pupils.

Gresham’s School – another independent school, Gresham’s School is located in Holt, a small town in the north of Norfolk. The school has an excellent academic record, with many pupils going on to study at some of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Thetford Grammar School – Thetford Grammar School is a state-funded secondary school with academy status. The school has an excellent reputation for providing high-quality education and boasts some of the best results in Norfolk.

Population of Norfolk

Where there are a fair number of people living in Norfolk, the county is very large, which means Norfolk is one of the most sparsely populated counties in England, with a population of 907,760 but a population density of just 55 people per square kilometre. This makes it a great place to live if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of a bigger city.

 

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Great area, poor facilities

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Review Date Aug 2022

Location is great, area is always nice and quiet. There are no playgrounds for children to play at, which is a problem for those of us with young children; I have lived on other estates that had playgrounds for every block of houses. There are no local shops at the moment, but I believe this may change in future. The cycle lanes and pathways are excellent; I have no concerns allowing my young children to ride their bikes around the area as the layout has been very well designed and a lot of thought has obviously gone into encouraging walking and cycling. There are no handy bus routes at present but, again, I believe this may change in future. The only major complaint I have would be the number of cars that park on the pavement, completely blocking access for pedestrians.

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The design of the estate is very good; as mentioned above the pathways and cycle routes are superb; if my children were a little bit older I would have no concerns for them walking to and from school. There are no facilities at present: no shops or bus routes, but this may change. The property management has been superb; all problems have been dealt with efficiently and in full

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I wish I’d known the transport links would be so bad

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The best feature is the particular avenue that I live on: very quiet, and a safe place to bring up a family

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Basic but decent

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Review Date Aug 2022

Very limited local shops, limited access to and limited surgery.

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Basic development, most houses look the same but it is great for families. The property management services are still developing so I cannot comment on that. Facilities are still poor. Design of houses is a bit basic but it works. Houses are a bit too close to each other and there hasnt been any planning for parking so many cars.

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Everything takes longer than you expect

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The space in the rooms. They are ample and big enough to fit king size beds

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Spacious design, maintenance could use work

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Review Date Aug 2022

Poor range of shops/amenities on the estate but there is a small Tesco in the old village. Parking availability is okay but currently estate isn’t double yellowed so people do just park anywhere. Nice spacious design between houses.

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The design of the estate is nice, the roads are wide and there is green space and benches. The finish isn’t incredible, the ‘grassed’ areas are very weedy and not all well grassed but good for wildlife. The estate needs more facilities but hopefully that is still to come in later phases.

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It would take a while for the shared areas to be completed and there isn’t a load of storage space. The house being off the road is really nice and not too overlooked

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The open plan downstairs with patio doors to the garden

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First home and perfect first home

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Review Date Aug 2022

Have lived on this estate for 4 years. Lovely neighbourhood and area. Never had an issue. Although personally I haven’t an issue with parking I do notice there are some people who park inconsiderately.

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First home and perfect first home. Could do with more storage options but all around we are very happy with our house. Wish we would have had spotlights installed in our kitchen dinning area so that is what we would add if we was to buy another new build.

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Love my kitchen/dining room as I like an open plan kitchen dinning area

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