Why Norfolk?


Why Choose Norfolk?

Whether you prefer busy urban or vast rural areas, there's bound to be a home for you in Norfolk and no two days will need to be the same. When working as an officer here, your daily challenges can range from tackling crime on farmland to covering safety at concerts and festivals at the Norfolk showground.

Norfolk is known for being a family friendly county with The University or East Anglia being ranked in the top 25 of the UKs universities. You can stay entertained with boat trips on the Norfolk Broads, arcades and amusement rides on Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach and nature walks around the picturesque Blickling Estate. You'll also have endless quaint villages to explore, as well as historical landmarks like Norwich Cathedral.

Right in the heart of the county, you'll find the fine city of Norwich. Whether you're looking for Michelin star food, historical walks, quirky cocktail bars, cosy pubs or an exciting evening of axe throwing and crazy golf, there's endless entertainment in the city for everyone.

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Housing in Norfolk
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Finding a home in Norfolk can be an exciting time, as you have the choice of living in the busy city centre of Norwich, on the beautiful coast or in the peaceful rural areas in between and around the Norfolk Broads.

In comparison to other local cities like Cambridge, Norwich comes in at a much more competitive price point.

Average rent (as of 08/2022):

  • £747 for a 1 bed property
  • £928 for a 2 bed property
  • £1,166 for a 3 bed property
  • £1,677 for a 4 bed property
  • £2,190 for a 5 bed property

If you're looking to purchase a home in Norfolk, you can expect to spend around £155k on a flat, £220k on a terraced property and £400k on a detached property, depending on location.

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Cost of living in Norfolk
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The cost of living in Norfolk, in comparison to other cities in the east, is very reasonable. 

You can enjoy a meal out for between £10 and £25, or enjoy a three course meal in a mid-range restaurant for around the £50 mark. Add a pint, and you're looking at around another £4. 

If the gym is your thing, there's plenty of choice from 24/7 gyms offering memberships at less than £20p/m up to more high end gyms with sauna offerings and more looking at a price of around £30 to £50, depending on facilities. 

To find out more about council tax and other bills, visit Norfolk County Council.

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Travel in Norfolk
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Although Norfolk may feel like it's out on a limb, you're never too far away from the hustle and bustle of London or the beautiful streets of other nearby cities and towns by train, bus or car.

To London

The train from Norwich to London Liverpool Street takes less than 2 hours and around 60 services run a day. There is also a direct train from Norwich to Stansted Airport that also takes around 2 hours.

You can reach Norwich train station from other train stations around the county, including services that run from Sheringham, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Cambridge with stops in many popular towns.

To the rest of the UK

Norwich train station also runs direct services to a variety of popular areas other than London, including:

  • Cambridge
  • Colchester
  • Ipswich
  • Sheffield
  • Nottingham
  • Peterborough
  • Manchester
  • Liverpool
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Family in Norfolk
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With no lack of wildlife, adventures and family-friendly holiday areas, Norfolk is a great place to bring your family. There's a variety of excellent nurseries, schools and colleges in the area, including two universities - The University of East Anglia and the Norwich University of the Arts. 

You can visit Norfolk County Council's website for more information on family services in the area. 

Some top family days out in Norfolk include: