19 places to enjoy Norfolk’s autumn colour

PUBLISHED: 11:37 16 September 2020 | UPDATED: 15:05 17 September 2020

Autumn colours at Sandringham Estate. Photo courtesy Sandringham Estate

Autumn colours at Sandringham Estate. Photo courtesy Sandringham Estate


Where to see autumn leaves and find quiet places to enjoy Norfolk in autumn

1. Pensthorpe Natural Garden

This award-winning 700-acre nature reserve and woodland conservation park has something for everyone. A great place to see a variety of autumn beauty, including its fabulous Millennium Garden.

Foliage at Pensthorpe Natural Park taking on an autumnal hue. Photo: Steve AdamsFoliage at Pensthorpe Natural Park taking on an autumnal hue. Photo: Steve Adams

2. Salhouse Broad

One of largest yet most secret lakes in The Broads, this nature reserve is known for its serene experience and escapism. Its nature trail can be reached by boat!

Salhouse Broad

3. Blakeney Point

This nature reserve is home to England’s largest seal colony. If you want to see common and grey seals basking on the water’s edge, book a ferry trip departing from Morston Quay.

Blakeney Point seals

4. Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

During autumn witness the last burst of colours at this beautiful 130-acre ancient woodland and award-winning organic garden in the heart of the Broads.


5. Houghton Hall and Gardens

Be amazed by stunning interiors and a magnificent five-acre walled garden in this King’s Lynn stately home. It’s only open on certain days, so check before visiting. Currently hosting the Anish Kapoor sculpture exhibition.

Houghton Hall - Explored!

6. Sandringham Estate

This much-loved country retreat of The Queen is set in 24 hectares of tranquil gardens. The country park features plenty of walking tracks and spot the wildlife along the way.

Queens Estate, Sandringham

7. Cley and Salthouse Marshes

Autumn is among the most thrilling times of the year for birdwatchers. So dust those binoculars off and visit this Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserve, one of the best-known in the UK for birdwatching.

Golden pond.

8. Holkham Hall and estate

A breath-taking coastal landscape, magnificent stately home and parkland will leave you spoilt for choice. Experience an array of autumn colours while deer spotting, but be careful during the rutting season.

Red deer crossing water at Holkham. Photo courtesy Holkham EstateRed deer crossing water at Holkham. Photo courtesy Holkham Estate

9. Horsey Beach

Head to this wild, unspoilt sandy beach, which is often deserted during the colder months. Relax and breathe in the fresh air, and see if you can spot some grey seals!

Horsey, Norfolk

10. Blickling Estate

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The dazzling displays of autumn colour are abundant throughout the gardens and parkland. Walk around the lake for perfect reflections of the colours in the water and hope to spot a barn owl.

Taking an autumn walk on the Blickling estate. Photo: NT/Justin MinnsTaking an autumn walk on the Blickling estate. Photo: NT/Justin Minns

11. Wells-Next-the-Sea Beach

Even on a chilly day, this award-winning beach is worth a visit with its classic beach huts that look like they’re straight from a picture book.

Wells-next-the-sea beach huts

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12. East Wretham Heath

Going for a walk in the woods is always enjoyable, but it’s hard to deny that autumn provides the most stunning backdrop. Here, look out for fly agaric and other fungi!


13. Thetford Forest

The UK’s largest man made lowland forest with 18,730 hectares is somewhere to see autumnal tone at its finest. Walk through the woods and enjoy the fabulous canopy of oranges, golds and browns.

Thetford Forest

14. Roydon Common

Get the heart pumping and take in the lovely fresh air as you take a brisk strong in the common. Keep those eyes peeled for the autumn leaves in its full glory.

Roydon Common Heather

15. Burlingham Woods

There maybe a chill in the air but this season is among the best times to explore woods and forests as they become a glorious patchwork of colour. Don’t miss this one off your list!

Norfolk Autumn

16. Foxley Woods

Did you know Foxley Woods is Norfolk’s largest remaining ancient woodland? Boasting over 350 flowering plants in late spring, think how many coppery-red colour leaves there will be in autumn.

Foxley Wood, Norfolk, UK

17. Tyrrels Wood

Quiet and off the beaten track, Tyrrels Wood is an ideal place to recharge your batteries. As well as containing some of the oldest oak trees in Norfolk, the woods offer you the chance to discover an excellent display of autumnal fungi.

Tyrrel's Wood, Norfolk

18. The Walks, King’s Lynn

A grade II historic park, it is a fantastic place immerse yourself in the glorious autumn. The 800 mature trees are mesmerising and there is sure to be a great pile of leaves to kick.

King's Lynn

19. Lower Wood, Ashwellthorpe

Norfolk Wildlife Trust really has some wonderful places to visit in autumn. If you want to relish spectacular woodland colour and fallen leaves this is a good suggestion.


N.B Please be aware of Covid-19 restrictions and check where possible before travelling.

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