Norfolk is renowned for its beautiful coastlines and relaxed lifestyle, and is a perfect place for families of all sizes and ages to live in. It has even come in top on the Telegraph’s ‘Britain’s Classiest Counties’ list. There are plenty of beautiful places to choose to live, all over the county, as well as great places to eat and drink, and places to visit for family members if all ages.

From family days out on the North Norfolk coast, to venturing into the lively city centre of Norwich, wherever you choose to settle down, you won’t be short of things to do. If you’re thinking of moving to Norfolk with the family, discover some of the best places to live …



Holt is a beautiful Georgian town in North Norfolk, and is only four miles inland from the coast. The small town boasts much character and an array of independent shops. The town is surrounded by a well wooded area for your kids to go exploring in, which is rather picturesque as well.

In terms of education for your little ones, Gresham’s School Holt, would be a top choice. An independent day and boarding school situated in Holt town, is in the top 20 IB schools in the UK. Kids from all over the country attend this excellent school, and you could have it on your very doorstep. If you venture into the Holt, you can’t help but notice the warm family-feel the town is studded with. From the stunning Christmas light display the town is festooned with between November and January, to the Holt Festival in July, you would be proud to call Holt your family’s new home.


Wells is one of the most attractive towns along the North Norfolk coast, and an ideal area for those who are perhaps looking to retire by the sea, or for those who require a harbour for trade or business, or even for recreational purposes.

Wells-next-to-sea is one of the few commercially viable ports on Norfolk. The town, just like most in Norfolk, has many pubs, tea rooms and independent shops for you to discover. Despite its small size, the area still has some great schools, including a specialist sports college, and a Well-Next-to-Sea Primary and Nursery school.


If you would prefer to live in the hustle and bustle of the city, then Norwich, the capital city of East Anglia, is a great city to relocate to. The city is full of places to eat and independent and quirky shops. Norwich shops offer one of the top shopping destinations in the UK. The city is also a hub of music for East Anglia, which may appeal to you or your teenage kids.

What’s more, it is also one of the safest cities to live in the country, which can give you some peace of mind when it comes to moving a young family. Norwich is a charming city, with countless things to keep the kids entertained, in and around the city. If you prefer not to live right in the middle of the city, areas around the city are also very charming, and still have great links to the city centre, if you need to commute for school or work. Abel Homes provide new houses in Norfolk in towns in close proximity to the city centre, for example in Watton, in Thetford.


Credit: Donald Judge

Credit: Donald Judge

Mulbarton, in South Norfolk is also an attractive place to move to, only six miles from the city centre, commuting to Norwich would only require a 20 minute drive. It’s a lovely and friendly place to live, with two schools situated right in the village.

This village offers the best of both worlds, for those who prefer peaceful surroundings, but would also like the accessibility of a larger city if you require it. This is a perfect place to choose to live if you have younger kids. Mulbarton is adorned with green areas, and is the proud location to some gorgeous ponds to take your younger kids to feed the ducks on a Sunday morning. The village has such a community feel, with weekly park runs, and a quarterly magazine produced by volunteers in the area.