Docking is a pretty village near the North Norfolk coast. Being located on some of the highest land in the county has historically made it difficult for its residents to access water, earning it the nickname Dry Docking. Docking is an ancient community, and perfect for visitors who want to experience life in a rural Norfolk village. Take a wander from your holiday cottage in Docking and you will find a peaceful community which time seems to have forgotten. On Station Road, there is a post office and a small grocery, and there is an excellent fish and chip shop on the High Street. Not to be missed on self-catering holidays in Docking, the Railway Inn is a cosy pub which has been serving good food and ales since 1868.

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The Old Butcher’s Shop in Docking, Norfolk offers a soft palette with dashes of colour in a detached rural cottage just moments from the coast. The pet-friendly cottage blends luxury with country charm and features an open fire, a games room and multiple sun-drenched spaces to relax and socialise.

There are many interesting historical buildings in Docking, including a graceful church with a lychgate dating back to 1875, and Docking Hall. On the doorstep of holiday cottages in Docking, the magnificent stately home and 1,000 acres of grounds at Houghton Hall and Gardens are well worth a visit. Snettisham Park is nearby, with scenic trails to explore, and a resident herd of deer. Other places to visit near Docking include the charming city of Norwich, home to a medieval cathedral and a historic centre packed with independent businesses. The Norfolk Broads are close enough for a day trip, where waterways meander through idyllic countryside. 

If you fancy a day by the sea, head to the resort of Hunstanton, which faces west across The Wash, and is one of the only places on the east coast where the sun can be seen setting over the sea. At the foot of the town’s distinctive striped cliffs, an elegant seafront is home to pitch and putt, crazy golf, bandstand concerts, and funfairs.