Coast Rd Waxham NR12 0EE
Sheltering just behind the dunes just to east of the Broads proper, there are just two reasons to come to the village of Waxham: for the beach, which is a glorious long sandy stretch, popular with seals, and Waxham Great Barn, a huge sixteenth-century thatched barn, recently restored, that was built by the influential and wealthy Wodehouse family in the mid-sixteenth century. The Wodehouses built their barn extra-long to outdo their rivals, the Paston family, who had erected a similarly vast structure a few miles north – and which also still stands today (it's a just a few metres shorter). Entrance is free, and includes an informative and entertaining audio tour, which guides you around the building, after which you can stop for a drink or something to eat at the attached café. There's bike hire here too – useful for exploring the surrounding countryside and coast.