Norfolk’s Best Beaches

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Visit some of these locations and you will understand why Norfolk’s coastline is an Area of Natural Beauty


  • Old Hunstanton - Beautiful flat waters and a vast sandy beach. Find the beach huts by Hunstanton Golf Club, sit back and take in the stunning sun sets across the wash.
  • Holme - This beach continues along the coast from Old Hunstanton. The sAndy beach continues and the famous Holme Dunes welcome you. The grassy, sand dunes are beautiful and there is a scenic marshland area with walking trails and plenty of wildlife to see.
  • Thornham - Right next door to Holme, this beach is usually quieter yet just as beautiful. Walk along the beach and get lost in the dunes. Afterwards, head inland to find Thornham Old Harbour which is just the most relaxing place. Watch the tide waters, spot the Oystercatchers and look out for the Samphire growing in the margins.
  • Brancaster - One of the beast beaches in the U.K. The beach is huge, covered in sand and the location is stunning. A narrow road leads to the Beach Car Park and the walk to the beach takes you past Royal West Norfolk Golf Club. Makes you feel as though your stepping back in time. It’s a great beach for dogs, children and everyone else.
  • Holkham - Amazing beach, huge sandy areas when the tide is out. The dunes are as high as you can imagine and you can always find a spot  to sit on them and look across the beautiful area. Once you have explored the beach and the dunes, head into the fabulous forest. Look out for the rope swings which hang from the biggest of trees. You can spend hours at Holkham exploring, it’s incredible for all ages.
  • Wells-next-the-Sea - Probably the most talked about beach in Norfolk. The town itself is gorgeous and the walk from the town to the beach is simply beautiful and relaxing. Once you get to the beach you will see how big it is, perfect for dog walking. Again, there is a forest behind the beach which you can explore and also some beautifully decorated beach huts. The water here is shallow allowing for great paddling.
  • Stiffkey - To start with you can wander through the beautiful Stiffkey Saltmarshes. During the warmer months the saltmarsh is full of colour, Pink Thrift in May and the purple carpet of Sea Lavender in June. The amount of wildlife is always rife through out the year but during the Winter months the area is full of Brent and Pink Footed Geese. Once you have explored the Marshes head out onto the huge sandy beach for an escape and solitude.
  • Cromer - This is your good old fashioned seaside town. The beach is excellent, when the tide is in it’s covered in beautifully coloured pebbles and when the tide goes out a huge area of golden sand appears. Perfect for sport activities and swimming in the sea. Many families visit, taking with them their body boards and surf boards. Cromer Pier dominates the area and the cliffs complete this beautiful seaside town.
  • Happisburgh - Not as busy as some beaches here in Norfolk but the beauty and serenity of it is just incredible. It’s a real photogenic place to visit and if you fancy an early start go and witness the sunrise. You won’t regret the early start! The famous Happisburgh lighthouse is in full sight and the beach is made up of sand, sea defences, rocks and cliffs. Plenty to explore.
  • Winterton-on-Sea - This is a personal favourite of ours. The beach is sandy, big and simply amazing. The water is ever so clear, very beautiful but can be quite powerful so be careful. The clean beach is backed by huge, grassy dunes which can be explored for hours but be mindful of when you do visit as the beach and sea will be invaded by Grey Seals. Amazing to watch but keep your distance. The area is very photogenic and sunrise can be witnessed on an early morning walk.

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