All about Norfolk Coast

The Norfolk coastline is simply stunning.  Even on busy days many of Norfolk’s beaches have empty hideaways where you feel you have the place to yourself.   With miles and miles of wide sandy beaches, unspoilt areas of outstanding natural beauty and some of the best nature reserves in the country (including Titchwell, Snettisham and Cley), it’s easy to see why artists and writers have flocked to the Norfolk coast for years.

 The North Norfolk Coast

Around 400 square miles the North Norfolk Coast is one of the most beautiful coastlines in the UK. As you travel around the area you will come across pretty villages, bustling market towns, secluded sandy beaches and acres of unspoilt countryside.  The coastline stretches for 43 miles and much of it is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The diverse landscape includes wide sandy beaches, pine forests, saltmarshes and mudflats and as the seasons change the countryside takes on very different qualities.

North Norfolk is famous for its long, white sandy beaches such as those at Holkham, Wells & Brancaster. The wide beaches are washed by safe shallow waters and are perfect for sunbathers, swimmers and those looking for plenty of space to play.

Further along the coast, Mundesley is a 'Blue Flag' beach where children can paddle safely in tidal pools and the pebbly beach at Sheringham has also won a Blue Flag award for its cleanliness.

There are some wonderful and picturesque towns and villages which are perfect for a day out or as the base for your holiday in the county.

Cromer and Sheringham have been popular seaside resorts for almost 200 years and offer a relaxed pace of life for those looking for a really laid back holiday. Both towns have a Blue European Flag for their clean beaches and bathing waters.

Blakeney, Cley and Wells are outstanding centres for wildlife and a paradise for birdwatchers. You can take a boat to Blakeney Point to see the seals or try out crabbing on the quayside.

Holt is a small Georgian town which is a great place for shopping or browsing around the many art and crafts galleries. You won't be able to resist the tempting cafes and speciality food shops.

Walsingham is known all over the world as a pilgrimage centre for people of many faiths. There are several religious buildings in the pretty village and the peaceful atmosphere makes Walsingham a perfect place for those who want to escape for a while from the hustle and bustle of the larger resorts.
The Peddars Way is probably one of the most famous paths in the UK. It starts from Thetford and as it approaches the coast at Holme next the Sea it becomes the Norfolk Coast Path. The route runs all the way to Cromer but there are several optional detours on the way. Walking along the path is a wonderful way to see the North Norfolk countryside from a different perspective. You can click here to see a visual journey of the Norfolk Coast Path.

The Norfolk Wildlife Trust's reserve at Holme Dunes is one of the north Norfolk coasts most attractive landscapes and the combination of mudflats, sand dunes, saltmarsh and reedbeds have an air of mysticism. It is an important birdwatching site where you can look for a huge variety of species including avocets, ringed plovers, redshanks, curlews and lapwings. Holme Dunes is another key site for winter wildfowl.

At Salthouse Marshes, further along the coast, a shingle bank protects the coastal grazing marshes and salt water lagoons from the voracious appetite of the North Sea. Bird watchers can look out for black-tailed godwits, ruffs, redshanks and snow buntings as well as several thousand brent geese in the winter months. 

Towns & villages along the Norfolk Coast Include:-

  • Bacton
  • Blakeney
  • Brancaster & Brancaster Staithe
  • Burnham Norton & Burnham Overy
  • Caister on Sea & West Caister
  • California
  • Clay next the Sea
  • Cromer
  • East Runton & West Runton
  • Gorleston on Sea
  • Great Yarmouth
  • Happisburgh
  • Heacham
  • Hemsby / Newport
  • Holkham
  • Holme next the Sea
  • Hopton on Sea
  • Hunstanton & Old Hunstanton
  • Morston
  • Mundesley
  • Overstrand
  • Salthouse
  • Scratby
  • Sea Palling
  • Sheringham
  • Sidestrand
  • Trimmingham
  • Walcott
  • Waxham
  • Wells next the Sea
  • Weybourne
  • Winterton on Sea
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Attractions in Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth one of the largest and most well known resorts on the Norfolk coast.  It really does offer something for everyone and caters very well for families.  If you want traditional seaside entertainment, enjoy nature and birdwatching or delving deep into history, try Great Yarmouth it really does have something for everyone.  We have listed just a few of the top attractions but for more information, please visit Great Yarmouth official tourism website.

Time & Tide - Award winning museum set in a preserved Victorian herring works, showing Great Yarmouth through the years. Blackfriars Road, Great Yarmouth  01493 743930

The Tolhouse - An early medieval building once used as a courthouse and gaol with Victorian dungeons.  Tolhouse Street, Great Yarmouth  01493 858900

Nelson Museum - Georgian merchants house exploring local man Nelson's life.  26 South Quay, Great Yarmouth   01493 850698

Nelson's Monument / The Norfolk Pillar - An impressive 144ft high monument built in 1819 dedicated to Lord Admiral Nelson.  Monument Road, Great Yarmouth

The Elizabethan House - Experience the lives of families who lived in this quayside house from Tudor to Victorian times.  4 South Quay, Great Yarmouth  01493 855746

Scroby Sands - Sea boat trips to view the seal colony on Scroby Sands, Great Yarmouth.   Tickets sales for trips available from kiosk beside the Marina Centre, Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth.

Lydia Eva & Southern Belle - Come aboard Great Yarmouth's last steam drifter the 'Lydia Eva' moored at South Quay, Great Yarmouth or enjoy a cruise on the 'Southern Belle' a restored pleasure steamer, moored at Haven Bridge, Great Yarmouth.

Caister Independent Life Boat Station - History of lifesaving at Caister from 1794.  Tan Lane, Caister on Sea, Great Yarmouth.  01493 722001

Brittania Pier & Wellington Pier - Offering traditional family entertainment and 'end of pier' seasonal shows.  Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth


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