GUIDE TO THE NORFOLK COAST

Discover the best of the Norfolk Coast with our handy local’s guide. Browse our seven-day itinerary, read interesting articles and find attractions and eateries to add to your list of things to do during your holiday.

A 7 day ITINERARY for the Norfolk Coast

With flawless beaches, vibrant towns and amazing wildlife to discover in 7 days, you are sure to have a fun-filled week on the Norfolk Coast.

A day at the beach

Norfolk is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK. For families, the traditional seaside towns of Sheringham, Mundesley and Cromer with its lively pier are popular options, offering plenty of facilities – necessary if you have little ones with you. Wells-next-the-Sea is a picture-perfect, large expanse of golden sands, backed by colourful beach huts, while Hunstanton beach is the place to go for a beautiful sunset. The beach is framed by intriguing striped cliffs which tower over rock pools – another one great for families! Finally, one beach you should definitely visit is Holkham, where sand dunes roll towards the clear waters on one side and down to a pine forest on the other.

Top 5 family days out

Cromer and Sheringham

The traditional seaside town of Cromer is the perfect holiday destination and offers an all-round array of things to do and see. Start your day with a hearty full English at Browne’s on Bond Street before heading out into the buzz of Cromer. Cromer’s traditional pier is a huge draw with its pavilion theatre and array of shows. Make sure you check out what’s on during your visit and enjoy a humorous family show that you’ll all love. Between them, Cromer and Sheringham offer fascinating museums and sights to experience from The Mo on Sheringham seafront to the Henry Blogg Museum and Cromer Museum itself. If you fancy exploring a little further afield, hop aboard the North Norfolk Railway and enjoy the five mile stretch between Sheringham and Holt.

Escape the crowds

If it’s ultimate peace and quiet you are looking for, Scolt Island is a little bit of Norfolk paradise. Owned by the National Trust and Norfolk Wildlife Trust, the island is a combination of sand dunes, salt marsh, mud flat and shingle. Pack yourself a picnic and head off on the ferry from Burnham Overy Staithe – the island is only four miles long and part of it is shut off to the public during the summer to protect breeding birds. You could easily spend a day here, soaking up the sun, relaxing, reading a book and enjoy the utter tranquility of a tiny island. The welfare of the island’s wildlife is of the utmost importance as it’s home to bird life such as Sandwich Terns, Roseate Terns, Artic Terns and Little Terns.

Top 5 gardens and estates

Wells-next-the-Sea

Everything you would expect from a quaint seaside town and more. Wells-next-the-Sea has lost none of its traditional charm and a gentle stroll along the quay and through the narrow streets will soon show you that. Spend some time exploring the independent shops and boutiques and definitely indulge in a seafood lunch or dinner made from the local catch. Despite its name, the town is set a little way back behind the beach, separated by a lush pine forest. There is a miniature railway which takes visitors from the town down to the beach. Wells-next-the-Sea is an all-round family holiday destination with everything from the sandy beach to events, walks, shops and food.

Top 5 best tours and trips

Hunstanton - a day for all

Start your day with a fun-filled family trip to the Sea Life Centre which in 2014 underwent a massive redesign and now offers exciting features such as underwater seal viewing areas and a modern ray tank. In the Amazonia area you can also pop your head up inside a dome in the middle of a piranha tank – scary! As well as all that, the rock-pool experience will see your little ones holding crabs and star fish and enjoying regular talks and shark displays. Don’t cut your trip to Hunstanton short though, once you’ve finished meeting the sea life creatures – there’s plenty more to do. Hunstanton is renowned for its well-kept gardens and the self-guided horticulture trail is a great way to take all of this in. Finally, end your day with a portion of fish and chips on the beach watching the sun disappear into the sea. As the only west-facing seaside town in East Anglia, Hunstanton is well-known for its stunning sunsets.

A day at Holkham Hall estate

The Holkham Estate is so much more than just a country house and grounds, it’s a magical and inspiring land with a large appeal. It is made up of absolutely stunning parklands, woodlands, walled gardens, lakes, play areas and also a gorgeous sweeping beach and nature reserve. There is something on offer for everyone so it’s an ideal option for a whole day out, the beach is dog-friendly too so even your pooch can come. Enjoy miles of beautiful walks, hire a bike and take to two wheels or have some fun on the lake in a rowing boat or a kayak! At lunch time, there are countless picnic spots where you can sit back and relax, soaking up the atmosphere of Holkham estate.

Spot seals in the wild

Blakeney Point is home to the largest seal colony in England, made up of Common and Grey seals. With Beans Boat Trips, you can get really close and enjoy a fantastic view of these inquisitive critters for yourself. Catch the ferry from Blakeney Quay or Morston and feel the breeze in your hair as you head out to Blakeney Point. A short journey will soon reveal seals basking in the sun on the sandbanks and on the beach – you may also find that they will swim around the boat as you approach. It’s a great photo opportunity and it will be a fascinating new experience for little ones! While you’re there, make sure you take a stroll to the Old Lifeboat House and visit one of the bird hides. It’s a peaceful spot, so kicking back on one of the sand dunes to while away some time in the sun is a good option too!

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