Sheringham beach backed by colourful beach huts
Sheringham is a delightful town on the Norfolk coast, with a stunning beach and an intriguing mix of shops, cafes and restaurants.
Sheringham was a remote and little-heard of fishing town until a railway was built in the 1800s which helped to turn it into a popular tourist destination. The railway, known as the Poppy Line, still operates today and has become one of the town’s most popular attractions. The town centre has an elegant high street lined with independent shops and an excellent market, where you can buy antiques, bric-a-brac and local produce. As you wander around Sheringham you’ll discover some interesting historical landmarks, including the stunning Roman Catholic Church of St. Joseph and a 26ft war memorial. Sheringham hosts some great annual events; check out 1940s Weekend in September, and Sheringham Carnival in August.
Sheringham’s beach has been awarded the coveted Blue Flag for its water quality, facilities and safe environment. It’s a dramatic stretch of sand and rocks, where you can walk, swim or find a secluded spot for a picnic. You’ll also find cafes, amusements and rows of brightly coloured beach huts.
For a glimpse into the town’s fascinating history, Sheringham Museum is well worth a visit. Here you’ll find a remarkable display, including fishing boats, lifeboats and artefacts from across the centuries. The museum also has wonderful views over Sheringham’s maze of narrow streets and out to the North Sea. The North Norfolk Railway
A trip to Sheringham wouldn’t be complete without a ride on the famous North Norfolk Railway, or Poppy Line. This nostalgic railway operates steam and diesel trains, which take you on a ten-and-a-half-mile ride past woods, parks and the wild North Sea. In springtime, the landscape is a dazzling mass of yellow gorse, primroses, bluebells and heather. You can enjoy the ever-changing view from the comfort of an old-fashioned carriage, and even order a delicious meal to eat during the journey.
“Sheringham is a delightful town on the Norfolk coast, with a stunning beach and an intriguing mix of shops, cafes and restaurants.”
There are some great places to eat and drink in Sheringham, and few are more popular than Number 10, where the Moroccan chef cooks simple, tasty dishes using local, seasonal ingredients. For traditional British food, try the long-running Beaumaris Hotel and Restaurant, which serves locally caught fish and crab dishes. For a delicious evening meal, try Crofter’s in the centre of town, a friendly restaurant with an extensive menu including a selection of authentic Austrian dishes. The Sheringham area is home to a number of traditional pubs. One of the best is The Crown Inn, where you can grab a pint of local ale, order a plate of classic pub food and watch regular live music performances.