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11 Beaches to explore in Norfolk

Norfolk

Norfolk is a county in East Anglia in England. It borders Lincolnshire to the northwest, Cambridgeshire to the west and southwest, and Suffolk to the south. Its northern and eastern boundaries are the North Sea and to the northwest, The Wash.Norfolk County’s most popular tourist attractions are the beaches, ports, towns and villages along Lake Erie, known as Ontario’s South Coast.

Brancaster Beach
Brancaster BeachBrancaster Beach, Brancaster, King's Lynn PE31 8AX, UK

vBrancaster beach is one of the best of North Norfolk's stunning beaches, with miles of unspoilt golden sand, stretching from Titchwell to Brancaster Staithe. This beach is part of the Brancaster Estate which is now owned by the National Trust. This iconic stretch of coast is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and also home to important natural features such as the tidal salt marshes of Scolt Head.

Cromer Beach
Cromer Beach41 Runton Rd, Cromer NR27 9AT, UK

Cromer is a traditional Victorian seaside resort, with a wide sand and shingle beach popular for swimming and surfing. Its popular activities include building sandcastles, swimming, watersports and rock pooling at low tide. The chalk cliffs are very steep and care should be taken when walking. Fishing is a treasured activity for both locals and tourists.

Gorleston-on-Sea (Beach)
Gorleston-on-Sea (Beach)Gorleston-on-Sea (Beach), 6 Pier Gardens, Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth NR31 6BU, UK

Gorleston-on-Sea has the biggest, sandiest beach for miles around, perfect for getting the family together to build sandcastles and fly a kite. Float your boat on the yachting pond, cool your toes in the paddling pool and explore the wide esplanade below the grassy cliffs. The glorious beach is a firm favourite with locals and visitors for lazy days in the sun, it's also one of the best destinations in the Great Yarmouth area if windsurfing, surfing or body-boarding is your preferred seaside act

Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach
Great Yarmouth Pleasure BeachS Beach Parade, Great Yarmouth NR30 3EH, UK

The Pleasure Beach, a nine acre amusement park on Great Yarmouth seafront is home to four roller coasters and numerous other attractions. The largest and most popular ride at the park is the Roller Coaster which was built there in 1932. There are also around thirty other large rides at the park, as well as children's entertainment, amusement arcades, catering facilities, sweet shops and ice cream parlours.

Holkham Bay
Holkham BayHolkham Bay, United Kingdom

Holkham Bay is the finest stretch of beach on the North Northfolk coast. There is something magical about this beach that just takes your breath away, and it is extremely difficult to capture in words how beautiful it is. The long drive way called ‘Lady Ann’s Drive’ guides you directly to one of the most unspoilt, beautiful stretches of sand in the UK.

Holkham beach
Holkham beachHolkham beach, Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1RG, UK

Holkham is one of the most unspoiled and beautiful stretches of sand in the country. Behind the shoreline lies a semi-circular basin, which, at very high tides, rapidly fills to form a spectacular shallow lagoon. As part of Holkham National Nature Reserve, the beach is home to large flocks of wintering birds and is an important site for breeding Little Terns, Ringed Plover and Oystercatcher. The extensive dune system is rich is wildlife with colorful carpets of yellow flowers in the summer which

Horsey Gap
Horsey GapHorsey Gap, Horsey NR29 4EJ, UK

A beautiful, wild, unspoilt sandy beach where nature abounds. Backed by one of the largest sand dune systems on the east coast, this beach is often deserted outside of summer. From November to the end of January the beach will be crowded with Seals and their newborn pups. It was one of the iconic attractions in this area and is famous among tourists.

Mundesley Beach
Mundesley BeachMundesley Beach, 9 Beach Rd, Mundesley, Norwich NR11 8BG, UK

Mundesley is a Sandy beach located near North Walsham in Norfolk. It is backed by a raised promenade lined with colourful wooden beach huts. Cliffs form the backdrop to the beach with pretty cliff top gardens where visitors can shelter and sit. The village was a popular seaside resort in Victorian times, benefiting from its own railway station which closed in 1964.

Old Hunstanton Beach
Old Hunstanton BeachOld Hunstanton Beach, Hunstanton PE36 6JJ, UK

A wide, sandy beach backed by dunes with beach huts nestled within, Old Hunstanton Beach is quieter and close to nature. The beach itself is a world away from the pebbles of Hunstanton main beach. Instead, it is an expanse of fine golden sand, backed by dunes and the renowned striped cliffs. Storms deposit items on the beach including marine life this may be strandings of cetaceans, mass strandings of starfish and shellfish or boats wrecked in storms.

Sea Palling Beach
Sea Palling BeachSea Palling Beach, Beach Rd, Sea Palling, Norwich NR12 0AL, UK

Sea Palling is an excellent sandy beach with 9 artificial offshore reefs created as part of a flood prevention scheme. Backed by sand dunes, the curving beach has been awarded Blue Flag status for its pristine waters and is rarely over-crowded. It has amusements, cafes and amenities just set back from the beach. This beach is one of a number of Norfolk beaches to be awarded the Blue Flag status.

Sheringham Beach
Sheringham BeachSheringham Beach, Promenade, Sheringham NR26 8LS, UK

Sheringham is an award-winning Blue Flag beach made up of sand with areas of shingle and larger stones. It was family friendly and has scenic walks along the promenade, which houses a row of colourful beach huts. Sheringham is also on the Deep History Coast Discovery Trail and has its own Discovery Point.

Map of Beaches to explore in Norfolk