Norfolk Beaches

Best Beaches in Norfolk

Grab your bucket & spade as we list some of the best beaches in Norfolk. According to thebeachguide.co.uk there are over 30 beaches to discover in Norfolk. Reaching from The Wash around to Hopton-on-Sea you will be absolutely spoilt for choice. Norfolk promises a holiday experience few other places can match, with a variety of scenery and activities. Clearly with over 90 miles of coastline there is something for everyone. From stunning beaches with pristine sand, to soaring cliffs, shingle spits, saltmarshes, and estuaries. In addition to all this the coast includes an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, many nature reserves, as well as seaside resorts with lots of family-friendly attractions.

Join some of the 2cHolidays team as they share their choices of the best beaches in Norfolk.

Wells / Holkham Beach

Chloe – Guest Co-ordinator

I love Wells and Holkham! The colourful beach huts that line the sand give me that traditional seaside feel. The beach is about a mile from the town centre, getting to and from is not a problem with the mini train that runs. Importantly for me is that there is lots of space on the beach so you are able to have your own space even in the summer. Golden Sand for miles and the designated swimming area makes Wells and Holkham my best beach in Norfolk.

Old Hunstanton Beach

Jason – Cleaning & Maintenance Co-ordinator

Definitely my best beach in Norfolk is Old Hunstanton. As a dog daddy to Bonnie our Collie we love visiting as she can enjoy the beach with no restrictions. The beach is mostly fine sand and is lined with the famous red striped cliffs. Although popular there is always plenty of space for us and Bonnie to enjoy. We love to visit in the summer evenings and chill out just the three of us on the sand and watch as the sun sets over the sea. Like Hunstanton, Old Hunstanton faces west which means it is a great spot to take in a sunset.

Thornham Beach

Mark – Guest Co-ordinator

Without a doubt for me the best beach in Norfolk is Thornham. This hidden gem is the perfect place to come and relax. The beach is roughly 15minutes walk from Thornham along the Norfolk Coast Path. As you follow the path you will cut through scenic salt marshes and dunes. As a photographer this beach provides me with those big Norfolk skies. After a day exploring the dunes and peace, I always head back into Thornham and visit Eric’s Fish & Chips.

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Dog Friendly Beaches Norfolk
Pet Friendly Holiday Cottages With Indoor Swimming Pool

Dog Friendly Beaches Norfolk

Unquestionably Norfolk has some of the best dog friendly beaches in the UK; on some of the beaches the tide recedes for miles, allowing you to enjoy beautiful swathes of sand. Make the trip even more special and bring your dog along. It should be noted many of Norfolk’ s beaches are dog friendly but do carry restrictions during the summer months. These restrictions normally run 1st May – 30th September. In addition to this some beaches have nesting birds from March to September, so it is advised to keep dogs on a lead to avoid disturbance.

Pull on your boots, grab the lead and come with us as we share the best dog friendly beaches Norfolk.

Holkham Bay:

Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches on the North Norfolk Coast or indeed the British Isles. Windswept sand dunes, a maze of creeks and shady pinewoods makes Holkham Bay the most diverse and dramatic nature reserve in Norfolk. Looking for a bit of solitude then Holkham is the beach for you, on many days the beach seems to literally go on forever. Little wonder the bay has been the setting for many TV and Film productions, most famously Shakespeare in Love which saw Gwyneth Paltrow tread the sands. Clearly with all this space your four-legged friend will enjoy having the space to run.

West Runton:

Famous for the Elephant, or Steppe Mammoth which was discovered in 1990, dating back to the ice age and one of the oldest fossil elephants to be found. It should be noted that West Runton has Blue Flag Status. Undoubtedly an excellent dog walking beach, you can easily walk from here to East Runton, about a mile. Make sure the tide is out, otherwise you will get stranded. As you walk along the cliffs keep your eye out for fossils, Runton is known as one of the best fossil collecting beaches around. Lovely hard sand makes walking a joy for both you and your furry friend.

Happisburgh:

Happisburgh (pronounced Hays-Bruh) is most well-known for its striking red and white lighthouse. However, in addition to this there is also a wonderful sandy and quite secluded beach. It should be noted that the beach has come about after many years of coastal erosion. Sadly, over the last 15 years the village has lost about 25 houses due to erosion. Despite this it has left a very unspoilt bay with stunning views of the picturesque lighthouse. On your walk down to the beach you should absolutely stop by the lighthouse. Its not often you get to get this close to the oldest working lighthouse in Britain. Once you hit the beach you will have it mostly to yourself. Your furry friend can enjoy miles of golden sand all the way to Sea Palling if the tide is out.

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Campsites in Norfolk near beach

Campsites or Holiday Parks pride themselves on location. At 2cHolidays we have many properties sited on beachfront parks. From busy family orientated parks to more subdued relaxing cliff top villages we have something to suit everyone. Norfolk has over 90 miles of glorious coastline to discover, book a seafront break today for just a £25 deposit.

Without a doubt what better way to start your day than heading to the beach, coffee in hand to enjoy the sun peeking over the horizon on the water. Sit back and enjoy the sand between your toes as you listen to the waves crashing on the shoreline. The following parks all sit along Norfolk beaches meaning you are only ever a few steps away from the sand.

Beach Front Parks

Hopton Holiday Park: Part of the Haven Holidays Group, Hopton offers everything you need for a seaside stay-cation. Located on the cliff top facing out to the beach you couldn’t get any closer to the sea. The final stretch of the 83 mile Norfolk Coastal Path ends in Hopton so what better place to rest those exhausted feet. In addition to direct beach access the park offers a pool with waterslides and palm tree fountains plus a family amusement centre making this an amazing place to treat the family. A modern entertainment venue, Cook’s fish and chips and a packed activity schedule makes this one of the top beach front parks in the county.

Lees Caravan Park: A small independent park in Hunstanton. It holds only a few accommodations, one being a lodge, another an apartment. This fantastic apartment gives you the perfect vantage point to sit and enjoy the beautiful sunsets over The Wash. Lees is the perfect base to explore this part of North Norfolk, with no entertainment facilities on site you can be guaranteed a relaxing break. Literally across the prom you can grab that coffee and head to the beach first thing for a relaxing walk.

Family Breaks

Caister Holiday Park: This historic park has direct access to the sandy beach. Caister Beach is very much in the shadow of the more popular and livelier Great Yarmouth however don’t let this put you off. With sand stretching for miles, you will never feel crowed on this extremely long beach. Caister Holiday Park backs onto the beach so is ideal for a fun filled family break. An adventure village lays at the heart of the park, with play areas to thrill-seeking activities. You and your family can importantly create some fantastic memories. Feel on top of the world as you take on the aerial adventure course or feel the rush of adrenaline as you take on ‘The Jump’. You and your little adventurers will climb to the top of the towers before taking turns to jump off into the waiting air pad below.

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Norfolk Beach Cottage

Importantly when we travel, we want our holiday accommodation to be a home from home. Without a doubt the best way to ensure this is to hire a Holiday Cottage. 2021 saw a boom in UK holidays with cottages being one of the top property choices. Clearly a cottage is the ideal choice for a large group be it friends or family. If you are new to UK holidays without a doubt a cottage may be a good choice. All the comforts and mod cons of home but by the sea.

Hemsby

Just north of Great Yarmouth you’ll find Hemsby and Newport which together form the lively village seaside resort commonly known as Hemsby. The village has several shops and eateries on hand. Beach Road is absolutely the place to head to be entertained. A range of amusements can be found including a fun fair and bingo, crazy gold and several clubs providing entertainment and dancing into the small hours.

You will love the sandy beach, sheltered by dunes. This wide sloping beach is ideal for the whole family to enjoy. Hemsby is a traditional quaint family seaside resort which keeps regulars flocking back year after year.

The Jasmines are two modern cottages just minutes from the sand. They are especially perfect if you have a large group as they are next door to each other and sleep a total of 16 people between them. Both offer 3 bedrooms, living areas and kitchen in addition to enclosed back gardens. As the properties are dog friendly you can rest assured that your furry friends will be safe in the garden. The cottages are importantly only a 2-minute walk to the beach, on the way you will pass the local fresh fish bar. Make sure to visit for some fresh Norfolk seafood.

Regency Apartments

Sandcastles and Seashells are two beautiful seaside apartments located just off the seafront in Great Yarmouth. Although clearly not cottages they are worth a mention. Both Sandcastle and Seashell are located on the same floor of a converted hotel on Regents Road. Obviously, this makes them ideal for family groups. Without a doubt both apartments have been decorated to a high standard with living and kitchen areas with all the mod cons and the master bedroom which features hotel quality beds and bedding.

There’s no-where quite like Regent Road, a lively avenue linking the seafront to the town centre, lit in the evening by a stunning ceiling of lights. One of Yarmouth’s liveliest places to be by day with crowds strolling and browsing the hundreds of unusual shops, enjoying food and drink in busy cafes and restaurants.

Seaside Rock

If you find yourself on Regents Road make sure to stop by Docwra’s Rock Shop. Without a doubt one of Yarmouth’s most famous attractions. Head in and surround yourself with all things sweet. Opened in 1922 and still going strong today not a lot has changed. The same process has been used for over 70 years. Watch in awe as the confectioners turn sugar into the multi-coloured sticks of rock we all know and love. Fill your bag with sweets, chocolates and rock and head back up the road to your cosy apartment, throw on a movie and relax before doing it all again tomorrow. Book today and secure yours for just £25.

Wells Beach Norfolk

Wells is famous for its vast, sweeping beach and beautiful pastel beach huts. There are few places better to relax, unwind and enjoy the sea air. Kick off your shoes, feel the sand between your toes and have fun paddling in the shallows. Alternatively walks the dogs, fly a kite, play games, build castles, or bird watch. Wells has it all.

Holkham Estate

The beach at Wells-next-the-Sea is a part of the Holkham Estate. Owned by the Coke family since 1612 the estate has become a haven for conservation. Led by their director of conservation Jake Fiennes, Holkham has become renowned for attracting thousands of wetland birds to its marshes and shoreline. You may recognise the name Fiennes? Jake is brother to Ralph and Joseph Fiennes famed for their acting prowess.

Despite one brother playing Shakespeare and the other Voldemort Jake has gained fame in the conservation world even being asked to speak at the COP26 summit in 2021. One of five siblings Jake has certainly made an impact on the wildlife around the estate. You can keep up to date with Jakes adventures around the estate by checking out his Twitter @jake_fiennes.

Beach Life

Wells beach is located 1 mile from the quaint harbour. You can access the beach by foot along the raised pathway with fabulous views of the surrounding marshes. The beach walk is wheelchair friendly and has ramps at both ends. Alternatively, you can park at the beach road car park. Make sure to arrive early as this car parks fills by mid-morning. Until recently you could take a ride on the famous Wells Harbour Railway. The narrow gauge railway ran from 1976 until last year when the current owner retired. Taking passengers from the town to Pinewoods Holiday Park the train was always a joy to see.

A Holkham spokesperson said, “The Wells Harbour Railway has provided transport in a special way for visitors to Wells Beach and to holidaymakers at Pinewoods for many years. Plans are now underway to have a replacement service ready for the 2022 visitor season. More details will be provided on this service before Easter.”

Pinewoods Holiday Park

When you reach the beach end of the road you are greeted with Pinewoods Holiday Park where we have a stunning caravan available to hire. Pinewoods is a beautiful site literally just a stones throw form the glorious sandy beach. In addition to this you will find the Beach Café, make sure you pick up some drinks and nibbles for your day in the sun. I can highly recommend the sausage rolls!

Importantly Wells Beach is monitored with RNLI Lifeguards from July to September so you can rest assured everyone will be safe in the water. The swimming area at Wells is marked with yellow buoys to avoid any cross over with moving boats. When one of the larger boats comes into the harbour grab your body board and wait for the swell to hit and ride it back into shore.

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Norfolk Beach Holidays

There are few coastal destinations as varied and beautiful as Norfolk. It’s a wonderful place to visit for a holiday with plentiful sea view holiday homes. Known for its long beaches and, waterways of The Broads and traditional seaside towns Norfolk makes the perfect holiday destination. Unquestionably one the most dog friendly counties in the UK, you will be pleased to hear that Norfolk has several dog friendly beaches along its coast, guaranteed to get the tail of your four-legged friend wagging.

Coastal Gems

‘Coastal Gems’ – with many of our properties so close to the coast you are never far away from on of Norfolk’s blue flag sandy beaches or family friendly seaside towns. We are sure the little ones and big kids too will have hours of fun trying their hand at crabbing, digging in the sand and ending the day with traditional fish and chips.

With all this on your doorstep, you will soon discover with fantastic scenery, low cliffs, sandy beaches, and dramatic landscapes why much of the Norfolk Coast has been given An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty status since 1968. In addition, there is the 62.5 mile Norfolk Coastal Path running from Hunstanton to Sea Palling – so you will never be far from a beautiful walk.

Being close to the coast doesn’t just mean beaches, as we also have a selection of historical sites for you to discover including Holkham Hall and Binham Priory. Notably Nature sites include Cley Marshes, Norfolk’s Wildlife Trust and the world renown RSPB Titchwell Marsh.

Norwich City

Look further inland and take a trip to the historic city of Norwich. With its Cathedral and Castle Norwich is full of history to discover. Shop till you drop in the independent shops of the lanes or head to Chantry Place and discover many household names. Stay for the evening and head out to the Riverside where you will find eateries and entertainment venues to keep your evening going.

Norfolk absolutely has so much going on isn’t it about time you book a stay in one of our many properties by the coast.