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Top 4 Beaches in Norfolk

Top 4 Beaches in Norfolk

Some hidden gems for your summer trips  

4) Hunstanton Beach 

Hunstanton has two areas of the beach, the part nearest the resort being largely made of shingle and boulders heading into the sea, and just north of that, the delightful beach of Old Hunstanton, which has a vast expanse of fine, golden sand when the tide is out. It is the only resort town in East Anglia which faces west, making the beach relatively sheltered from sea breezes and an excellent place to enjoy watching the sunset.

From buzzing family ventures such as Crazy Golf, Pitch-and-Putt, and the Oasis Leisure Centre to the tranquil Esplanade Gardens there is something for everyone

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Type of beach = Sandy

Lifeguard service = Yes

Dogs friendly beach? = Not allowed during summer months 

Activities = Donkey rides, Kite surfing, Windsurfing

Facilities = Promenade

3) Cromer Beach 

Cromer is such a scenic beach with beautiful blue waters. Beach facilities are good with toilets, shops, food stands and a slipway. The 70m high cliffs support Cromer Lighthouse and are rich in fossils dating back to the Pleistocene era.

Fishing is a cherished activity for both locals and tourists. Cromer is renowned for the quality of the crabs which have been fished in the region for centuries. The town, situated at the top of the cliffs, has a handsome church and is surrounded by good walks. The chalk cliffs are very steep and care should be taken when walking.

Image source: https://thegrovecromer.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/cromer-pier.jpg

Type of beach = Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service = Yes

Dogs friendly beach? = restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

Activities = Kayaking/canoeing, Fishing, Crabbing, Swimming/bathing, Surfing

Facilities = Pier

2) Brancaster Beach 

Brancaster beach is a member of the Brancaster Estate, which is now owned by the National Trust. This expansive stretch of smooth golden, unblemished sand is a year-round favourite. With literal miles of beach, there is plenty of room for summer picnics and romantic winter walks. 

As well as being a good family beach with all this sand space, Brancaster is a popular spot for windsurfing, kite surfing and various buggies. There’s so much to do, but we mainly like to walk around and paddle leisurely. You can find a beautiful inlet where you can potentially sit and observe the seals on the opposite bank. There are also beautiful rock pools and a pebbly outcrop where you can search for shells and starfish or build sandcastles with your child.

Image source: https://wellsguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/BrancasterKR02-1200px.jpg

Type of beach = Sandy

Lifeguard service = No

Dogs friendly beach? = Dogs allowed all year round

Activities = Kite surfing, Windsurfing

Facilities = Shop

1) Mundesley Beach 

Mundesley is considered one of Norfolk’s finest beaches, long and sandy with safe swimming at low tide and all the amenities and charm of a popular seaside resort. It is ideal for children and families, and couples. The long stretch of firm golden sand is backed by cliff-top gardens housing the world’s smallest maritime museum! A further point of interest is a clifftop memorial to the Bomb Disposal teams that cleared the Norfolk coast of landmines post WW2.

Dog walkers are allowed at certain times in the designated areas. The surrounding countryside is charming with plenty of walks, plus only a fairly short distance to the broads, for example, Wroxham not far.

Image source: https://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-m/1280/15/28/fe/2c/mundesley-holiday-village.jpg

Type of beach = Sandy

Lifeguard service = Yes

Dogs friendly beach? = Allowed during certain months, in certain areas

Activities = Kayaking/canoeing, Good fishing, swimming/bathing, Surfing

Facilities = Shop

Ginger & Gold Recommends…

We have checked out all of the places below and rate them highly!  

(We have checked they are open as of 29th Oct 2020 so hopefully will be open again after lock 2.0) 

Top City Centre places to see  –

Norwich Castle – the finest example of a Norman castle in England which houses a fantastic museum inside.

https://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/norwich-castle

Norwich Cathedral – Simple beautiful! (free to enter too)

https://www.cathedral.org.uk/

Norwich Market – an old medieval market place brought up to date and still one of the best in the UK

https://www.visitnorwich.co.uk/service/norwich-market/

Roman Catholic Cathedral and Plantation gardens – have a nice relaxing walk around victorian gardens hidden in the city centre.

https://www.visitnorwich.co.uk/service/plantation-garden/

Must-See Coastal Norfolk to visit in the car –

Cromer & East Runton – beautiful pier walk and long sandy beaches with some crab rock pools. Try No1 chips for the best in town!

https://www.visitnorthnorfolk.com/places/cromer.aspx

Waxham & Horsey  – Here you get to see a very peaceful and natural part of the Norfolk coast, often with wild seals resting on the beaches – would need to be comfortable walking over sand dunes, but well worth it!

https://www.friendsofhorseyseals.co.uk/visiting-horsey-seals/

Great Yarmouth – lots of amusements and long sandy beaches along with the Pleasure Beach for rides!

https://www.great-yarmouth.co.uk/

Wells Next to the Sea – typical Norfolk seaside town with a small train to ride to the forest walk and sand dunes that boasts beach huts overlooking one of the most beautiful beaches in Norfolk (close to Holkham hall if you wish to tie it in on a day out)

https://www.visitnorthnorfolk.com/places/wells-next-the-sea-holkham.aspx

Our favourite Walks in Norfolk –

Sheringham Park – a beautiful country house walk involving gardens/ woodland and even via the steam station and the coast if you choose to venture that far 🙂

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sheringham-park/features/take-a-walk-at-sheringham-park

Norwich Riverside walk and Cathedral Walk – a nice short walk through the heart of Norwich, I would tie this in with a visit to the cathedral too!

https://griffmonster-walks.blogspot.com/2012/04/norwich-riverside-walk.html

Norfolk Coastal Path Various Routes & Lengths – lots of choices depending on which part of the coast you choose (I would recommend a walk from Weybourne to Sheringham as a particular favourite)

https://www.visitnorfolk.co.uk/inspire/norfolk-coastal-path.aspx

Top Country houses to visit

Blickling Hall – Very well kept large country estate only 20 minutes north of Norwich.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blickling-estate

Felbrigg Hall – Beautiful grounds for long country walks, not far from Cromer if you are heading there for the day

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/felbrigg-hall-gardens-and-estate

Holkham Hall – 1.5 hours from Norwich but arguably the biggest and best example of a country hall in Norfolk, very near Wells next tot he sea – deer runs throughout the grounds here.

https://www.holkham.co.uk/

Top attractions for younger children –

Pettitts Animal Adventure Park – great for rides, animals and activities such as sand pit digging and crazy golf! (this is our son’s favourite place at 3 years old!)

https://www.pettittsadventurepark.co.uk/

BeWilder Wood – an enchanted wood full of adventure for children – very popular!

https://www.bewilderwood.co.uk/

Wroxham Barns – farm animals, a cafe, rides and some shops in a little village near the broads. why not stop at Wroxham for either boat hire or just to Feed the Ducks 😉

https://www.wroxhambarns.co.uk/

Top attractions for older children/teens –

Pleasure wood Hills Theme park – closest larger theme park just over the border in Suffolk.

https://pleasurewoodhills.com/

Gravity Trampolining – Norwich based and great to expend some energy!

https://gravitynorwich.centeredgeonline.com/?utm_campaign=trampoline-park-bof&utm_source=googleads&gclid=CjwKCAjw8-78BRA0EiwAFUw8LNgXIrQTjDTdxP_tFRZaM44zKD2BoCKT0zbt5XL0CpW_kx3Ex3eOVxoC8hMQAvD_BwE

Cryptic Escape rooms – great fun mystery rooms in Norwich!

https://cryptic-escape.co.uk/

Fun activities for all ages

Boat or canoe hire – Wroxham, Stalham or Norwich locations for this 🙂

https://thecanoeman.com/norwichhire.php

https://thecanoeman.com/wroxhamhire.php

https://www.visitthebroads.co.uk/things-to-do/boating/boathire

Norwich Dry Ski Slope

https://www.norfolksnowsports.com/

Quasar laser tag

https://quasarnorwich.com/

Top Zoos –

Banham – a great mid-size local zoo!

https://www.banhamzoo.co.uk/groups-schools/educational-discovery-sessions/

Africa Alive – largest locally just over the border in Suffolk

https://www.africa-alive.co.uk/visit-the-park/

Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens – lots of animals including Tigers!

https://www.thrigbyhall.com/

Amazonia Zoo – small but great for younger children when visiting Cromer 🙂

https://amazonazoo.co.uk/

Visit the Norfolk Broads – 

Thurn – nice local pub ‘The lion’ and sites over the Norfolk landscape.

http://www.tournorfolk.co.uk/thurne.html

Salhouse – a nice mature walk down to a quieter broad – very beautiful in good weather!

https://www.salhousebroad.org.uk/

Wroxham – known as the ‘capital of the Broads’,  the home of the largest village store – Roys, feed the ducks, hire boats locally and enjoy kens chips or ice cream and drink at ‘The old mill’.

https://www.broads.co.uk/guide-to-the-broads/places-to-explore-on-the-norfolk-broads/wroxham

Potter Heigham – a great place for village shopping, feeding the ducks seeing the broads locally.

http://www.tournorfolk.co.uk/potterheigham.html

Fairhaven Woodland and water garden – riverside walk in a well-kept garden near the broads.

https://www.fairhavengarden.co.uk/

Top shopping area –

Lanes of Norwich– unique independent boutique shops (a really great place to visit after some lunch at the Belgium Monk)

https://norwichlanes.co.uk/

Chapel field shopping Mall / Chantry place– bright and large, full of known brands!

https://chantryplace.co.uk/

Castle Mall – Some games rooms and an arcade along with soft play area and many shops.

https://castlequarternorwich.co.uk/

Where to Eat and Drink

Where to drink locally –

Adam and Eve – probably the oldest pub in Norwich! Great location to stop at during the riverside walk and the Cathedral visit

https://historyofnorfolk.com/norwich/adam-and-eve-history-norwich/

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186342-d4085954-Reviews-Adam_Eve_Norwich-Norwich_Norfolk_East_Anglia_England.html

Belgium Monk – huge range of strong European beers – try the cherry beer for something a bit different!

http://www.thebelgianmonk.com/

Fat Cat / Fat Cat brewery tap  – the biggest range of ales you will find in a pub locally – an award-winning pub! (and the brewery tap is its sister pub)

http://www.fatcatpub.co.uk/

Chambers – For cocktails near the river

https://chamberscocktailcompany.co.uk/

Boom battle bar – a bar with a twist! Try out axe throwing or crazy golf as you drink (what a mix!)

https://castlequarternorwich.co.uk/2020/07/23/boom-battle-bar/

Where to eat locally – 

Middletons – Amazing Steaks! (best in Norwich in our opinion)

https://middletons-shg.co.uk/restaurants/norwich/

Haggle – Turkish restaurant with amazing reviews (try the Tajin Budd!)

http://hagglerestaurant.com/menu/

Zaks – full plate American diner with delicious burgers!

https://www.zaks.uk.com/

Brix n bones – Lots of tasty meaty dishes served here, Gonzo’s is a nightclub/bar attached if you are wanting to head out for the evening! (also great brunch served here)

https://brixandbones.co.uk/

Goulash House – for amazing traditional Hungarian food! This is one of the top restaurants in Norwich on TripAdvisor and this is in the same building as our Yoxford House accommodation – a must-try! (Mention that you are staying with Ginger and Gold for an additional discount)

http://www.goulashhouse.co.uk/content/about.php

Merchant of Spice (beautiful building and surroundings) or Ali Tandoori (more traditional curry house) – Both great Indian restaurants in the heart of Norwich.

https://www.merchantsofspice.co.uk/

https://alitandoori.co.uk/

Giggling Squid – if you like Thai food you’ll love this!

https://www.gigglingsquid.com/restaurant/norwich/

Belgium Monk – great for vegan and vegetarian options alongside a full regular menu (amazing beer choice too!)

http://www.thebelgianmonk.com/

Trattoria Rustica – best Italian restaurant in Norwich – very authentic!

https://www.trattoriarustica.com/

Benedicts Restaurant – get dressed up and try so fine dining in the heart of St benedicts street (only a few minutes from  our St Benedict’s View and City Heights accommodation)

https://www.restaurantbenedicts.com/

The Ivy – another great fine dining experience!

https://theivynorwich.com/

Rooftop Gardens – huge choice of meals while admiring the view over Norwich from a rooftop location (Cocktails served here too!)

https://rooftopgardens.co.uk/

Olives – for the best English breakfast in Norwich

https://www.olivesofnorwich.com/

Country pubs that are a bit further out – 

Fur and Feathers in Woodbastwick – near Wroxham so a great place to stop at if you are heading out of the city, this pub is part of the famous Woodford’s brewery (you can pay for a tour if you wish), a lot of the hearty foods contain the ales made on site!

https://www.woodfordes.com/the-fur-feather-restaurant-brewery-tap/

The Pigs in Edgefield – seasonal hearty food a short drive out from Norwich (lots of pork options and so many specials) – if you are looking for Spa treatments, this is the place to visit too.

https://www.thepigs.org.uk

Byfords of Holt – traditional farm shop and cafe with nearby pub – great to visit the antique shops and then grab a bite to eat here!

https://www.byfords.org.uk

Top Take away food-  

We recommend using the ‘Just Eat’ App to check for deliveries.

Take Thai – (mix of Thai and Chinese)

https://www.takethai.co.uk/thai-takeaway-menu/

Ali Tandoori – great takeaway or to eat in (see above)

https://alitandoori.co.uk/

Governor fish bar – for fish and chips – best in Norfolk and won national awards!

http://www.fshshop.com/

Looking for something else not mentioned above? 

Message us directly with what you are looking for and we are sure to be able to point you in the right direction!