The north Norfolk coast
An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that offers something for everyone
From the elegant resort of Hunstanton in the west to the traditional seaside town of Sheringham in the east, a trip to North Norfolk comes hand-in-hand with wild landscapes, beautiful beaches and fabulous views.
Home to 45 miles of stunning coastline, much of this special part of the UK is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – and it’s easy to see why.
Here’s our selection of top-rated things to do, places to stay and culinary adventures to enjoy on your Weekend Escape to the north Norfolk coast.
Things to do
Renowned as a major birdwatching hotspot, a visit to one of the area’s abundant nature reserves will reveal an incredible array of wildlife. Take to the sea on a boat trip from Morston Quay to see the birds and spot the colony of grey seals that bask on the sandbanks at Blakeney Point.
The north Norfolk coast is also a haven for walkers, with no shortage of stunning scenery. Don your walking boots to explore the beautiful 7.7 mile stretch of salt marsh between Wells-Next-the-Sea and Blakeney – but be careful to keep an eye on the tide.
If your wanders take you inland, take a trip on the Wells & Walsingham Light Railway to see miles of glorious countryside, particularly noted for its wildflowers and butterflies. For a taste of this region’s rich history, spend a day discovering the delights of Holkham, a quiet village in the heart of Holkham National Nature Reserve and home to Holkham Hall. Inspired by Italian Renaissance architecture, a stroll along the corridors will reveal room after room of glittering splendour. When you’re finished exploring, kick back on the beach at Wells – consistently voted as one of the best in England.
Places to stay
From quirky hotels in unique settings to seaside cottages and tranquil campsites, North Norfolk has a range of options to cater to every taste, trip and budget.
Where to eat
North Norfolk’s rich agricultural heritage means that any visit will be abundant with delicious seasonal food created from locally-sourced ingredients. Fans of craft beer will also delight in the number of microbreweries – the area’s soil is perfect for growing malt barley.