With its rolling countryside, award-winning beaches and rich cultural history, North Norfolk is one of the best and arguably our most popular destination for holidaymakers in England.
Discover the North Norfolk coast
The spectacular, unspoilt coastline is the biggest attraction in the region, this is big sky county where the sky meets the sea. The towns and villages peppered along the North Norfolk coast provide visitors with an abundance pristine beaches and natural beauty to visit, explore and enjoy.
Alongside the picturesque, highly-rated beaches, the coastline is packed with an incredible landscape of tidal marshes, shingle spits and creeks. The region also has a rich cultural history, from the Victorian pier of Cromer to the prehistoric mammoth skeleton unearthed in West Runton, ensuring there is something for the entire family.
Away from the breath-taking beauty of the coast, North Norfolk features stunning rolling countryside, perfect for afternoon strolls and taking in the local wildlife. The area also hosts a vibrant collection of market towns, each having a unique story to showcase to visitors. Alongside the popular markets and events, towns such as Aylsham or Blakeney have a host of delicious restaurants serving up everything from freshly caught seafood to unique sweet treats!
Here we feature four of our more popular destinations along the Norfolk coast where we showcase a selection of coastal holiday cottages, homes and fabulous places to stay on holiday.
One of the most spectacular and popular destinations in North Norfolk, Wells-next-the-Sea is a must-visit destination for holidaymakers. The rich fishing history of the region runs through the town, and the ancient, vibrant port is still functioning to this very day.
Sandwiched between two spectacular areas of natural beauty, Blakeney Point and Holkham beach, Wells-next-the-Sea is a thriving hub of activity. Much of the focus is around the Quayside, which is a popular place to sit and watch the boats arriving over a glass of wine or plate of delicious fresh seafood.
The quaint Staithe Street winds its way from the quay through the town, featuring many independent businesses and shops that have been there for generations. A short walk up the hill towards the Buttlands will reveal a stunning area of natural beauty with a lime tree-lined green sitting amongst a host of classic Victorian houses and fantastic pubs.
Heading in the opposite direction will see you arrive on the iconic Wells beach. The vast beach, famous for its colourful beach huts, is perfect for a day playing on the sands with your family, taking in the fresh air and unwinding in the sun.
The village of Blakeney is famous for its vibrant history, with the region playing host to smuggling, piracy and an active medieval port. Nowadays, the tranquil area acts as the perfect base to explore the North Norfolk coast.
Thanks to its incredible history, the small village is immediately enchanting and offers spectacular views of the sea. Perfect for couples and families alike, the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is famed for its wildlife, with Blakeney Point hosting the largest seal colony in the UK, with over 2,000 pups being born each year! Booking on a boat trip will help you get up close with these amazing creatures whilst the small harbour makes the perfect location to go crabbing.
A short walk through the flint cottage lined village will reveal some fantastic restaurants whilst Blakeney is renowned for its warm and friendly pubs – offering visitors the perfect spot to relax after a day exploring. Head towards the edge of the village, and you will come across St Nicholas church, which was built in the 13th century whilst a few miles beyond that lies Cley-next-the-Sea, which offers incredible views over the marshes.
Just a stone’s throw from the stunning coastline, Burnham Market is the most popular village in ‘The Burnhams’, a cluster of communities based around the River Burn. The ancient settlement is the perfect example of Georgian architecture alongside the more modern red-brick style properties that have become synonymous with Norfolk.
Considered one of the most picturesque towns in North Norfolk, it sits alongside a beautiful green and features a vibrant high street that features over 30 independent designer shops, restaurants, cafes and delis. Strolling through the village will also see you discover a host of unique stores selling unique artwork and home accessories.
Although Burnham Market is the most famous of the Burnham villages, they are all within walking distance, giving you access to a wide choice of restaurants and pubs. A few miles away is the Deepdale Marsh, a stunning area of natural beauty and wildlife.
Hunstanton, or Hunston as the locals refer to it, is a perfect seaside town for families looking to explore the wonders of North Norfolk. Beginning as a purpose-built holiday resort, the spot retains that charm today and is a popular destination for all ages.
The town is packed with amusements for children, with Crazy Golf, Pitch-and-Putt and arcade games, giving them hours of entertainment. For adults, it features an array of stunning and tranquil gardens, with a popular self-guided Horticultural Trail allowing visitors to take them all in. The famous red and white striped cliffs are also just a short walk away, giving spectacular views over the sea.
In the summer months, the family-friendly beach is the perfect spot for a day playing in the sand and exploring the rock pools. If you are feeling peckish, then there is an abundance of ice cream and fish and chip shops, as well as some delicious restaurants.
Brancaster is known for its simply stunning sandy beach. It stretches for miles backed by gentle sand dunes and the famous links golf course of The Royal West Norfolk Golf Club. Walk to the left of the golf club house and you will find the seals that bask on the creek edges.
Paddle in the tidal lagoons or walk for miles along the beach to where the shipwreck of the SS Vina. The beach is perfect for sunbathing and picnics (stock up at the village shop) and kite surfers provide exciting entertainment on windy days.
Wildlife along the coast is abundant and accessible and you will see Marsh Harriers wheel overhead along with Avocets, Oyster Catchers and Terns. Call at the fabulous village shop/deli to stock up on local cheeses and freshly baked bread or to buy the Sunday newspapers or treats for supper.
A walk along the Norfolk coast path brings you to Brancaster Staithe which bustles with sailing fraternity when there’s a high tide, with sailing craft and boats crammed onto the hard. Home to Brancaster Staithe Sailing Club, you can also elect to book a boat trip with Branta Cruises and enjoy a day out at Scolt Head Island which is owned and run by the National Trust.