Let’s Explore Fabulous Hunstanton Beach, West Norfolk

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As the only west-facing resort on the east coast of Britain, Hunstanton is well known for its stunning sunsets and famous red & white striped cliffs.

Let’s Explore Fabulous Hunstanton Beach, West Norfolk
Known locally as ‘Sunny Hunny’ it is one of the driest places in the country and as it faces west has some of the most stunning sunsets.  With beautiful sandy beaches, dunes, café’s and fabulous restaurants, this is a popular all year round holiday hotspot.

Discovering Hunstanton: A family friendly seaside haven on the West Norfolk coast

Nestled along the picturesque West Norfolk coast, Hunstanton is a true gem that seamlessly combines the charm of a traditional seaside town with the allure of nature’s beauty. While the town itself is a delightful place to explore, it’s Hunstanton beach that truly steals the spotlight. Often hailed as one of the best, West facing beaches in Norfolk, it offers a tranquil escape for those seeking to unwind by the seaside.

The stretch of Norfolk coast beaches is renowned for its stunning sunsets, gentle waves, and the iconic striped cliffs that provide a perfect backdrop for many memorable photographs.

When you explore the many award winning Norfolk beaches, the unique charm and beauty of Hunstanton beach with its welcoming atmosphere makes it stand out.

Whether you’re building sandcastles with the family, taking a leisurely stroll, or simply basking and taking in the wide horizons and big skies, Hunstanton offers an experience that is both refreshing and rejuvenating. So, if you’re planning a trip to the West Norfolk coast, make sure to put Hunstanton on your list of must-visit Norfolk coast beaches.

// Stunning sunset at Hunstanton beach

Hunstanton beach, why you should visit:

Hunstanton Beach is a destination that promises something for everyone. Whether you’re seeking a peaceful retreat or a lively family getaway, Hunstanton’s welcoming shores await you. Affectionately known as ‘Sunny Hunny’ by locals and visitors alike, is a coastal treasure that captivates visitors with its timeless charm and natural beauty.

  • Family friendly beach: Hunstanton Beach is a paradise for families seeking a fun and safe environment. With its gentle waves, clean sands, and ample space, it provides the perfect setting for building sandcastles, paddling, and creating cherished memories.
  • Wide Skies & Stunning Sunsets: Being on the West coast, the expansive skies of Hunstanton are a canvas painted with breathtaking sunsets. The beach offers an unobstructed view of the distant horizon, where the sun’s descent creates a mesmerising display of colours that leave a lasting impression. Be ready to take some amazing photos, we have too many to mention.
  • Iconic Striped Cliffs: The distinctive red and white striped cliffs of Hunstanton are a geological marvel and a photographer’s delight. These iconic cliffs add a unique touch to the landscape, making your visit truly unforgettable.
  • Dog-Friendly Beach: Hunstanton ensures that your four-legged friends are not left out of the fun. The beach is dog-friendly, allowing your pets to frolic freely and enjoy the seaside alongside you. Seasonal restrictions do apply, more information below for you.
  • Quintessential seaside experience: Hunstanton offers the classic British seaside experience, complete with a promenade, traditional amusements, and delightful eateries serving fresh seafood. The nostalgic charm is complemented by modern amenities, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable visit.

Feeling adventurous? Here’s some suggestions to quash your wanderlust:

// Beach huts & dunes at Old Hunstanton

Hunstanton beach; your questions answered

Hunstanton town is approached from one of two directions. From the South, Kings Lynn you take the A149 which takes you past places like Snettisham and Heacham, as you enter Hunstanton the coast is to your left, the beach is well signposted. If you approach from the East, Brancaster and Thornham direction you take the same road, the A149 which will bring you into Hunstanton to the same point, this time the sea is to your right and again, the beach is well sign posted.

There is plenty of parking in and around Hunstanton. You’ll find a large carpark right on the sea front and at various place in the town operating a chargeable pay and display system. Free on street parking around the towns side streets is plentiful with the beach only a short walk away. This option we prefer however during the summer these become more limited.

There are plenty of toilet facilities at Hunstanton Beach (inc disabled) open all year around. Whether you’re right on the beach, on the promenade or in the town, this is one place where you wont be caught short.

Dogs are very much welcome on Hunstanton Beach. There is a small, well signposted, dog-free zone May to September right in front of the amusements, the beach either side of this area is extensive for you and your four-legged friends to enjoy.

Hunstanton beach & town is very family and child friendly, the spacious beach has plenty of space and golden sand for sandcastles and fun, at low tide discover interesting rock pools for you and the kids to enjoy, young explorers may be lucky enough to find fossils among the rocks and shingle. With donkey rides, kite flying and even a wash monster, a boat with wheels to take you on little coastal trips, Hunstanton is a lovely seaside destination to enjoy with kids.

Hunstanton beach can vary depending on the time of year and weather conditions. During the summer months and on sunny weekends or holidays, Hunstanton beach tends to be more crowded due to its popularity as a seaside destination. However, it may be less crowded during the off-season or on weekdays.
Old Hunstanton Beach can be quieter and is close-to-nature, without any of the noisy amusements, a wide, sandy beach backed by dunes with beach huts nestled within. Perfect to escape the crowds!

Hunstanton beach offers swimming opportunities, but it’s essential to consider tidal conditions and potential strong currents, particularly during high tide.

Hunstanton does not have an active team of lifeguards on duty at any time of the year. This of course may change so please check the RNLI website >

Although it’s possible to occasionally spot seals at Hunstanton Beach, such encounters are relatively rare. These charming creatures typically prefer the sandbanks located a few miles from the beach, where they spend the majority of their time basking in the sun and thriving in their natural environment.

To help plan your visit and stay safe, take a look at the tide times at Hunstanton beach on the Tideschart website >

What is the all important weather like for your visit to Hunstanton beach? Stay up to date on the BBC weather website >

How do I stay safe on the beach?

Check the tide times before your visit, follow the safety signs on the beach. Don’t use inflatables at sea. In an emergency dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

Holiday Cottages and Norfolk Hideaways in Hunstanton
// Fabulous holiday home in Hunstanton

Holiday cottages, homes & Norfolk hideaways near Hunstanton beach

Opting for a stay in a Norfolk holiday cottage in Hunstanton or nearby allows you to fully embrace the allure of one of the best beaches on the West Norfolk can boast, while enjoying the vibrant life of the town. Whether you’re seeking a Norfolk family-friendly retreat or a luxury Norfolk cottage, there’s a perfect holiday haven in our collection.

Staying in a cottage in Hunstanton or nearby ensures that you’re perfectly positioned to enjoy all the attractions and natural beauty the area has to offer. So, delve into the variety of cottages and escapes and find your ideal holiday home away from home in one of our fabulous Hunstanton holiday cottages.

Here’s a selection of nearby, popular holiday destinations to help get you started:

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