Beaches in Norfolk
Norfolk is one of the most accessible places you can head to for a beach-filled staycation. Easy to reach from both the North and South of England, it’s hard to believe that some coastal areas of the county are actually closer to the Netherlands than they are to many English cities.
Despite the remnants of medieval Dutch influence, the towns, villages and the beaches that accompany them are quintessentially English, and with over 90 miles of coast to choose from, you’re never short of options. This beach guide shows the strength in depth Norfolk has up its sleeve, with household names joined by hidden gems. Our four Norfolk caravan parks are some of the best places for a break in the county. Caister-on-Sea, Hopton, Seashore and Wild Duck are all located in and around the Great Yarmouth area, giving guests fuss-free access to fantastic beaches in Norfolk.
Looking for the cream of the crop? Check out our list of the best beaches in Norfolk.
Beach walks: great access to Great Yarmouth
There’s no greater feeling than heading on a Haven holiday and taking a walk along the beaches in Norfolk. Three of our Norfolk parks are dotted along the sea, with Caister-on-Sea and Seashore perfect for a stroll into the ever-famous Great Yarmouth Beach. It takes just one hour from Caister, and 30 mins from Seashore to reach the heart of the town. Down in Hopton, you’re just a stone’s throw from Norfolk’s border with Suffolk, and you can cross this via some of the best vantage points the North Sea coast can throw up.
Take the two-mile journey south to Corton and cross this ancient boundary. Wild Duck’s woodland serves up something truly unique in the Haven family, and this untouched space on the edge of the Norfolk Broads is just as maritime as the beaches in Norfolk a few miles east.
Beach history: featured in film
California may be associated with across the pond, but it’s also one of the finest beaches in Norfolk and is just a stone’s throw from our Caister-on-Sea holiday park. Why the name we hear you ask? Well, there is an historical reason for it. Gold coins were discovered on the sand in 1848 at a time when California stateside had a booming goldrush. Fast forward a couple of centuries and California, Norfolk happily sits as the lesser-known sibling that’s nearly as glamorous. Caister itself contains a Roman Fort and Castle of its own, reminding visitors of its strategically important location within relative proximity of mainland Europe.
Great Yarmouth’s pier isn’t just a hub of entertainment, it’s a historical masterpiece that’s stood since 1848. Ahead of its time, it still serves visitors from far and wide for their fix of the seaside. Further afield, there’s Victorian houses in abundance opposite Cromer Beach, and Holkham Beach near Wells-next-the-Sea has featured in the popular films like The Eagle Has Landed and The Avengers, giving it a permanent place in cultural folklore.
Beach attractions: fun for all the family
Great Yarmouth is the centrepiece of attractions away from our parks, and it's easy to see why the town has become a household name of the seaside. Beaches in Norfolk don’t come any better than this, and when you throw in places like the Hippodrome Circus, SeaLife and Joyland Children’s Fun Park, you have an incredible itinerary for all the family to enjoy.
If you fancy a car ride, go north to Cromer for a day out full of tasty seaside treats, or go south to Suffolk and discover the UK’s easternmost point at Ness Point in Lowestoft.