Best beaches in Norfolk

Best beaches in Norfolk

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Norfolk stands tall at top of East Anglia and is one of the biggest tourism hotspots in the UK. With over 90 miles of unblemished coastline, it’s easy to see why the county’s visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches.

You’re never short of options in this eastern county, and in order to help you separate the cream of the crop from the rest, we’ve put together this much-debated list of the best beaches in Norfolk. These stretches of sand feature along a wide spec of the county’s coastline, meaning you’re never too far from one of the best on a stay in this rural region. Several are close to some of the best caravan parks in the county, namely the heavenly Haven spots at Caister-on-Sea, Hopton, Seashore and Wild Duck. All that’s left to do is have a nose, see where to stay and get planning your next great staycation to Norfolk.

Great Yarmouth North and South, Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth

No list of the best beaches in Norfolk would be complete without the inclusion of what is Norfolk’s seaside staple. Great Yarmouth is edged into UK coastal folklore, and with good reason. The beach is a centre of activity, with the famous pier providing more than a few slices of entertainment over the years. In fact, it’s been welcoming visitors since it was built in 1858, becoming a bastion of leisure throughout the calendar year ever since.

Formed by stretches of sand north and south of the pier structure, the latter is often considered the quieter with dunes ideal for quiet relax as you take in the fresh sea air. Whether you’re close to the centre or a little further afield, a dip in the North Sea is always enticing with some of the calmest waters in the region. Great Yarmouth’s beaches are also some of the most developed in the county, coming to life over the summer months with a whole host of events organised. There’s an array of rides just steps from the sand, and you can’t leave the Norfolk coast’s poster town without trying the poster meal. A firm favourite of this writer, the fish and chips options really are endless. Stick to the seafront and you’ll find something that’s sure to satisfy yours and the family’s tastebuds.

Holkham Beach, Wells-next-the-Sea

Holkham (Wells-next-the-Sea)

One of the finest Blue Flag beaches in England, let alone Norfolk, Holkham sits north of the town of Wells-next-the-Sea on the county’s north coast. The geography here is peculiar and beautiful, with the beach separated from the town by a lovely fleet of water flowing directly from the North Sea south into the heart of this Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It may be one of the longer journeys from Haven’s Norfolk parks, but the extra effort is well worth it. Vast expanses of golden sand come to life on a stroll through this relatively rural paradise, and at low tide this expanse is nearly as long as it is wide. Even in the busiest periods, you’re pretty much guaranteed a relaxing spot here, and with all the town’s amenities just a 20-minute walk or short cycle away, there’s plenty of refreshment at hand too. The beach has featured in popular productions such as The Eagle Has Landed and The Avengers, so don’t be surprised if a few spots look a little familiar.

Vast expanses of golden sand come to life on a stroll through this relatively rural paradise, and at low tide this expanse is nearly as long as it is wide. Even in the busiest periods, you’re pretty much guaranteed a relaxing spot here, and with all the town’s amenities just a 20-minute walk or short cycle away, there’s plenty of refreshment at hand too. The beach has featured in popular productions such as The Eagle Has Landed and The Avengers, so don’t be surprised if a few spots look a little familiar.

Caister Point, Caister-on-Sea

Caister Point

Conveniently located next to our caravan park at Caister-on-Sea, Caister Point is a short distance from the much busier Great Yarmouth, with all the same ingredients as far as the sand goes. There are miles and miles of dunes to be discovered when you head here (or take the short walk from our Caister-on-Sea park). There’s a fair chance you’ll have more space to yourself than the average beach on Norfolk’s east coast, setting you up for one of the best seaside experiences the region has to offer.

Wildlife also takes advantage of this more peaceful setting, with seals a sight for many a Caister visitor due to their colony up the coast at Horsey. Look out to sea and see something equally spellbinding. The Scoby Sands windfarm is an impressive piece of infrastructure whose offshore operation supplies thousands of local homes with electricity. Despite its relative calm, you won’t be short of options to eat and drink just a short distance from the sand in the town or on our park. All-in-all, Caister Point’s impressive ingredients seal it a firm place on the list of best beaches in Norfolk.

Winterton Beach, Winterton-on-Sea

Winterton-on-Sea

A short drive north of our Norfolk parks is Winterton-on-Sea, a fantastic addition to our list of the best beaches in Norfolk. The sand here brings fluffy to the next level, with the dunes widely regarded as some of the finest in the county. One of the quieter stretches on this list, it’s another where you can guarantee an escape from the hustle and bustle, and that comparison doesn’t just apply to the rest of the country, but to the busier places in Norfolk too.

Serene but easy to access, you’ll spot a range of wildlife making this part of the coast their home. The aforementioned seals of Horsey also show their face from time to time around here. The blustery breeze from the North Sea is often full of beans, which is just as well as there’s another rather large wind farm out in the distant water. When you’re done on the sand, head for the nearby quaint village to be fed and watered.

Cromer Beach, Cromer

Cromer

Cromer is a colossal name amongst Norfolk residents, and with good reason. Its sandy shores attract many visitors from and wide, taking advantage of its position with great links to both the North and South of England. Located firmly within the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Blue Flag beach is immensely popular amongst swimmers and surfers taking advantage of the waves the North Sea never fails to conjure up. A sand and shingle base forms the beach itself.

It’s the unique Victorian buildings standing over the sea that make this one of the best beaches in Norfolk, with one of the most quaint backdrops of any coastal stretch in the country, let alone the county. The Victorian vibe is joined by the charming pier and a whole host of seafood eateries that confirm Cromer’s place as one of the hubs of good food by the sea. Your tastebuds will be satisfied, and with it being just an hour’s drive from our Norfolk parks, you can’t go wrong on a day out here.