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Best seaside towns in Norfolk

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Norfolk has some of the best beaches and seaside towns in the country spread across its 90 miles of coastline. Perhaps the most famous among the towns are the traditional seaside resorts of Great Yarmouth and Cromer.

There are loads plenty of lesser-known hidden gems for you to discover too, and tucked away within lush countryside you’ll also find quieter towns where you can escape the crowds. If you’re going on a holiday to Norfolk and haven’t done your research yet then let us enlighten you with some of our expertise. The locations you’ll find below are the best seaside towns in Norfolk with spectacular beaches, wonderful walking routes and wildlife, iconic attractions, amusements and much more.

Caister-on-Sea

Ciaster-on-Sea

Caister-on-Sea is a charming seaside town with wide, sandy, unspoilt stretches of beach and grassy dunes. The town’s south beach near Great Yarmouth starts from behind Caister's Independent Lifeboat Station. This beautiful beach boasts views across to the Scroby Windfarm and is a firm favourite with residents and visitors alike. The beach is known for its good surfing conditions, particularly during the quieter months either side of summer so you can hit the waves. If that’s not your cup of tea you can visit the Motor Museum or Caister Lifeboat visitor centre.

Caister-on-Sea is home to a Haven site that goes by the same name as the village and is found next to a splendid Roman fort. If you’re looking for a park that has something for every taste and generation then this is the one for you. The brand-new Adventure Village is bundles of fun with off-roaders, as well as the Aerial Adventure. The village itself has variety of shops, restaurants, cafés, a supermarket and other amenities, making it a particularly ideal self-catering base.

Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth

With its sandy beaches and two historic piers, Great Yarmouth is Norfolk’s flagship beach town and is ever popular with families during the summertime. The town is also home to two excellent theme parks in the Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach and Joyland where you will find no shortage of restaurants, amusement rides, and arcades.

However, it’s not just the rollercoasters. A variety of other top-notch attractions mean that a visit to Great Yarmouth will keep even the liveliest of kids entertained. There are the ever-entertaining penguins and scary sharks at the SEA LIFE aquarium, whilst the Merrivale Model Village features bewildering miniature landscapes and buildings. For older visitors with a keen interest in history, the Time and Tide Museum traces the local story of Great Yarmouth while the Nelson Museum focuses on the life of the country’s great admiral.

Hunstanton

Husntanton

Hunstanton is a purpose-built Victorian resort town renowned for its unique striped cliffs and magnificent sunsets that are brought to life by the town’s position as the only west-facing resort on the eastern side of England. There are all sorts of family activities such as Pitch-and-Putt, Crazy Golf, and the Oasis Leisure Centre. There’s something for the adults too. You can find some peace and quiet at the tranquil Esplanade Gardens, just one of many of the town’s gardens which are especially delightful during the spring and summer months. You can follow a self-guided Horticultural Trail to make sure you experience all of the delights in what is one of the best seaside towns in Norfolk.

There’s something for the adults too. You can find some peace and quiet at the tranquil Esplanade Gardens, just one of many of the town’s gardens which are especially delightful during the spring and summer months. You can follow a self-guided Horticultural Trail to make sure you experience all of the delights in what is one of the best seaside towns in Norfolk.

Blakeney

Blakeney

This charming coastal village lies within the Norfolk Coast, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Featuring quaint flint cottages that were once home to the local fisherman, Blakeney has plenty of venues to eat as well as pubs, gift shops and art galleries to browse. The National Nature Reserve of Blakeney allows for uninterrupted views of the majestic coastline as well as the local birdlife and even seals! Be sure to hop on the boat to Blakeney Point to visit the seal colonies in this National Nature Reserve where over 2,000 seal pups are born annually.

The National Nature Reserve of Blakeney allows for uninterrupted views of the majestic coastline as well as the local birdlife and even seals! Be sure to hop on the boat to Blakeney Point to visit the seal colonies in this National Nature Reserve where over 2,000 seal pups are born annually.