Tripadvisor: The 9 Best Beaches in Norfolk

Stays were in full swing this summer and Norfolk beaches were very busy.

Now the summer vacation is over and it could be a great time to visit one of the most popular places on the coast.

According to Tripadvisor, here are the nine best beaches in Norfolk as of September 7, 2021.

1. Hunstanton

Hunstanton is known for the unique geology of its striped cliffs. It’s also the only east-facing resort in England, which makes it the perfect stop to watch the sunset.

The town itself has a lot of Victorian charm with rides and boardwalks. The long, sandy beach has rock pools to explore, making it a great choice for a day out with the kids.


Wells-next-the-Sea is known for its beach huts
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2. Well-by-the-sea

Wells-next-the-Sea has a lot to offer beachgoers. The rows of beach huts make it one of the most photogenic spots on the Norfolk coast.

When you’re done paddling in the ocean, head to one of the many restaurants, cafes, and pubs in this quaint seaside town.


People enjoy the summer sun on Cromer Beach.  PICTURED: ANTONY KELLY

Cromers Victorian Pier always has a lot of theater events
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3. Cromer

Cromer Beach has long been a favorite with vacationers. The Victorian pier has plenty of year-round entertainment and the fish and chip shops will delight you.

The blue flag beach can be pebbly at high tide, but you can take a stroll along the sand at low tide.


Gray seal colony resting on the beach at Horsey, NorfolkFebruary 2010Image: James BassFor: FilerEa

Horsey has one of the largest colonies of Atlantic gray seals in the country
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4. Horsey

If wildlife hunting is your thing, Horsey should be at the top of your list. Horsey Beach is home to one of the largest colonies of Atlantic gray seals in the UK. Hundreds of people are resting in the sand and playing in the water.

It is a pristine and relatively quiet stretch of beach. If you visit in the fall months, the seal birth season is a fascinating spectacle.


Holkham Beach, one of the local beaches Claire goes to look for clams

Holkham is a regular setting in Hollywood films
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5. Holkham

Holkham Beach seems to stretch for miles with its beautiful long sand and grass dunes. Holkham regularly appears on the UK’s best beaches lists and has been used as a setting in Hollywood films.

The nearby Holkham Hall is also worth a visit. The breathtaking complex is ideal for a stroll and the street food events are popular with visitors.


Yarmouth Pleasure Beach is open for the new season.

When you’re done at the beach, Great Yarmouth has plenty of rides to experience
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6. Great Yarmouth Central

Located between Britannia and Wellington Piers, Great Yarmouth’s central beach offers plenty for a family getaway. There are many great attractions, from arcades to mini golf.

But the beach itself, with its soft sand and the nearby boardwalk, makes it a great place to spend a few hours.


A very hot and sunny beach in Gorleston.  July 2016. Pictured: James Bass

Gorleston-on-Sea has a lot to discover for families
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7. Gorleston-on-Sea

Gorleston-on-Sea is not far from Great Yarmouth and is well worth a visit. The long sandy beach offers enough space to build sandcastles or fly a kite.

While you could easily find enough entertainment on the beach, the nearby Burgh Castle offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of the area and is one of the best-preserved Roman monuments in the country.


This was my walk on Sheringham Beach on April 15th - it's easy to keep a safe distance from others when you

Sheringham Beach runs along striking cliffs
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8. Sheringham

Sheringham has colorful beach huts and many local amenities. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even tackle the nearby Beeston Bump for fantastic views.

Like Cromer, Sheringham Beach has soft sand for walking at certain points in the high tide. But at high tide it is lined with pebbles.


Caister-on-Sea Beach.

Caister-on-Sea is a short walk from Great Yarmouth. removed
– Photo credit: Denise Bradley

9. Caister-on-Sea

If you drive north along the coast from Great Yarmouth, Caister-on-Seas will find wide, golden sands and rolling dunes. It’s great for dog walkers and tends to be quieter than the more popular seaside destinations nearby.

If the conditions are right, Caister can even be a good spot for surfing. Although the swell usually comes in the winter months, you will need a very thick wetsuit.

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