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Norfolk's beautiful beaches

Written by Georgia Dawson on

Holkham beach, Norfolk

Norfolk has 90 miles of coast, ranging from astonishing cliffs to sensational soft sands to spectacular salt marshes. Whether you are looking for a beach perfect for dogs, a seaside resort ideal for the children or a true escape-from-it-all coastal experience; Norfolk will have a beach for you. All Norfolk beaches are clean, unspoilt and safe, allowing you to discover the true beauty of the vast and diverse Norfolk coastline.

Along our gorgeous Norfolk coastline, you’ll find traditional seaside entertainment for all the family, gorgeous open beaches providing a breath of fresh air, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, refreshing tidal creeks and saltmarshes, the renowned Norfolk coastal path, brilliant birdwatching destinations and the opportunity to get out onto the water.

If you are looking for traditional family seaside fun, why not head to Great Yarmouth, Cromer or Wells-next-the-Sea. At Great Yarmouth you can play adventure golf, enjoy freshly-cooked doughnuts, visit the Pleasure Beach theme park, take a trip to the Sea Life Centre, and spend time in the vast variety of amusement arcades. At Cromer you’ll discover delicious fish and chips shops, playful amusements arcades, and of course the famous Cromer Pier, the Grade II listed, 151 metre long traditional Victorian pier which is one of only five seaside pier’s with a full working theatre in the UK. Wells-next-the-Sea has a large sandy beach and children with love building sandcastles and paddling in the sea. 200 colourful beach huts border the Wells coast, adding charm and familiarity.


If you are looking for fantastic dog-friendly beaches, why not head to Brancaster, Holkham or Wells-next-the-Sea. At Brancaster, you’ll discover miles and miles of soft sand and shallow water, perfect for your four-legged friend. At Holkham, you’ll find a huge expanse of open sandy land, bordered by pine woodland, ideal for dogs. However, bear in mind Holkham beach is popular with horse riders, so be careful. Your dog can also have a good run around on the beach at Wells-next-the-Sea, finished by a stop in the dog-friendly Beach Café. In the summer, the Wells-next-the-Sea Beach Café offer a fun ‘Wash ‘n’ Wag’ dog wash service to ensure your four-legged friend is clean and sand-free for the drive home. They can also have a good drink at Berties Bark-up Bar.

If you are seeking a true escape-from-it-all experience, why not head to Waxham, Horsey or Titchwell. At Waxham, located just along from Sea Palling, is comparatively unknown. Enjoy peaceful walks along the sandy beach which is lined by sand dunes. Horsey beach is a wild, unspoilt sandy beach, 3 miles along from Waxham. The beach is backed by the biggest sand dune arrangement on the east Norfolk coast. Titchwell Marsh Nature Reserve is a fantastic place to go birdwatching and offers with a range of glorious habitats including reedbeds, saltmarsh and freshwater lagoons. However, there is also a wide sandy beach, which boasts beautiful views across The Wash.

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