Hotels in Brancaster
Brancaster is a lovely little seaside village on the north coast of Norfolk, in eastern England. Along with Brancaster Staithe and Burnham Deepdale, Brancaster forms a continuous settlement along the coast. As well as stunning beaches, the area around Brancaster has ancient castles and other great attractions, which all make it the perfect destination for a seaside break.
The thing that first drew holidaymakers to Brancaster was its beautiful stretch of sandy beach, the best beach of a pretty good local bunch. Relax on the soft sand and admire the breathtaking view that includes an interesting shipwreck, which can be explored properly at low tide.
The SS Vina was accidentally sunk by the RAF during WWII, as they used it for target practice. The rusting hulk is great for exploring but don't try and swim out to it. The seas around the wreck can get very choppy.
If you're after a bit more vigour than simply reclining on the beach, Brancaster is a perfect place to join the North Norfolk coastal footpath. The 47-mile footpath is the best way to see all of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Take a detour from the path going east out of the village for a dose of ancient intrigue. Brancaster was the site of the Roman fort of Branodonum, of which only some ditches and the occasional ancient stone remain today.
Brancaster has the beach, but Brancaster Staithe, about a five-minute walk to the west, has the fish. A thriving fishing community since ancient times, you can buy some of the freshest fish you'll find from one of the many stalls by the water's edge or along the main road.
The potted crab around here is especially divine and special mention must go to The Fish Shed, one of the more lovely fishmongers, which has fresh herbs on sale outside with which to adorn your supper.
Brancaster Staithe, unsurprisingly, is also home to a great many pubs serving excellent seafood. Of these, the Jolly Sailors is the most popular and is known Norfolk-wide for its cosy atmosphere, great beer and sublime mussels in the winter.
Another lovely place for a pint is the White Horse, while the Crab Hut does exactly what it says on the tin.
With your visit to a Brancaster hotel you really are spoilt for choice, with three lovely villages to explore and enjoy. Further east from Brancaster Staithe is Burnham Deepdale.
For some retail therapy of the highest order, you must be sure to visit Dalegate Market. The independent shopping centre is a great source of local pride with pop-up shops and plenty of wonderful boutiques to satisfy all your shopping needs. And, for even more great grub, the centre also has the Deepdale Café.
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