Hotels in Norfolk Coast
The Norfolk Coast is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the county of Norfolk, in eastern England. It runs from The Wash, a huge estuary in the west through miles of wildlife-rich marshes and charming seaside towns, to the Winterton Dunes in the east.
The Coast Road
Begin your exploration of this incredible coastline at its most western point. The Wash is where the Coast Road begins, a popular and scenic route that takes in all of the coast's best towns and beaches.
If you don't have a car, the road is also easily explorable by bike, or the charming Coasthopper bus, that runs from King's Lynn to Cromer.
The Wash itself is a mecca for wildlife enthusiasts, as it is made up of a series of extensive salt marshes that provide habitats for hundreds of species of shellfish, and their seabird predators.
Those with a keen eye, or some good binoculars, might be able to catch a glimpse of a marsh harrier or the equally elusive oystercatcher.
The first major town on the Coast Road is Old Hunstanton, or ‘Sunny Hunny', as it is known locally. The town is famous for its striped cliffs and fabulous beach.
If you are stopping overnight, the Princess Theatre in the centre of town, is a wonderful place to spend your evening. The theatre has an extensive and unique programme of music, theatre and comedy all year round.
Brancaster and Burnham Deepdale
Next up, make sure you visit the three connecting villages of Brancaster, Brancaster Staithe and Burnham Deepdale.
Enjoy the calm waters and sweeping sand of Brancaster Beach, which includes a spectacular view of a sunken WWII ship, the SS Vina. After your swim, stroll over to Brancaster Staithe for some unbelievably fresh seafood. The Fish Shed, by the harbour, has some of the best potted crab you'll find anywhere on Earth.
In need of a little retail therapy? Then look no further than Dalegate Market in Burnham Deepdale. This independent shopping centre houses a number of pop-up shops and excellent boutiques, where you can pick up a lovely souvenir of your trip.
The last must-visit place on your trip is Cromer. The town is often called the ‘coastal capital' of Norfolk and is home to many of the region's best restaurants and cultural attractions.
If it is sunny, there is only one place to spend the day, Cromer Beach, whose miles of sand do not let down the high standards of the region. If the weather is bad, the kids will love Amazona Zoo, which contains over 200 animals including; jaguars, monkeys and snakes.
After sunset, head to The Old Rock Shop Bistro for even more sumptuous seafood. Or, for something a little more formal, Northrepps Cottage Restaurant, which is the perfect treat after a long day on the beach.
While we can't guarantee sunshine, there is no doubt that a trip to the Norfolk Coast, with so much to see and do, will provide endless fun. Norfolk Coast hotels offer as good a base as any from which to explore this beautiful region.
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