On the Norfolk coast, Blakeney is a very small village surrounded by marshes and salt flats. It acted as a base for commercial sea trade and fishing until the turn of the 20th century. The local guildhall for fish merchants dates back to the 1400s.
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Travel tips for Blakeney
The maritime atmosphere can be felt at Blakeney hotels, with quite a few positioned next to beautiful expanses of water. Several of the B&Bs also give you a great view of the Norfolk marshes.
Pubs and restaurants
The town's independent pubs include The Kings Arms. It offers authentic Norfolk hospitality, as well as dishes made with freshly caught fish and seafood. The Moorings is another option, with Sunday lunches particularly popular.
Blakeney has a delicatessen, where you can pick up warm pastries and bread, soups, wines and home-made food. It holds tastings for wine, sherry and port throughout the year.
Explore Norfolk from Blakeney
A webcam broadcasts regularly from Blakeney, from on top of The White Horse Hotel. The best way to experience the region is to see it for yourself. Go birdwatching, sign up for canoeing, or stroll along the North Norfolk Coastal Path.
The town is home to Blakeney National Nature Reserve, with the old boat house acting as an information centre. It's a treasured National Trust site, as many birds, insects and even seals make the area their home.
At the quayside, the River Glaven passes through on its meander to the North Sea. Book at Blakeney Point Harbour Tours to take a trip out. Only smaller boats can safely depart from Blakeney Point, so larger groups may need to split up.
Visit the seaside
The nearest sandy beach is at Cromer, which has a 151-metre pier and pavilion theatre. The family-friendly beach is made from sand and shingle, with plenty of flat spots to sunbathe on.
It's roughly a half hour drive from Blakeney to Cromer, or closer to 40 minutes if you take the coasthopper bus. The town doesn't have a rail station.
If you're out for the day, try Cromer crab. The brown crab is known for being sweet and tender, and it's offered fresh at many local snack bars and restaurants.