Norfolk offers a beach to suit every taste. From the long sweeping dunes of Great Yarmouth, to the spectacular cliffs and sunsets of Hunstanton.
Cley-next-the-sea - The quiet, pebbly beach at Cley seems to stretch endlessly into the distance with stunning views to either side. Much quieter than the well-known beaches of Brancaster and Holkham, you can walk from Cley along the coastal path and the beach is accessible by car. The car park even has a quirky bookshop – not quite what you'd expect to find on a beach in Norfolk!
Cromer -The sand and shingle beach backs on to the North Norfolk cliffs and rock pools are revealed at low tide. Cromer is a popular destination for families and it is ideal for swimming. The beach is also a popular place to go surfing, due to its consistency and shelter, which is provided by the pier.The beach is one of seven beaches in the county to feature in the Marine Conservation Society's Good Beach Guide for 2005.
On the seafront you will find toilets, beach huts (there’s a waiting list if you want to buy) and a public shower.
You can take a pleasant walk along the cliff-tops to the lighthouse.
Lifeguards are on duty from the spring bank holiday weekend in May to the end of the school summer holidays, in September.
Great Yarmouth - One of Britain’s most popular seaside resorts, Great Yarmouth has a long, soft, sandy beach, located between the two piers. There are a plethora of activities, even on a rainy day! As a bucket and spade resort it never fails to deliver.
Great Yarmouth came third in the top five beaches for sandcastle building in 2004, when scientists visited popular beach resorts in Britain to collect sand samples.
Hunstanton - Known as ‘sunny hunny’ , the beach and cliffs at Hunstanton face west, which means they capture the sunshine and are the perfect spots for viewing some spectacular sunsets.
The beach runs for two miles along the coast to Brancaster and when the tide goes out , rock pools appear around the groynes.
The seafront is bordered by large Victorian and Edwardian houses and you can walk along the top of the cliffs to the lighthouse.
There's plenty to do on rainy days - Hunstanton is very much a family holiday destination and is also popular with older holidaymakers
Sheringham - Sheringham has a stony beach but at low tide an expanse of sand and rock pools is revealed.
The beach retained its prestigious Blue Flag for cleanliness and visitor facilities in 2005 and has toilets, beach huts and a public shower. The beach has easy access to cafés and amusement arcades.
Wells-next-the-sea - The beach at Wells is approximately a mile from the town. Its a very pleasant walk there, or you a short drive to the beach car park. During the summer you can take the miniature railway.
The sandy beach, backed by dunes and pine trees, stretches for miles to the west. Eastwards, the beach continues but can be cut off by the tide.
The beach is part of the Holkham Estate and the vast un-spoilt beach and woodland provide ample opportunities to enjoy peace and solitude.
Further along are salt marshes. The area is part of a nature reserve and is good for bird-watching.
Holkham Bay - One of the most famous of Norfolk’s beaches backed by numerous pinewood trees.
Weybourne - A significant point on the Norfolk coastline with a steep pebble beach once popular with smugglers.
Overstand - An deserted sandy beach overlooked by a picturesque village on the cliff tops above.
Mundesley - A blue flag winning sandy beach very popular with families with a row of brightly coloured beach huts along the promenade.
Sea Palling - A blue flag sandy beach with a number of offshore reefs that provide a safe beach for families. Sea Palling is also popular with jet skiers.
Gorleston - A 3km stretch of sandy beach with lifeguard service during the summer season, Gorleston beach is protected by timber groynes and rock armour.
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015