Seaside Coastal Towns of Norfolk

The county of Norfolk, located on the Southeast coast of England is steeped in history, with its first tourists visiting over a million years ago. Today you can visit a number of museums, historical sites and some of UK’s best beaches. There is something for the whole family to enjoy. Here are the quaint Norfolk England coastal towns that you can visit.

Norfolk England Coastal Towns: Colourful Beach Huts of Wells ©MDHarding
Colourful Beach Huts of Wells ©MDHarding

Norfolk England Coastal Towns


Sheringham is a quaint seaside town built up around its traditional fishing village. Host to the North Norfolk Railway (Poppy Line) which runs the steam train journeys to Holt. It is a lovely base to explore North Norfolk with a variety of shops, pubs and cafes. There is also a selection of accommodation available from budget hostels to small hotels and guest houses. We stayed at the YHA Sheringham which is only a few minutes walk to the beach through the village. It has its own car parking and cafe/restaurant serving both breakfast and dinner. From here we travelled to all the seaside towns mentioned as well as to both the town of Kings Lynn and the royal estate of Sandringham.

Discover the history of the Mammoth ©MDHarding
Discover the history of the Mammoth ©MDHarding


The seaside town of Cromer, once a hive of activity and popular with the Victorian’s and Edwardian’s, has stood the test of time. During the summer months, see the Cromer Pier Show held in the Pavilion Theatre, enjoy the local ice cream, or eat at the pier’s restaurant.

Cromer Pier ©MDHarding
Cromer Pier ©MDHarding


Wells-Next-The-Sea is a lovely town to visit with a variety of coffee and tea shops. Don’t miss the coastal walk from Wells harbour down to the sandy beach with its colourful beach huts. There is also a two-hour circular walking route that takes you through the pinewoods and Holkham.

Norfolk England Coastal Towns: Bean To The Coast Coffee House ©MDHarding
Bean To The Coast Coffee House ©MDHarding


Cley is a very small village with local craft shops and produce but well worth a visit to walk along the shingle beach and also to explore one of Norfolk’s Wildlife Trust oldest and best nature reserves – Cley Marshes. Cley-Next-The-Sea is also home to the Cley Windmill built in the 18th century now a beautifully restored B&B. Why not have a niche escape and stay at one of Norfolk’s iconic windmills?

Cley Beach ©MDHarding
Cley Beach ©MDHarding

I hope I have inspired you to visit the quaint Norfolk England coastal towns. More coming next week on this great UK vacation hot spot.

To explore the county of Norfolk I would recommend a car or motorhome rental. We drove from Edinburgh (9 hours) giving us more flexibility to stop and visit more in this great area. If arriving into one of the London airports or the closer airport of Norwich, why not pre-book a hire car to collect upon arrival?

Happy Travels:) x

Thank you to YHA England and Wales and Cley Windmill. 

Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions mentioned above are my own.

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