Top 3 Beaches you need to visit in East Norfolk

Top 3 Beaches you need to visit in East Norfolk

This summer we managed to get away camping and had a amazing stay at Hickling Campsite. We absolutely love Norfolk and have been a few times now. For us, one of the best things about this laid back county, is its proximity to the sea. We live about as far inland as it’s possible to be, so escaping to the coast is a real treat!

You really are spoiled for choice along the Norfolk coast, with beaches to suit everyone-whether you want a secluded, hidden gem or ice cream and arcades. We tend to prefer something in between. With small children, some facilities, such as toilets, make life a lot easier.

Here are our top 3 beaches in East Norfolk.

Sea Palling

We first visited Sea Palling a couple of years back, and we couldn’t wait to head there again this summer. For us it’s just the perfect sort of beach for families. It’s not a massive beach, but plenty big enough and if the tide is out, it’s nice to walk a bit further down and investigate the rock pools.

This Blue Flag beach is lovely and sandy, plus there is a cafe, pub and a fish and chip shop if you fancy a bite to eat. There are public toilets right next to the entrance to the beach, as well as a shop and amusements. It’s also not too far to walk from the beach to the car park, which is great when you’re laden down with everything.

Sea Palling has a lovely sandy beach

This beach is dog friendly and has a lifeguard in attendance. If you’re lucky, you might even get to see a seal or two as they are known to pop up to say hello from time to time (as Luke and Finn found out when they went swimming and had a close encounter!).


I know it’s an obvious choice, but I make no apology for including Cromer in my list of top beaches in East Norfolk.

When I think of the seaside, I think of Cromer. It has everything a British seaside town should have: amusement arcades, fish and chips, great ice cream and a pier. But Cromer has so much more.

The pier at Cromer

If you’re a fan of seafood, you HAVE to try some Cromer crab, it is bloody delicious! Plus, you can try and catch your own from the pier. I love walking along and seeing what everyone has caught in their buckets.

It makes a great family day out, there are a few small rides on the seafront that Finn loves, a crazy golf course near the beach car park, plus plenty of places to eat your picnic.

The town is nice to wander round, with lots of shops to browse in and all the amenities you’d expect. I love how the whole place has a lovely old fashioned charm, and a laid back vibe.


Winterton was a new discovery for us this summer, and I have no hesitation in putting it straight into our top 3 beaches in East Norfolk.

Of the three, it has the least facilities, but is still a great beach. There’s a car park, toilets and a small beach cafe and that’s pretty much all we need. The beach is lovely and sandy, and like Sea Palling is dog friendly.

Looking down on the beach from the dunes at Winterton-on-Sea

The area is well known for it’s dunes, which have been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and an area of outstanding natural beauty, so Winterton makes a great starting point if you want to explore the area on foot. The dunes are also part of the 84 mile long Norfolk Coast Path, which I’d love to walk sometime in the future.

The only drawback to this stunning beach is the short, steep sandy path back up to the car park. I had to make a few toilet trips with the kids and I was exhausted after going up and down there all day!

Have you ever visited any of these beaches? Do you have any other recommendations?

Looking for more places to explore in East Norfolk?

West Runton Beach

Hickling Broad

Sheringham Park

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  • Beautiful beaches #adventurecalling@_karendennis

  • Jessica Munday Jessica Munday October 21, at 13:07

    These beaches all look amazing, I’ve visited Cromer before but will have to add the other two to my list 😀 #AdventureCalling

  • Zoe Zoe October 22, at 22:58

    We’ve never ventured to that part of the UK, but it’s definitely tempting. I want to head to the beach right now! Winterton looks interesting to me because of it’s SSSI.

  • Lauren Lauren October 25, at 21:38

    Oh wow! A close encounter with seals. That sounds amazing! Did Finn take it all in his stride?

    Great to know about which beaches are dog friendly too. I know our pair love a good run on the beach.


  • I’ve only been to Norfolk once and not visited any of the beaches but these three certainly do look beautiful and sound great for families (other than the steep path for the toilet trips!) #adventurecalling

  • Andrew Andrew February 21, at 12:59

    The Norfolk coast is more or less a continuous beach with just a short break in the north where the marshes make access difficult. Overal you are spoilt for choice. If you have small children Sea Palling or Mundesley are perfection. For older kids who like adventure Holkham or Brancaster are paradise. Cromer for older teenagers. Horsey is a must to see the seals. Quite breathtakind to see these beautiful creatures in their hundreds hauled up on the beach.


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