Norfolk has a fantastic stretch of coastline which is a lot of fun to explore if you are a family looking to visit the area. Whether you want sandy shores, amusements or just the opportunity to paddle in the sea, you can find all this and more in Norfolk. For a quick guide to some of the most family friendly beaches in north Norfolk, read on:-



There are two different parts of Hunstanton which makes it a great place to explore.  There is the old Victorian town which has some wonderful Gardens to discover and then the more family-orientated section with large beach, amusements and good, old-fashioned seaside fun including pony and donkey rides and a summer season theatre. There is also the seal sanctuary here which is an interesting diversion if you need a change from the seafront for a while.


Holkham in Norfolk

Holkham is regularly voted one of the best beaches in the country and it is probably the closest to The Harper North Norfolk hotel. There are miles of glorious sandy beach alongside a nature reserve, pinewoods and a section of colourful beach huts.


Another great option if you have booked accommodation in north Norfolk, the beach and the nearby town of Wells are both wonderful places to explore and enjoy. Wells beach is home to some of the most iconic beach huts in the area, there are 100 placed here and they are all painted in whimsical pastel colours.

Great Yarmouth Marine Parade

Great Yarmouth Marine Parade

A trip to Great Yarmouth is a real must for families as there is just so much to see and do.  From the amusements to the beach itself, although Great Yarmouth does get busy during school holidays and the warmer months it is worth braving the traffic for the sheer enjoyment of being in a classic seaside town.


This is not your typical sandy beach but if you fancy something different then it is certainly somewhere worth considering. Cley-next-the-Sea is home to Blakeney Point; a large national nature reserve and home to one of the largest colonies of grey and common seals in the UK. Whilst it is best to see the seals from the water, there is lots of wildlife and bird life to see up close in the nature reserve itself and there are a number of companies who offer boat trips out from Blakeney or Morston quays to see the seals.


Cromer Norfolk

Cromer is very much a traditional Victorian seaside resort with a sand and shingle beach and one of the only remaining end-of-pier shows in the whole of Europe. It is also a fantastic place to go if you want to try your hand at crabbing and exploring rock pools and this is a very popular pastime here.  You will need to wait until low tide to ensure the rock pools are fully exposed and you can buy supplies from many of the sea-facing stores and as long as you are respectful of your environment there are lots of places to enjoy crabbing in Cromer.