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The tiny village of Burnham Thorpe is the birthplace of Horatio Nelson, and yet there are few signposts to lead you to some relics of England’s most famous admiral which are to be found here. Your best bet is to follow signs to Burnham Market from the A149, and then look for another signpost to Burnham Thorpe, or consult a good map!
Quite simply, Hunstanton has got everything you could possibly want in a family seaside resort. The splendid seafront has a promenade, funfair, bowls, pitch-and-putt, Sea Life Sanctuary and the award-winning Esplanade Gardens.
With 100 miles of stunning coastline and many attractive towns and villages to choose from, it's hard to pick a particular area as your holiday base. But read on, and we will try to make your decision easier.
Great Yarmouth is one of Britain's major seaside resorts. Its sandy beach extends for five miles, and many of its seaside entertainments can be found on Marine Parade, known as ‘the Golden Mile’, which runs beside it. Here you will find the two piers: the Wellington Pier has tenpin bowling; the Britannia Pier has a theatre.
Safe bathing from sandy beaches lined with cliffs is one of the attractions that makes Cromer a favourite English resort. Its position on the east coast yet facing north means that you can watch both sunrise and sunset over the sea. The promenade, built to defend the town from the sea, is about a mile long with many comfortable shelters and easy access to the beach and cliffs.
If you have no boating or sailing experience, Norfolk Broads is the ideal place for you to take a holiday and ‘learn the ropes’. There are no locks on the Broads, and the simplest type of boat for the beginner is a cruiser, which can be hired at boatyards in the main centres such as Wroxham, Potter Heigham or Horning.
Burnham Market has acquired the nickname of Chelsea-on-Sea, perhaps because of the considerable number of Londoners who have acquired a second home here, but also due to the trendy boutiques and antique shops reminiscent of Chelsea’s King’s Road – quite different from the average Norfolk village!
The Norfolk village of Cley is no longer ‘next the sea’, as the channel which led to its quay has long been silted up. The quay, which lies alongside Cley windmill once enabled a busy trade in wool to be conducted through the village, making it only second to Kings Lynn in importance as a port in West Norfolk.
Norfolk has some of the best beaches in Britain - some are sandy, some have shingle, and some are lined by dunes or cliffs. And you can always get away from the crowds on a sunny day by visiting a beach at a quiet coastal village or just off the Norfolk Coast Path.