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The county of Norfolk’s vast planes and picturesque villages circle the intriguing city of Norwich. It’s difficult to resist Norwich’s bohemian cultural scene, superb restaurants and bistros, and rich historical sites. However, it’s more than possible to combine a trip to the city whilst residing in one of Norfolk’s idyllic coastal destinations. Follow the winding country roads leading to Cromer or Sheringham and feel inspired by the seclusion of East Anglia’s portion of the coast. In fact, a rental home in Mundesley or Cley next the Sea, are ideal locations for private, rural retreats with a partner, or an idyllic destination for a quiet family holiday. However, our list of coastal destinations can also serve as fantastic bases to explore the surrounding Norfolk countryside. Visit the beautiful Norfolk Broads, The Fens, as well as the Suffolk coast, having spent the previous afternoon trawling the gorgeous Peddars Way coastal path.
Refine your search for the perfect private rental and choose a HomeAway Norfolk cottage overlooking the inspiring North Sea. Draft a unique itinerary, combining day excursions to bustling seaside resorts with stunning, secluded trips to beach havens, such as the ethereal Holkham beach. Moreover, fuel your adrenaline drive and partake in a number of hair-raising water sports, such as windsurfing, waterskiing, as well as kayaking, in one of the county’s exceptional centres. Whether you choose to spend your Norfolk coastal holiday rejuvenating in the spectacular sunshine, or plan a more active itinerary, choose from one of our picturesque holiday homes for the perfect East Anglian retreat.
Top five destinations for Norfolk coast summer holidays
The beautiful village of Mundesley is located in north Norfolk. The area has numerous natural beauty spots and its spectacular beaches continue to enthral throngs of holidaymakers. Embark on an afternoon walk, circling the iconic East Anglian beach huts, and the village’s church was overlooks the water. Mundesley is home to the nineteenth century restored Stone Mill and numerous of traditional eateries, including the quintessentially British tea-rooms. Join the coastal path at Mundesley and watch the sunset over the North Sea.
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Blakeney Point is celebrated for its pristine portion of the Norfolk coast. In fact, it is considered one of the finest examples of Britain’s unspoiled beaches. Perhaps one of Blakeney Point’s most important attractions is its seal population. The area is home to a vast pod of seals and you can embark on a seal trip with one of the various boat companies operating on Blakeney Point’s coastline. The area is also home to a number of rare seabirds. Mark your ideal coastal route around the area’s salt marshes, or follow one of the well-beaten tracks carved by avid walkers and beach combers.
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Cromer is one of the county’s most celebrated seaside resorts, yet despite its stream of tourism, the town still maintains a tranquil ambience. Located around 40 minutes from Norwich and nestled between the coastal destinations of Sheringham and Mundesley, the town is home to a majestic pier and numerous crab restaurants scattered along the coast. Cromer, of course, is proud of its crabbing industry, and it is here that you can sample some of the finest seafood dishes in East Anglia. Summer events in the area include Cromer’s Carnival Week, as well as the shared festival Crab and Lobster festival with neighbouring Sheringham. For a proactive afternoon, join one of Cromer’s experienced water sports centres, and ride the waves with a local surfing school.
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Cley Next the Sea
The village of Cley next the Sea, located close to Blakeney, and around half an hour’s drive from Cromer, is a picturesque coastal destination and ideal for a summer excursion. Norfolk is blessed with dry and sunny spells during the warmer, summer months, enabling you to embark on a number of scenic tours. In Cley next the Sea, discover the area’s stunning Cley Marshes and visit the Nature Reserve, which is considered one of the prominent bird watching areas in the county. For a daytrip, visit the city of Norwich, or visit the ethereal Holkham beach, a quieter stretch of gorgeous sand dunes and pristine water, located close to Wells-next-the-Sea.
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The town of Sheringham’s picturesque pebble-beach, vibrant beach huts and moored boats, enjoys a steady flow of tourism annually. In the summer, the destination is an ideal beauty spot for a summer excursion. Buy some of Norfolk’s finest local produce, or sample the exquisite seafood in one of the superb restaurants. If you’re a fan of gastronomy, attend the Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster festival! Find a perfect picnic spot at the National Trust owned town park, or book tickets for one of the town’s outdoor theatre events held throughout the summer.
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Holiday Rentals in Norfolk
Briar Cottage is a semi-detached cottage in the Norfolk coastal village of Heacham. The cottage sleeps four people and has one double bedroom, a twin room and two family bathrooms. It also contains a fitted kitchen with a dining area and a sitting...
Big Sky and Martin's Nest are housed side by side in a converted wash house and annexe. Ladybird is new studio accommodation created within the main house.The properties are stylish and comfortable. Big Sky, sleeps up to 6 people in flexible accom...
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Very beautiful, comfortable cottage Green Side Cottage, detached. In the centre of Thornham village, 1 km from the sea. Private: garden, public parking on the road. Shop 300 m, bar 75 m, bus stop 150 m, rail...
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Large cottage Cobble Cottage, detached. 4 km from the sea. Private: garden, parking (for 2 cars). Shop 4 km, bar 150 m, bus stop 100 m, railway station King's Lynn 25 km. Golf course (18 hole) 8 km. Nearby a...
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Simple, comfortable terraced house Clement Scott Mews. In a quiet position, 200 m from the sea, 200 m from the beach. For shared use: garden, parking at the house. Shop, bar 250 m, bus stop 100 m, sandy beac...