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Coast: Norfolk beaches

Sunny Hunny by Steve Humphrey
Sunny Hunny

Beach guide: Hunstanton

Charming Hunstanton, also known as Sunny Hunny, is great for families whatever the weather.

Fact file

  • Dogs are banned from the main part of the beach between Easter and the end of the school summer holidays in September.
  • There are ramps onto the beach and toilets for people with disabilities.
  • Disabled parking is available in all council-run car parks.
  • There are beach patrols and first aid is available.

Hunstanton is famous for its striped cliffs and is otherwise known as Sunny Hunny.

The beach and cliffs face west which means they capture the sunshine and are the perfect spots for viewing some spectacular sunsets.

The shallow beach runs for two miles along the coast to Brancaster and the tide can go out a mile, allowing rock pools to appear around the groynes.

The seafront is bordered by large Victorian and Edwardian houses and you can walk along the top of the cliffs to the lighthouse.


There's plenty to do on rainy days - Hunstanton is very much a family holiday destination and is also popular with older holidaymakers.

In summer, a colourful tractor train carries visitors the length of the seafront.

Hunstanton beach
Hunstanton beach

Beach chalets can be hired from the district council for a day and children can enjoy a donkey ride along the beach. Situated off the promenade are amusement arcades, shops and cafés. Toilets and public showers are available.

As an alternative to the beach, there's the Princess Theatre, Oasis Leisure Centre, Sea Life Centre, a pitch and putt course, bowls, tennis and an indoor market.

You can also take a boat to Seal Island, a strip of sand in the middle of the Wash to see if you can spot any seals.

Disabled access

The town centre and seafront are both easily accessible to disabled visitors and there is a new specially designed sensory garden, which provides opportunities to touch, hear and smell the plants and sculptures.

Beach patrols are on duty from Easter to the end of the school summer holidays in September. A lifeboat is based at Old Hunstanton, about a mile along the coast. First aid is also available.

Council-run pay-on-entry car parks are close to the beach, along the promenade and in the town centre.

last updated: 11/07/05
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