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Five beaches in Norfolk named among best in UK

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The beaches were all included in the top 30 in a list of 54 beaches in the UK released by Condé Nast Traveller. 

1. Holkham 

Eastern Daily Press: Holkham beach gained the top spot of all the Norfolk beachesHolkham beach gained the top spot of all the Norfolk beaches (Image: Newsquest)

Holkham Beach landed an impressive seventh place, with the publication describing it as “wild and free and almost lunar-like” and “wonderfully unspoilt”.

The beach has won multiple awards and is part of the Holkham Natural Nature Reserve ensuring that it remains largely untouched and clean. 

The publication recommended a stay at Holkham Hall, a 19th-century redbrick just a stone’s throw from the seafront.

2. Hunstanton

The publication stated that Hunstanton “parcels up all the best bits of a quintessential British seaside resort” and placed it 13th on the list.

The town boasts a variety of tea shops, a candy-striped helter-skelter, pony rides along the promenade and shallow water perfect for crabbing.

Old Hunstanton is the only west-facing beach on the east coast, so may feel warmer than neighbouring seaside towns. 

The publication recommends a stay at the Dabbling Duck’s pub, which is 25 minutes inland from the coast. 

3. Brancaster

Eastern Daily Press: Brancaster beach was praised for its lower-key lovelinessBrancaster beach was praised for its lower-key loveliness (Image: Matthew Usher)Conde Nast described Brancaster as “perfect for long walks and one of the best dog-friendly beaches in the UK”.

The beach came in the top half of the list at 20th place, noted for its “lower-key loveliness”.

Brancaster boasts Titchwell Marsh Nature Reserve and an RAF World War II shipwreck that can sometimes be spotted at low tide. 

The list recommends The Ship Hotel and Tichwell Manor if visitors are looking to stop in the area.

4. Cromer

Cromer landed at 29th place, described as a “traditional seaside experience”.

The north Norfolk is well-known for its pier, puppet shows and fun fair and the publication dubs it as the “place to go for a truly British holiday”.

5. Sheringham

Eastern Daily Press: Sheringham beach was included in the guide Sheringham beach was included in the guide (Image: Newsquest)Just below Cromer in 30th place is Sheringham beach, described as retaining “the feel of an old-fashioned seaside village”.

The beach boasts a range of local produce, a variety of luxury accommodations and coastal walks.

The Gunton Arms was recommended by the publication to those looking for accommodation, which is a 20-minute drive away from the seaside village. 

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