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  • Writer's pictureGabriella Walker

Sheringham: A Charming Seaside Destination for Your Next Norfolk Day Trip

Updated: Apr 16, 2023

When it comes to a quintessential British seaside experience, few places can match the charm and character of Sheringham, a picturesque town on the north coast of Norfolk. From its pretty streets lined with colourful cottages to its pristine beach and bustling high street, Sheringham has everything you could want in a coastal destination.

Located just a short drive from the popular town of Cromer, Sheringham is a great choice for a day trip or weekend break. Whether you're looking for a relaxing day soaking up the sun or an action-packed adventure, there's something for everyone in this delightful town.

One of the main draws of Sheringham is its stunning beach, which is widely regarded as one of the best in Norfolk. The beautiful stretch of coastline is backed by colourful beach huts and dotted with traditional fishing boats, giving it a timeless charm that's hard to resist.

Whether you're looking to build sandcastles with the kids or take a dip in the refreshing North Sea waters, this beach is the perfect place to spend a lazy day in the sun.

But there's more to Sheringham than just its beach. The town itself is a delight to explore, with its narrow streets lined with pretty flint cottages, quirky independent shops, and friendly locals. Take a stroll down the bustling high street and browse the antique shops, boutiques, and galleries, or stop for a pint in one of the many historic pubs dotted around the town.

If you're looking for a taste of the local history, be sure to visit the Sheringham Museum, which is housed in a former fisherman's cottage and tells the story of the town's rich maritime heritage. You can learn about everything from the town's lifeboat history to its role in the fishing industry, and there are plenty of interactive exhibits to keep visitors of all ages entertained.

For those looking to get active, Sheringham is a great place to try your hand at a range of outdoor activities. The town is home to a number of excellent walking trails, including the popular Coastal Path, which offers stunning views of the North Sea and the surrounding countryside. You can also hire bikes and explore the area on two wheels, or try your hand at water sports such as surfing and paddleboarding.

Of course, no trip to Sheringham would be complete without a ride on the North Norfolk Railway, which runs steam trains between Sheringham and the nearby town of Holt. This vintage railway is a must-see attraction for train enthusiasts and history lover alike (and is even dog friendly), offering a glimpse into the golden age of rail travel.

Foodies will also find plenty to love in Sheringham, with a range of excellent restaurants, cafes, and food stalls serving up fresh, locally sourced cuisine. Whether you're in the mood for fish and chips by the sea or a gourmet meal in a cozy bistro, there's something to suit every taste and budget.

Guac & Mole is one of our favourites. Set in a beach shack right on the beachfront, playing summer music and serving incredible Mexican inspired takeout. The Tex Mex Burrito is my absolute favourite, sat in the sunshine watching the waves lap onto the beach. Absolute heaven!

Our other recommendations would be Whelk Coppers Tea Rooms (their plant based salad is amazing), Fat Teds Street Food, Fishmongers Tavern, Stubby's Pizza or The Quarter Deck.

Be sure to stop by Winibees Bakery though before you leave for some of the most deliciously indulgent bakes which are handmade on site (we often drive to Sheringham for the sole purpose of buying their incredible treats!)

Sheringham really is charming and perfect for visitors of all ages. Whether you're looking to soak up the sun on the beach, check out their amazing foodie scene, explore the town's rich history and culture, or get active in the great outdoors, there really is something for everyone here.


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