Old Hunstanton is the perfect base for discovering everything that North West Norfolk has to offer.
With its stunning sandy beach, sand dunes and pretty beach huts, Old Hunstanton also has an excellent 18 hole golf course. Some of the very best links courses that the UK can offer can be found right on the doorstep, including the Royal West Norfolk golf course at Brancaster (just a five minute drive away). All of these golf clubs combine a great game of golf with stunning Norfolk coastal scenery.
Enjoy a delicious meal out at the Michelin starred Neptune Inn or The Lodge Hotel or Mariners pub/restaurant. The Lifeboat Inn, Chequers or Orange Tree at Thornham are all well worth a visit as is The Gin Trap Inn at Ringstead. Head to Brancaster and enjoy marsh views while dining from the verandah at the rear of The White Horse.
Some of Norfolk’s most historic halls and houses are situated very close by to this pretty medieval village; Sandringham House, Holkham Hall, Houghton Hall, St Georges Guildhall and Blickling Hall are all nearby. And on a Thursday, visitors can explore the grounds of Old Hunstanton Hall which offer a complete contrast to coastal scenery.
Norfolk is also one of the country’s leading bird watching areas and the North Norfolk coast between Hunstanton and Blakeney is particularly famous. This includes the renowned RSPB Titchwell reserve, Holme Nature Reserve, and Scolt Head Island. Holme is only three miles away and Snettisham RSPB Reserve is just seven miles away. The National Nature Reserve at Holkham, Blakeney Point and Cley Reserve offer the opportunity to see wildlife in its natural habitat and are all worth a visit. Make sure you don’t leave North Norfolk without taking a trip to see the seals.
From Brancaster Staithe, you can catch a ferry to Scolt Head Island, if you truly want to get away from it all and appreciate how beautiful and unspoilt this coastline really is. Or alternatively try the sailing facilities here. Don’t forget to stop and buy a crab or samphire from the hut on the hard at Brancaster Staithe or from one of the fishermen’s housese in the village.
Old Hunstanton is conveniently located for visiting many of Norfolk’s places of interest. Those craving some retail therapy can visit trendy Burnham Market with all its independent shops, boutiques, art galleries. Don’t leave without visiting its famous fish shop; Gurneys to pick up some local delicacies. If you’re looking for some shopping closer to home, then visit Le Strange Old Barns in Old Hunstanton.
Hunstanton town offers plenty of fun for the whole family and the Sealife Sanctuary is well worth a visit along with a trip on the Wash Monster, a visit to the fun fair or a round of crazy golf. For those wanting more adrenline, enjoy one of the many activities on offer at the water sports centre.
Burnham Thorpe, Nelson’s birthplace is also worth a visit to discover Norfolk’s close association with the naval admiral.
With historic King’s Lynn only 30 minutes drive away and the cathedral cities of Norwich an easy drive away, you are spoilt for choice!