Nestled along the coastline of Norfolk, Sheringham Beach stands as a tranquil haven for those seeking a respite from the stress of everyday life.
A walk along the Promenade will grant you anything you may be looking for In a beach holiday. Along with the usual independent cafes and ice cream kiosks, a visit to the museum should be in order. The museum in question overlooks Norfolk’s coast and has a rich history of the people who made Norfolk. It runs the gamut of artifacts from World War One and Two, to fossil bones of prehistoric elephants. At least once a year, the museum hosts a major exhibition every summer and is open from Monday to Saturday. Be aware that the museum is not open on Sundays. Nonetheless, the museum is a must-see stop along the promenade and promises at least an hour of education and inspection.
If however, you wish to spend time off the promenade and walk along the coast instead, it is important you pay attention to the tides. The beach is one of tidal extremes. During high tide only the rocks and pebbles of the beach are visible, however the golden sands do make an appearance during low tide, including a few rock pools for the children to play in. If you are planning to visit, I recommend arriving two hours on either side of low tide to enjoy the best sands. If visiting during this time isn’t available, I would recommend walking along Sheringham’s clifftop gardens instead, which is located at the western end of the promenade. The gardens provide an idyllic genteel environment that allows you to take in the views of Sheringham.
Sheringham also provides a few beach huts to hire at the end of the beach. Weekly lettings start on Saturday and can be conducted through the North Norfolk District Council website. These huts are colourful, spacious and provide a useful outlet to store all of your beach paraphernalia while vacating there.
Finally, if your mind is made up to come and visit, there are a few conditions which should be kept in mind. Firstly, Sheringham is not a dog friendly beach during the summer months, since it can be very busy whilst the tide is out. Furthermore, the car park near the promenade fills up very quickly. When visiting, it is best to use East Cliff car park which overlooks the beach or the station car park nearby North Norfolk railway. From there, it is a 5-10 minute walk to the beach. One more thing to note, the beach does indeed accept BBQs if you are looking to snack while there.
To conclude, Sheringham is a perfectly adequate holidaying spot for you and your family as long as you remember to keep the dog at home. A walk along the promenade is recommended when the tide is high and a walk along the beach is preferred whilst the tide is low.