Hunstanton Travel Guide

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Hunstanton Things to Do

  • Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary

    Here, rescued sea creatures are rehabilitated, in hope of someday returning them to the wild. Many are injured, orphaned, or otherwise unable to take care of themselves. But with the proper care and mentoring, they are often able to go back to their natural environment.

  • Take A Drive In To The Sea

    In fact you don`t even need to go on to the beach to transfer to the sea without getting your feet wet. If you want to take a short sea trip you can just step off the promenade on to a wheeled vehicle which then trundles down the sand before gently settling in the water and taking you out on your chosen tour.A 30 minute cruise along the coast is...

  • Cristiano Ronaldo swims again

    The seal sanctuary (or 'sea life centre') stands right on the front in Hunstanton. They save two or three seals each year and nurse them back to health. For that they must be applauded. Some get given names that seem appropriate to such animals - such as 'frosty', whilst in some years they go for something a bit different. Cristiano Ronaldo (as...

  • Sea trip to see the seals

    The 'Wash' is the name given to that hunge dint in the coastline of Eastern England between Norfolk and Lincolnshire. It's alot smaller than it used to be due to land reclaimations over the centuries. It is where, so the story goes King John lost the crown jewels - and they were never found ! It's also the site for the recent discovery of...

  • Norfolk Lavender

    I must have been past the Lavender farm on the outskirts of Hunstanton dozens of time during my life. It always looks an attractive place to visit with its neat rows of purple flowers on very gentle (this is Norfolk !) slopes.I must admit I have never been in. As my wife finds the smell of lavender to be positively repulsive, I don't suppose I ever...

  • What's out and about

    Whilst I maybe quite disparaging about Hunstanton itself, there is much to visit around these here parts.The North Norfolk coast itself, extending eastwards from here is an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is filled with quaint villages, busy towns and plenty of quiet areas to ramble and cycle.If your not that energetic, the stately homes of...

  • Walk from Old to New (or v.v)

    Another great favorite from childhood. it's only a couple of miles along the sefront to walk between the brash 'new' Hunstanton and the old Hunstanton. The old village is far more genteel, and posseses a superb beach. The locals also pronounce the place as 'Hunts-ton' as opposed to 'Hun-stan-tun', to disassociate themselves with the pleby riff-raff...

  • Old stumpy !

    This is the view I always have in my head of Hunstanton pier. There was a pierhead building as well you understand, but this was the view that I grew up with when dragged to Hunstanton on holidays as a child.Hunstanton must be one of the most unluckiest piers around. It's suffered terrible fires on several occasions (the lastest in 2002) and...

  • Sunset

    In the summer I love to take the family to the green where the old war memorial is, get a cold beer from the Golden Lion pub and sit outside until the sun goes down.The kids generally find similar aged friends to play with and mum and dad can relax while the sun sets. The view from the pub ( the oldest building in Hunstanton by the way ) over the...

  • Taking The Sea Air

    We Brits have a tradition of taking the sea air that goes back to victorian times. When the cities were trying to cope with all the new heavy industry and the air was dirty and people were suffering with all types of ailments, particularly associated with breathing, then a trip to the coast was often recommended to get some clean air in to your...

  • Check out those cliffs

    Hunstanton's most interesting, unique feature is its lovely, multi-colored cliffs. These stand about 60 feet high, and are the town's main tourist attraction.The nearest rail service is in King's Lynn.

  • Enjoy the beach!

    Hunstanton has nice beaches, which offer a variety of experiences. One can hire a pony, ride in an amphibious vehicle (provided that the sea isn't too rough that day), or just stroll along the seashore.

  • Castle Rising

    A Norman castle / ruin. It is a massive stone ringwork and bailey. To the east, a small square gatehouse is set in the bank with a fragment of the 14th century brick curtain wall to one side. In the inner enclosure are the foundations of a 11th century Norman chapel, hard against the bank. The moats and hills surrounding the castle are beautiful,...

  • Thornham

    Thornham is a quiet place popular with bird watchers or beach lovers. The beach has excellent sands and is reached after a mile long walk along the Norfolk Coastal Path.Very beautiful scenery, not at all crowded and truly relaxing. Near the parking space is a small "harbour" which is only flooded when the tide is high, it is very picturesque!

  • Holkham Hall

    Holkham Hall, a classic 18th century Palladian style mansion is situated in a Deer Park on the North Norfolk coast. The Marble Hall is absolutely stunning, as well as the many beautifully furnished bedrooms and the old kitchen with original pots and pans.Some of the rooms are still used by the family (Leicester) for receptions or guests staying...

  • Norfolk Lavender

    The Norfolk Lavender Visitor Center is only a few minutes drive from Hunstanton, on the way to King's Lynn. It is said to be England's Premier Lavender farm with lavender and herb gardens, a Plant Centre, Tea Rooms and a very nice (though expensive) gift shop. More than 55 individual beds of herbs are displayed, many of the herbs can be purchased....

  • St. Mary's Church

    St. Mary's Church in Old Hunstanton is one of the typically Norman churches. Built in the early 14th century and situated outside the town centre, this is a beautiful and peaceful place. The ceiling is made of wood (which I hadn't seen before) and at the west end of the nave there is a Norman font surrounded by a beautiful mosaic pavement. In the...

  • A walk down the beach to Old Hunstanton

    When the tide is low, it is very nice to go down to the beach and walk along the interesting and colourful cliffs to Old Hunstanton. The beach here is full of large stones covered by algas (they are not slippery, so it is fun to jump from one to another) and there are small animals like crabs hiding between the stones.This is a relaxing possibility...


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Hunstanton Transportation

  • Norfolk Coasthopper

    Hunstanton stands at one end of the 'Coasthopper' service that provides public transport along the North Norfolk coast as far as Cromer. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty, and even if you have a car, it is an ideal way to explore the region.I always think that you get a better 'feel' of a region by using such services, and this one forms...

  • By Train ?

    It is a crying shame that Hunstanton lost it's rail connection back in the 1960's. It was before my day, but I'm still disgusted. Regular trains used to run direct from London, and would bring in holidaymakers in their thousands. With a pathetic road connection (it's a bit better nowadays), the life-blood of the town was strangled.The nearest...

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Hunstanton Shopping

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    Arts & Craft Centre

    by Ines28 Written Aug 5, 2004

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    This shop is is a traditional old house and offers all kind of souvenirs, from porcelain to recipe books, from iron animals to real antiques. It is large shop but with many small cosy rooms. You can even watch someone making pottery items like vases or butter pots.
    As they say it themselves: A visit is a must!

    What to buy: As I was not used to the generally high prices, I looked only for smaller and affordable items. In my opinion, I found the perfect little gift (okay, mostly for women): little recipe books, e.g. Favourite Farmhouse recipes or country fare etc. They only cost 0,99 GBP and are illustrated with pretty paintings.

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Hunstanton Local Customs

  • Crab fishing in Wells-next-the-Sea

    Wells-next-the-Sea has a small harbour, and especially on week-ends you will see lots of people sitting on the promenade trying to catch some crabs by using some sort of string with a lure. Often whole families try their luck as crab-fishers.

  • Flower Festival

    Try to visit a Flower festival in one of the many churches. By chance, we saw the festival held in the St. Nicholas Church, Dersingham.The church was decorated with many different flower arrangements made by different groups as schools and several associations. The bouquets are numbered and the numbers are listed in a small book. For every bouquet...

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Hunstanton Off The Beaten Path

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    The Market site - no trains now

    by sourbugger Updated Jun 12, 2007

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    Want to see what utter rubbish the English will buy ?

    Have a look around the weekend market that operates right in the centre of town on the site of the old railway station.

    Want to buy a high-vis jacket for a 3 year old ? Here's your place.

    Want to buy a new wheelchair ? Here's your place. Makes you wander how they get to the stall in the first they struggle there and buy a new one, or do you drop the old one off in part exchange ?

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Hunstanton Sports & Outdoors

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    Hunstanton's golf card

    by sourbugger Written Jun 11, 2007

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    Hunstanton's golf course (at old Hunstanton) is often considered to be one of the 'undiscovered gems' of the English game.

    Although an ancient course, it has been updated at various points in it's history and still provides a fearsome test for people who actually enjoy spoiling a walk whilst wearing silly trousers.

    At 70 quid or 80 quid a day to play, it's not cheap. The green fees do however entitle you to play all day, so you can get two rounds in for that price - and that makes it far more attractive.

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