Published: 04.05.2020

Guide to Cottage Holidays in the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Wells next the sea beachThinking of booking a cottage holiday in the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty?  Find out what this beautiful area of Norfolk has to offer for holidaymakers with Country Cottages Online’s guide.  If you're searching for holiday cottage rentals along the Norfolk's Coast AONB we can help with that too.

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Much of Norfolk’s northern coastline, is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty.  Starting from near Heacham close to the Wash on the west side of the north Norfolk coast, all the way eastwards across to Mundesley, this coastal part of Norfolk is a truly appealing part of England for a self-catering break.


Highlights of the Norfolk Coast AONB

Cromer Norfolk Coastal AONB

From quaint seaside villages to bustling seaside towns with inviting beaches, the Norfolk Coast AONB has something for everyone.  The area is also renowned for its wildlife watching opportunities and nature reserves.

Seaside Towns and Coastal Villages along the Norfolk Coast AONB

  • Blakeney – the coastal village of Blakeney is very picturesque, and boat trips run from the village for visitors who want to go seal and bird watching at Blakeney point.
  • Cley next the Sea – with its windmill and historic cottages, this small yet inviting village has to be one of the prettiest to be found along Norfolk’s Coastal AONB.  Close to the village is a long stretch of shingle and pebble beach, which leads up to Blakeney point where you can go seal watching.
  • Cromer – is very attractive seaside town along the Norfolk Coast AONB.  With a lighthouse, a traditional pier, elegant buildings and a long stretch of beach, Cromer has lots to attract visitors.
  • Sheringham – this bustling coastal town with its long stretch of blue flag award winning beach, its traditional seaside appeal, cafes, restaurants and shops is on of the most popular along the Norfolk coast AONB.   There is even a steam railway so there is plenty to attract holidaymakers to Sheringham.
  • Wells next the Sea – a very pretty coastal town, Wells with its cafes and historic appeal is an inviting place to visit.  There’s also an inviting stretch of sandy beach close to the town.

Nature Lovers Delight along the Norfolk Coast AONB

Norfolk’s AONB is particularly rich in nature reserves, and is an area that is particularly renowned for its bird watching opportunities.

Popular areas for bird watching include RSPB Snettisham close to Heacham where birds flock to the salt marshes and salt lagoons, as well as Scolt Head Island National Nature Reserve, Holkham National Nature Reserve with its dunes, saltmarsh and woodlands, and the Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Cley and Salthouses Marshes.

The Norfolk Coast AONB is also popular for seal watching.  Boat trips run from Blakeney to Blakeney point which is home to England’s biggest colony of grey seals.

Whatever your interests, whether you’re planning a take it easy cottage holiday along the Norfolk coast AONB or want to enjoy wildlife watching galore, you can be assured that the Norfolk Coast AONB has something for everyone.

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