On the doorstep
From its fantastic beach to the choice of eateries and activities, discover more of what Old Hunstanton has to offer.
This delightful, tranquil former fishing village, dating back to the 13th century, is nestled at the foot of the iconic, fossil-rich, striped cliffs that separate Old Hunstanton from its younger and bigger sister, the Victorian seaside town of Hunstanton.
It also marks the start of a smattering of quaint flint and pantiled fishing villages that hug this beautiful stretch of the North-West Norfolk coast.
Old Hunstanton sits at the western end of the coastal strip designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which runs round the coast eastwards, as far as Bacton.
And, as the only village on the East coast to face West, Old Hunstanton regularly bears witness to the most spectacular sunsets over the Wash (hence the nickname 'Sunny Hunny').
Handy for the beach, walking along the coast, or into Hunstanton. Close to the Coasthopper bus too."
Whether visiting for a taste of the quiet life, or more active pursuits, you'll find plenty here to keep you amused and entertained, well-fed and watered.
Where better to start than the beach?
The stunning, expansive, soft, sandy beach is skirted by marram grass-tufted dunes and stretches to Holme-next-the-Sea in the east and Hunstanton in the west.
It has the shortest walk-in of any beach along this stretch of coast, with no salt marshes to negotiate, and is a favourite location all-year-round for a variety of big sky seekers.
Family and dog-friendly, it's perfect for paddling, sandcastle-building, kite-flying, beach cricket, body boarding and picnics. For explorers, there are rock pools, the shipwreck of the steam trawler Sheraton and huge beach boulders at the foot of the cliffs to investigate. Or you could simply lose yourself in a barefoot stroll; lungfuls of sea air, sand between your toes, huge skies, captivating light, and miles of open space.
Old Hunstanton beach is also a popular playground for thrill-seekers; wind and kite surfers, paragliders, paddle boarders and occasional horse riders. Then, of course, there's the native bird life. However, particularly when the tide is out, it never feels crowded and you can always find your own secluded spot.
While it’s unlikely you’ll be completely alone or first on the beach (there always seem to be fresh footprints in the sand, no matter how early), it’s also ideal for capturing a sense of stillness, peace and tranquility.
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OLD HUNSTANTON PLAY PARK
COASTLINER 36 BUS STOP
BORDOLI'S WOOD-FIRED KITCHEN (FRIDAY's ONLY)
A stroll to the Old Hunstanton Stores for freshly-baked bread and croissants for breakfast is a great way to start exploring.
Alternatively, head to the Old Town Beach Café for a wonderful cooked breakfast on the beach!
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At the entrance to the beach, you'll find the Hunstanton RNLI lifeboat station. You can watch the crew training on most Sunday mornings, and visitors are welcome.
Revered, Michelin-starred fine dining, specialising in modern British classics with an unusual and unexpected twist.
Stylish gastropub, with versatile exciting menu to suit all the family, including tasty vegan offerings.
A traditional inn offering fresh 'real' food and a regular choice of guest ales.
Award-winning and a must for delicious breakfast, lunch, or tea and homemade cake on the beach. Extensive vegan menu too.
The Ancient Mariner
Family-friendly, classic bar menu, choice of local ales, and a huge garden overlooking the sea
Bordoli's mobile pizza kitchen
A Friday evening highlight! Hand-stretched, wood-fired pizzas.
It is wonderful to be able to walk to the beach and The Lodge, where we had two delicious evening meals.
For the actively inclined, as well as its beach pursuits, Old Hunstanton has long enjoyed a sporting reputation, thanks to its 18-hole championship links golf course. This is just a five-minute walk away, with clubs, and provides even the most experienced golfer with a testing challenge. Daily green fees are available.
Children's play – Old Hunstanton play park.
Enjoy gentle rambles along the coast and countryside walks on warm summer days or autumnal bike rides along the quiet narrow lanes.
Old Hunstanton Hall walk
Thursdays only 10-5.
Tradition, allowed in to collect firewood.
Walking – Peddar's Way, Norfolk coast path.
The excellent Coast Hopper bus service is a great way to explore along the coast, while leaving the car behind. The bus stop is just a two minute walk away from the apartment on the main coast road. The bus route shadows the Norfolk Coastal Path, from Hunstanton to Cromer, so if you’re a keen walker, you can pick and choose which stretches you experience on foot, then rejoin the bus further along the route.
The livelier Victorian seaside town of Hunstanton, or ‘new town’ as the locals call it, is just a mile away, at the opposite end of the cliffs, with its wider range of shops, Sealife Centre, traditional funfair, candy floss and donuts, joke shop, amusements, bowling, swimming pool, theatre, donkey rides and crazy golf.
The livelier town of new Hunstanton is a mile or twenty minute walk away, with its shops and banks, plus excellent Sealife Centre, and traditional British seaside offerings of a funfare, amusements, crazy golf, bowling, fish and chips, donkeys on the beach in summer, a leisure centre and theatre.
New Hunstanton was created as a bathing resort by local landowner Henry Styleman Le Strange in 1846 as a holiday destination and was well-serviced by a direct rail line from King’s Lynn to Hunstanton.
The Le Strange family still live in Hunstanton to this day and own the beach, and, according to a charter in their possession, they also own “everything in the sea as far as a man on a horse can throw a javelin from the low tide mark”!
Hunstanton town centre is approximately one mile away, (20-minute walk), with its traditional funfair and amusement arcades. The Coastliner 36 (formerly Coast Hopper) bus stop is just 500-meters round the corner, on the coast road, so you can give your car a holiday too!
Perched on the clifftop, overlooking the start of Old Hunstanton beach is the imposing lighthouse.
Built in 1822, it was operational for a century.