Just over an hour’s drive from many parts of Cambridgeshire, Hunstanton is one of England’s finest seaside destinations.
One of the best places to enjoy Norfolk’s stunning coastline, the town was purpose-built as a resort in 1846 and is famous for its striking striped cliffs.
Its wide and sandy beach leads into calm waters and rock pools and is the only one on England’s east coast to face west – providing majestic sunsets.
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There is also a wide range of family activities on offer around the town, including Crazy Golf and Pitch-and-Putt, while the beautiful Esplanade Gardens are a place of tranquillity.
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As you would expect from any self-respecting seaside town, there are a number of excellent fish and chip places around Hunstanton. Sally’s Finest Fish ‘N’ Chips is the pick of the bunch – scoring a perfect five out of five in its TripAdvisor average.
There are also a number of good places for a drink, including The Old Marine Bar & Hotel, The Waterside Bar and The Mariner Inn – which has particularly impressive views.
Such is Hunstanton’s reputation, it was included in Condé Nast Traveller’s 44 best UK beaches, featuring alongside many others on England’s east coast – including Southwold in Suffolk and Brancaster in Norfolk.
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In its description of Hunstanton, the Condé Nast Traveller article says: “Hunstanton-the-town parcels up all the best bits of a quintessential British seaside resort: quaint little teashops, a candy striped helter-skelter and pony rides along the promenade – and come summer, families are lured here by the calm shallow waters and crabbing in the rockpools punctuating this wide, pebbly stretch of coastline.”
The smaller adjoining village of Old Hunstanton also gets its plaudits from the article.
It adds: “For lower-key, more rugged charm, lose the crowds and head a little further north to reach Old Hunstanton – here, wind-whipped clapperboard beach huts sit on a sweep of pristine buttery sand – and if you time your visit right, you’ll get ringside views of a spectacular sunset in front of the region’s famous red-and-white streaked cliffs.”
Whether you’re after the classic seaside trip, complete with family activities, fish and chips and maybe even a pint – Hunstanton has you covered.
Fortunately, if you’re looking for something a bit quieter, Old Hunstanton’s striking cliffs and great sunsets take some beating.
One of Norfolk’s favourite beaches, Hunstanton is around a 1 hour and 8-minute drive from Peterborough and 90 minutes from Cambridge.