About Mundesley & Norfolk
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Mundesley is a small but busy & thriving coastal village with so much to offer, it’s so easy to fall in love with this beautiful seaside retreat, away from the hustle and bustle of life. Mundesley has a fabulous blue flag beach with long stretches of sand and at low tide shallow pools are left on the beach making it ideal for children. During the summer the main part of the beach is lifeguard patrolled. People of all ages enjoy the beach for different reasons from swimming, surfing, walking, or just relaxing with a picnic listening to the sea. It’s a lovely way to spend some of your holiday.
To really make the most of your stay, don’t forget to check the tide times each day, so you can enjoy the beach at its best. View Mundesley Tide Times.
Find out more about Mundesley.
Finding your way around
When you leave the cottage, there are 2 ways to get to the beach.
You can turn right and walk up to Kiln Cliffs Caravan Park. Follow the driveway through the park, turn left and walk along the clifftop until you come to a walkway down to the beach, between 2 of the vans, just before you get to the white bollards. This is the quickest way to the beach, but is quite steep, steps and slope down (so not suitable for buggies or those with difficulty walking). This end of the beach is quieter and dog friendly all year. (Please note these steps have been damaged by a storm and are currently unavailable – June 2021)
Alternatively, if you turn left out of the cottage, then go immediately left onto the track (Albion Way) follow this round to the right for a lovely walk down towards the village, you will come out near the church, and just turn left and carry on through to the village centre. Here you will see a slope down to the award winning blue-flag beach, dogs are not permitted on this part of the beach from May-Sept. You will also find some of the shops, cafes, takeaways and pubs along this main street, or if you turn right at the Spar shop, you will find the other shops, post office, medical centre, there is also a fresh fish van that sets up in the car park, offering crab/lobster and other seafood.
Also, when you turn left from the cottage, if you walk along the main path, you will find a Tesco express with a cashpoint – useful for your provisions, as open late.
Coastal village amenities
Mundesley has lots to offer besides the beach, including an excellent 9 hole Golf Course & Driving Range that welcomes visitors. Phone 01263 720095 or visit the golf club website.
There is also a very good children’s playground in Gold Park with a zip wire, skateboard park and outdoor mini gym. Crazy Golf is available for all the family at Adventureland opposite the beach.
Those who are more adventurous might want to try the Glide Surf school – lessons are available – book through their Facebook page here.
Mundesley has some great little independent local shops, including a chemist, hardware shop, florist and gorgeous ladieswear boutique – Jupe …with lovely clothing and accessories from White Stuff, Seasalt, Mudd and Water, and Braintree. View Jupe on Facebook.
The Mundesley Museum sits on “The Lees” overlooking the beach with spectacular views over the sea. The Museum is believed to be one of the smallest in England.
The museum sits in a coastguard lookout which was built in 1928. Inside the building is Maritime history and Mundesley Maritime/Coastal History. The museum features photographs, prints and information illustrating local fishing and trade from the 19th century, equipment from 1930/40s. It also has information on; Mundesley Railway, Mundesley Minefield and locally found Fossils (such as a Mammoth!, Elephant! and Hippopotamus!).
The Museum is fully Accredited by the Arts Council and open from June-September but is staffed by volunteers and so may not be open. Check the Mundesley Museum website.
Eating & drinking – our recommendations
Enjoy one of the lovely cafes and pubs serving great food – The Ship Inn, (around a 15-20 minute walk from the cottage) is a particular favourite and has the most amazing sea views! We strongly recommend that you book well in advance of your stay as this is a very popular pub and gets very booked up. Visit their website: Mundesley Ship Pub
Dogs are welcome in the bar area.
We have taken our research duties very seriously, and can highly recommend both the Village Chip Shop and Chinese Takeaways.
There are also a number of cafes where you can get hot and cold drinks, ice creams, breakfasts, lunches and much more. Our favourite is the Corner House Café with its fabulous home-made cakes Corner House Cafe
A new restaurant is opening in Mundesley in July 2021, called The View – link to Facebook page here.
We have not been able to visit yet, but the menu looks great and they do breakfasts/lunches and dinners.
Further afield, Cromer is within a 15 minute drive round the coast with its beautiful Victorian pier, where you can enjoy your fish and chips from Mary Jane’s, or enjoy No1 Cromer, this is the latest Fish & Chip restaurant from renowned chef, Galton Blackiston. Locally sourced produce is at the heart of the menu and the ethos of No1 Cromer. No 1 Chips
Beyond Cromer, still on the coast road, you will find Rocky Bottoms, a place to sit in and enjoy beautiful sea food and take in the stunning views (and on the way out pick up something from the sea food counter).
The aim of Rocky Bottoms is to keep things fresh, simple and local, from pot to plate! Aiming to be a casual and chilled place to be (it’s the simple things in life!). Bring your family, friends & dogs! Rocky Bottoms
(Dogs on leads are more than welcome outside and also inside in the Anna Gail room)
Head inland from Mundesley towards Roughton, approximately 10 minutes away in Southrepps you will find the cosy and welcoming Vernon Arms, serving great pub food. Vernon Arms
Another 5 minutes further inland, Thorpe Market has the lovely Gunton Arms, a Gastro-pub set in stunning Gunton is a one thousand acre deer park established in the eighteenth century. Gunton Arms
Stuart Tattersall cooks from local ingredients and seasonal produce. Venison from the deerpark and beef from the local herd at Blickling are cooked over a large open fire in the Elk Room. The Gunton Arms also has its own seafood, mussels and Cromer crab are caught by local fishermen. Restaurant
Exploring further afield
There are many pretty villages along the coast and slightly inland that are great to visit including Burnham Market, Cley, Holt, Letheringsett, Salthouse, Stiffkey, Cromer, Fakenham, Sheringham, Wells & Blakeney.
If you get a chance, its well worth a visit to the incredible beach at Holkham (approx 30 miles) where the music video for “Pure Shores”, by All Saints, was shot together with some scenes for the 2000 film The Beach, and closing scenes of Gwyneth Paltrow walking on a beach in Shakespeare in love. You can enjoy a cream tea at The Victoria Inn.
There are miles of quiet lanes for walking/cycling. Weavers Way is a disused railway track & ideal for cycling and walking. Part of it runs adjacent to Pigneys Wood between Knapton & North Walsham & is a beautiful natural park for walking & picnics. Bacton Woods is a large woodland and has trails for cycling, walking & picnics.
The walks in and around Mundesley are breath-taking: the coastal path is really spectacular. You can walk to Cromer along the beach in 2.5 hours (or a 15 minute drive round the coast) with its beautiful Victorian pier, where you can enjoy the lovely cafes, shops and beach, or experience an ‘End of The Pier’ show at the theatre in the Summer and at Christmas, which I am assured is not to be missed!
Coasthopper Bus Service
If you fancy exploring the coast and don’t want to drive, try the Coasthopper Bus Service. This regular service stops just outside Lavender cottage and will get you around easily. Visit the Coasthopper website.
The beautiful mediaeval city of Norwich is only a 45 minute drive away. In Medieval times Norwich was one of the greatest cities in England. The city is dominated by its 12th century Cathedral and Castle, built by the Normans with stone imported from France. The Castle is the County’s principle museum and is home to some of the most outstanding collections of fine art, archaeology and natural history. In the magnificent Norman keep, models, sound and video bring history to life.
The historic Norwich Anglican Cathedral is well worth a visit. The church, which stands proudly on the city’s skyline, has always been greatly loved by the people of Norfolk and was recently voted Norfolk’s favourite building. Visit the shop, library, catch an organ recital or attend one of the church’s regular events.
You will be enchanted by Elm Hill’s famous, cobbled medieval street which is home to a number of speciality shops, boutiques, bars and cafes. Norwich is now one of the top five shopping destinations in the United Kingdom. Hop off at Theatre Street for Norwich Market and The Forum by Jarrold (Norwich’s flagship, independent department store), for the very best art and gifts of the Eastern region. Castle Meadow offers The Mall and Colman’s Shop & Museum.
Why not try an ‘open top bus tour’ to really get the most out of a day trip.