A visitors guide to the seaside resort of Hunstanton (Sunny
Hunny) located on the West Coast of Norfolk. Hunstanton is a popular
holiday destination with a friendly family atmosphere retaining much
of its original Victorian elegance. Here you can enjoy all the
traditional coastal attractions, such as donkey rides on the beach,
a trip round the town in a Road Train, or if you’re feeling more
adventurous go for a ride on a sea buggy, which trawls up and down
The town also has a swimming pool, an indoor leisure centre, a
highly popular theatre and a Sealife Centre.
You can walk along the extensive promenade all the way up to the
next seaside town, which is Snettisham. Colourful and extensive
gardens butt up against the sea shore where you can chose from
either pitch and putt or a game of bowls. Or there are many hidden
seats if you prefer to just while a way the time with a good book,
enjoying the sunshine.
Hunstanton's majestic and unusual coloured cliffs rise some 60 feet
high and run along the beach for ¾ mile. Stratas of red and
white lime and rust brown carstone streak their widths. The best
place to observe this dramatic colouration is at the northern end of
the Promenade near where the 1841 lighthouse stands. At the base of
these cliffs are rock pools and fine sandy beaches. A fair complete
with doughnuts, candyfloss, seaside rock and many many rides, sits
by the seafront.
Whatever you look for in a seaside holiday, Hunstanton will suit,
because it offers something for all ages with a marvellous variety
of activities in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The beach
is kept very tidy by the local council and is a mixture of sand,
stone and shingle with a little mud at low tide.
Although located on the east coast its cliffs actually face west,
making for some fabulous sunsets. One famous visitor who benefited
from the pure sea air was Edward VII when he was Prince of Wales, he
stayed in Hunstanton when he was recovering from typhoid fever.
For holiday accommodation in Hunstanton or closeby - self catering -
bed and breakfast - camping and caravan - holiday parks - hotel -
inns - guest house look at our accommodation pages.
The town became a popular seaside
resort back in the 1860’s encouraged by Hamon le Strange of
Hunstanton Hall.Locals call Hunstanton ‘Sunny Hunny’ as it is
known for its superb sunsets, although on the East Coast Hunstanton
actually faces West.
The lighthouse was built in 1841 and
remained a working lighthouse until September of 1921 when the light
was eventually turned off!
In the winter of 1938 the sea was frozen
to a depth of some 6 feet in places leaving glacier like scenery and
creaking ice floes everywhere. Hard to believe!