Hunstanton was a dedicated sea bathing resort in the 1840s. Today it retains its Victorian character and attracts holidaymakers young and old, with beaches, dramatic cliffs and scenic sand dunes.
This seaside resort town was created by the Victorians in 1846 and continues to attract visitors today who come here for the award-winning beach, thought to be one of the cleanest and safest in the UK. This vast beach is perfect for family paddling, or trying something a little more adventurous; you're likely to see watersports enthusiast's kite surfing, windsurfing and parasailing, there are also pony rides available for the kids. In town there is the Esplanade Gardens with a leisure centre, crazy golf and pitch-and-put. A seasonal land train operates and is a fun way to get around town.
The Hunstanton coastline is characterised by its dramatic red and white cliffs that stretch for almost a mile; this rugged part of the beach has numerous rock pools just waiting to be explored. The limitless horizon and vast skies ensure spectacular views over the sea and great sunsets due to its west facing orientation, despite its east coast location.
Norfolk is known for attracting many species of birds and Hunstanton is a great place from which to visit one of Britain's best nature reserves. To support a good cause and keep the kids entertained, head for Hunstanton Sealife Sanctuary, here there's an indoor aquarium, penguins, otters and rescued seals; you can even visit the seal hospital. To see them in their natural habitat, take a boat ride across The Wash to the sandbanks used by the resident population of common seals.
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