Hotels and Holiday Cottages in Hunstanton

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Further hotel information

The Kings Head Hotel Address: , King's Lynn, tel:01485 578265

The Hoste Arms Hotel Address: The Green High St, King's Lynn, tel:01328 738257

Rose & Crown Address: Old Church Rd, King's Lynn, tel:01485 541382

The Compasses Inn Address: 16 Lynn Rd, King's Lynn, tel:01485 543270

Feathers Hotel Address: 71 Manor Rd, King's Lynn, tel:01485 540207

Park House Hotel Address: , Sandringham, tel:01485 543000


Tourist information

Hunstanton is a popular family holiday destination on the north Norfolk coast. Situated just along the coast from King's Lynn, the town looks out towards the west, in the direction of the estuary of the Wash; consequently, it is the only east coast seaside resort where the sun can be seen to set over the sea.

Recent archaeological finds suggest that Hunstanton may have been part of a Neolithic settlement. The site of this original settlement is now known as Old Hunstanton, and can be found to the east of the main town, at the far end of the famous red and white lime and brown carstone striped cliffs, and beyond the numerous rock pools on the shoreline. On the cliff top, and between the two settlements, can be found the disused lighthouse built in 1841, and a few low remaining ruins of St Edmund's Chapel, which was constructed in 1272. The river Hun runs out to sea just east of Old Hunstanton.

During the mid 1800s a local landowner, one Henry Styleman Le Strange, took it upon himself to turn the town into a leading holiday resort. Key to the enterprise was persuading investors to fund the construction of a railway line from King's Lynn; this railway - the Lynn & Hunstanton Railway - brought tourists and visitors into Hunstanton, and the line subsequently became one of the most consistently profitable railway companies in the country.

Hunstanton retains many of the usual pleasures of the traditional Victorian seaside town that it once was, with a funfair (complete with helter-skelter), and an extensive promenade, with teashops, rainhuts, pitch and putt, and bowling greens. In addition, more modern entertainment options are also available: the Sea Life Sanctuary, a leisure centre and swimming pool offer visitors indoor amusements on more inclement days. The Princess Theatre continues to draw in audiences to see a wide variety of shows and films throughout the year. A sea buggy offers trips out across the wide sandy beaches and out into the waters of the Wash. Grey seals are often visible on the local sand banks.

Those wide, sandy beaches also mean that Hunstanton is a popular choice for windsurfers and kite-surfers, although the reach of the tides and the length of the beach mean that there is often more walking than sailing involved in a days sport; below the promenade, the local sailing club is often packed with devoted members, waiting for an opportune moment to take out to sea.

Close to Hunstanton Sailing Club, a new arcade and bowling alley complex have been constructed on the site of the old pier, the remains of which burnt down in 2002, although much of the true pier structure had long since been washed away when a severe storm lashed the coast in 1978.

On either side of Hunstanton, the RSPB nature reserves of salt and freshwater marsh at Titchwell Marsh and the lagoons at Snettisham offer birdwatchers unique environments for both reedbed and wading birds.

Taking the road out of the town, west towards King's Lynn, you pass the world-famous Norfolk Lavender farm at Heacham, which offers visitors teas, guided tours and a well-stocked gift shop. The Queen's Winter residence and estate at Sandringham is also within striking distance, whilst in the other direction, eastwards, lies the start of the Roman road known as the Peddars Way at Ringstead, and the birthplace of Norfolk hero Admiral Lord Nelson, at Burnham Thorpe. Both of these two villages enjoy excellent local pubs, the Gin Trap and the Lord Nelson, respectively.

Nearest tourist attractions

Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary
0.4m

0.6m

Le Strange Old Barns; Antiques, Arts and Craft Centre
1.4m

2.3m

Holme Bird Observatory Reserve
2.5m

3.9m


Nearest airports

Norwich
37.6m

Cambridge
52.2m

Humberside
56.2m


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