Hotels and Holiday Cottages in Sheringham

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Referred to by its fans as 'the jewel on the North Norfolk coast', Sheringham is a popular holiday destination. Perched on the coast between the towns of Cromer and Wells-next-the-Sea, Sheringham celebrated its centenary in 2001. Once just a small Norfolk fishing village, its economic peak came during the late 19th and early 20th centuries; Sheringham owed much of its prosperity to the coming of the railway, which allowed fish (with a particular focus on crab and other shellfish) to be transported more efficiently to potential markets such as London. The town is still well served by its rail links; the Bittern Line is the main line to Cromer and Norwich; beyond Sheringham, the local North Norfolk Railway, or 'Poppy Line' takes travellers on to Weybourne, Kelling Heath and Holt.

Originally, the parish was comprised of two communities, in Upper and Lower Sheringham, and was listed in the Domesday Book in 1086. It is thought that the area takes its name from Scandinavian origins, meaning 'home of Scira's people'.

The sandy beaches are an obvious attraction for visitors, with both pebbles and sand visible, depending on the state of the tide. The town also plays host to a thriving number of art and craft stores, as well as some excellent ice cream and fish and chip shops. In the very centre of Sheringham, opposite the small town clock, stands Sheringham Little Theatre, offering a fine range of entertainment throughout the year, including a well-established Summer season. The town also boasts pitch and putt, amusement arcades, teashops and fine, cliff top gardens. Sheringham Market takes place every Saturday, and also on Wednesdays during the Summer. On the road out of the town towards Cromer, the Roman Catholic Church of St Joseph's is perhaps an unlikely place to find the architecture of the renowned designer of Battersea Power Station and the British Red Telephone box, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott.

Beyond the town lies Kelling Heath, over 250 acres of outstanding and varied countryside, particularly famous amongst bird-watchers. Nearby can be found Sheringham Country Park, run by the National Trust and famous for its rhododendrons and fabulous coastal views. In the opposite direction stands the unique geology of Beeston Hill - also known as Beeston 'Bump' - formed by retreating glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age, and once a World War II Y-station for British Signals Intelligence, the Hill is now on the route of the North Norfolk Coastal Path.

Nearest tourist attractions

Sheringham Museum



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