Hunstanton has broad sandy beaches and there are plenty of rock pools to explore at the base of the cliffs and around the groynes. It is the only coastal town in East Anglia to face west, and is renowned for its sunsets over the sea.
The main beach holds both a Blue Flag and a Seaside Award, reflecting the cleanliness of the beach and bathing water, its safety and the high quality of its facilities.
The north promenade at Hunstanton is bordered by large elegant Victorian and Edwardian houses. On the central promenade you will find the Sea Life Sanctuary, Funfair and Alive Oasis Leisure Centre.
Along Hunstanton seafront are stalls selling candyfloss, doughnuts, seaside rock, ice creams, buckets & spades, and all the other paraphernalia needed for the beach. On Sunday afternoons a band often plays in the bandstand on the green overlooking the beach, serenading sunbathers and passers-by.
You can also take a trip around Hunstanton on the land train, or a sea tour on an ex-military amphibious craft. There are pony rides are on the main beach every day in the summer season, times depending on the tide times.
Old Hunstanton Beach
This beach is at the other end of the cliffs from the main beach. For more information, see Old Hunstanton Beach.
Both the main beach and Old Hunstanton beach are popular venues for the exciting sport of kite surfing. It also takes place at Brancaster, seven miles east along the coast.
To rent a beach chalet on Hunstanton seafront, contact Alive Oasis Leisure Centre. The beach huts at Old Hunstanton are privately owned.
Tides and Weather
Please be aware of the tide times and weather conditions so that you don't have to call out the lifeboat based at Old Hunstanton! See Hunstanton Tide Times and Hunstanton Weather Station.
Dogs on the Beach
Dogs are not allowed on the beach at Hunstanton between the cliffs and the power boat launch ramp between Good Friday and 31 October. The banned area extends from the north end of the promenade (next to the cliffs) to the Boat House Cafe on South Beach Road (which is next to the power boat launch ramp just behind the promenade). There are no restrictions on dog walking along Old Hunstanton beach. Dogs on the promenade must be kept on a lead. Dog bins are provided on the promenade.
A beach patrol operates on Hunstanton main beach in the summer months to help you have a safe and fun trip. First aid and a lost child service is also available.
There are ramps onto the beach and toilets for people with disabilities.
Cycling is banned on Hunstanton main beach between the 'pier' (tenpin bowling alley) and the power boat launch ramp.