Beautiful Sheringham on the North Norfolk Coast has been welcoming visitors since the railway first arrived here in the 1880s. Brimming with vintage charm and warmth, this delightful North Norfolk seaside resort is a favourite with many, offering award-winning Blue Flag beaches framed by the famous Sheringham cliffs. The resort also has a first class golf course, a little theatre and leisure complex.
No visit to Sheringham is complete without a ride on Norfolk’s most popular steam railway, the North Norfolk Railway. Heritage steam trains depart from Sheringham station pushing inland for around 10 miles along the Poppy Line towards Georgian market town Holt. A top seaside base from which to explore the North Norfolk Heritage Coast, Sheringham is surrounded by a choice of attractions including Sheringham Park with landscaped gardens designed by famous garden designer Humphry Repton.
Take a cliff top walk along Sheringham’s famous cliffs with panoramic views of the North Coast or relax in one of the town’s many fine real ale pubs, cafes and tearooms. Delicious seafood is usually on sale in one of the shellfish bar shacks along the main high street. Holiday accommodation in Sheringham includes a wide choice of family friendly holiday parks, elegant Victorian or Edwardian guest houses and a wide choice of holiday cottages and self-catering seaside apartments in and around the town.
Guests based in Sheringham also have access to excellent local transport links including regular trains from Sheringham station to Cromer and Norwich and the hopper bus service running from Sheringham along the North Norfolk Heritage Coast. Browse places to stay in Sheringham and book now.
North Norfolk Railway – The Poppy Line
The glorious Poppy Line of The North Norfolk Railway runs between Sheringham and Weybourne on the Norfolk Coast and inland to the pretty village of Holt. The railway line takes you through stunning woodland and local beauty spots Sheringham Park and Kelling Heath. Events on the North Norfolk Railway are all year round and include Beer Festivals, Steam Galas, a 1940s Weekend, Santa Specials and more.
Sheringham is the main station along the North Norfolk Railway, famously nicknamed The Poppy Line by the Victorian journalist Clement Scott who whilst visiting the area extolled the virtues of his ‘Poppy-land’. A stunning display of Poppies feature along the Railway line in summer.
The North Norfolk Railway was built by William Marriott in 1887 and he ran it up until 1924. Beautiful Sheringham Station contains heritage signal boxes, a wonderful railway buffet with a display of old photographs of the station, a railway shop selling a fabulous selection of railway gifts, postcards, replicas of old railway posters and a Tourist Information Centre. Ample parking is adjacent to the station.
Most visitors start their journey here at Sheringham Station and take day trips inland to Georgian village Holt with its many specialist shops and tearooms. Attractions at other station stops include the priory ruins at fishing village Weybourne. Weybourne is also home to The Muckleburgh Collection Military Museum situated on the site of a former World War II military camp.
Sheringham Park (National Trust) contains spectacular gardens designed by acclaimed landscape designer Humphry Repton (1752-1818). The park was one of Repton’s own favourites and contains an exquisite display of azaleas and rhododendrons in season. Other highlights include the wild garden and the climb up the gazebo tower for panoramic views. Find Sheringham Park 2 miles west of Sheringham with the entrance signposted at the junction of the A148 and B1157. The park is clearly signposted from Sheringham centre.
The Mo – Sheringham Museum
Overlooking Sheringham seafront is The Mo – Sheringham Museum with its great viewing tower. Exhibits inside explore the history of lifeboats and fishing in the area as well as Sheringham’s popularity as a Victorian seaside resort. An original Victorian bathing hut forms part of the museum’s displays.
Sheringham Beach & Sea Cliffs
Blue Flag Sheringham beach bay sits adjacent to the town centre and is beautifully framed by the Sheringham cliffs. The beach is a gentle pebble beach surrounded by a wide choice of cafes, traditional pubs and a selection of arcades. The sea cliffs are a distinctive feature in the resort, depicted on many a heritage railway poster in the past. Atop of the sea cliffs you’ll find a choice of trails heading towards local nature reserves. Pick up leaflet guides from the tourist information centre at the station.
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