There's plenty to see and do
It’s easy to see why Hunstanton is considered to be one of the most beautiful towns in Norfolk, and why it’s so popular with visitors choosing to holiday in the region. It’s a place of natural beauty, where the beaches are lined with rich red and orange cliffs and where tourists since the Victorian times have been enjoying traditional seaside activities.
It’s in Hunstanton that golfers can savour the sea breeze as they look out over the expansive salt marshes, and where lovers of history can admire exceptional buildings that include the whitewashed Old Hunstanton Lighthouse and the remains of St Edmund’s Chapel.
Affectionately known as ‘Sunny Hunny’, Hunstanton is a wonderful place to enjoy romantic walks on the beach. The sun sets on the horizon, out over the water, often orange in colour to blend with the red chalk cliffs.
The Le Strange family have had a big part to play in Hunstanton’s current popularity. It was Henry Styleman Le Strange that chose to turn Hunstanton into a seaside resort, and encouraged the production of the Lynn and Hunstanton Railway. He employed his friend William Butterfield to construct new Hunstanton’s first building, which today is the Golden Lion Hotel and was then known as the Royal Hotel, and he mapped out the rest of the town including shops and a church to attract a variety of visitors. Old Hunstanton Park includes a magnificent moated hall that was the home of the Le Strange family throughout the 1800s, and it’s in this park that you’ll find the source of the River Hun.
Hunstanton remains as a seaside resort popular with families, couples and the elderly. You’ll find little in the way of nightlife, but will be able to enjoy the bustling bi-weekly markets, the arcade and the bowling alley as well as lazy afternoons on the beach. Try traditional fish and chips served at local restaurants and chip shops, or buy tickets for one of the many wonderful performances at the Hunstanton Princess Theatre.