Hunstanton – Main Beach

The beach for family fun and amusements


When describing the majority of North Norfolk’s beaches, phrases such as “undisturbed landscapes”, “wild and natural” and “peace and tranquility” leap to mind, but Hunstanton offers something completely different – unapologetic family fun.

Sunny Hunny was designed and purpose-built in the 1840’s as a Victorian seaside resort town, partly because it is – unusually for the east coast – west-facing, enjoying glorious sunsets over The Wash and shelter from North Sea winds.

Hunstanton Main Beach covers the area from the north end of the promenade where the famous red and white cliffs begin, down to the boat launch ramp, where powerboats, jetskis and the Wash Monsters enter the sea.

The beach itself is mostly sand with some shingle. Being a very shallow beach, the sea goes out a long way, but that does mean that it’s easy to get cut off on a sand bank when the tide comes back in. Visitors are advised to be aware of tide times when spending time on the beach.

In addition to the kiosks selling candy floss, doughnuts and ice creams, the promenade offers noise, thrills, entertainment and spectacle. The Rainbow Park funfair has fairground rides suitable for all ages; the Oasis Leisure Centre features a swimming pool with an aqua slide, a fun castle and roller skating; Blackbeards Adventure Golf is an 18 hole pirate themed mini golf course; and the Sea Life Centre has an aquarium, penguin beach and rescue seal sanctuary.

In summer, pony rides are available for small children on the beach.

Hunstanton is a popular beach for kite surfing, stand up paddleboarding, windsurfing and powerkiting. Lessons are available from Hunstanton Watersports.

Searle’s Sea Tours offer Coastal Cruises and Seal Safaris from Hunstanton Beach on their two Wash Monsters – 60-seater ex-military amphibious landing craft, originally designed to be used by American forces in Vietnam.

A beach patrol operates in the summer months to advise on water and beach safety. First aid and a lost child service is also available.

For a more sedate experience, the town Green, set just back behind the promenade, offers a pleasant place to spread out a blanket and do some people-watching. A band often plays on the bandstand on a Sunday afternoon.

Running from The Green along the top of the cliffs, The Esplanade Gardens are a traditional Victorian promenade garden, with bowling green and children’s play area, with elevated views over the sea below and across The Wash to Lincolnshire.

Car Parking

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk operates 8 car parks in Hunstanton.

All car parks are Pay and Display.

Car parkPostcodeSpacesDisabled spaces
CentralPE36 5EH431
CliffPE36 6EL1,500
Coach ParkPE36 5AR44N/A
North PromPE36 6DZ28
Seagate East and WestPE36 5BD900
South PromPE36 5BQ1538
SouthendPE36 5AR4887
Valentine RoadPE36 5HG734

The closest car parks for accessing Hunstanton Main Beach and promenade are South Prom, Southend and Seagate.

If you wish to go to the funfair, the closest car park is Seagate.

Bus Services

Hunstanton Main Beach can be reached using the 36 Coastliner service.

Nearest drop-off: Hunstanton Bus and Coach Station.

Distance: 0.4km (0.2mi)

More info: Visiting By Bus,


A busy seaside town, Hunstanton has a wide selection of pubs, cafés, restaurants and other shops near to the beach.

There are six public toilets maintained by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk.

Public toilets are generally well signposted.

Dog Restrictions

Dogs are not allowed on Hunstanton Main Beach between the power boat launch ramp in the south, and the north end of the promenade where the cliffs begin, between April and October. Restrictions are signposted on the promenade.

There are no restrictions outside those times.


The council runs a Beach Patrol Team from April to September providing information and beach safety leaflets, however they do not offer an active Lifeguard service.


Sand and shingle


Length: 1.4km (0.9mi)

Key Features

  Pay and Display car parks
  Nearest bus stop 0.4km (0.2mi)
  Restrictions on dogs during summer
  Public toilets on promenade
  Ramps onto the promenade and beach
  Kiosks and cafés on promenade
  Kiosks and cafés on promenade
  Town centre shopping 200m
  No active lifeguard service

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