Region in Focus: Where to Stay in North Norfolk

Can we let you into a secret? Not many people know but North Norfolk is a very special hidden gem and the perfect place to get away for a short break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

At Stay in a Pub, we love this corner of the country with its 45 miles of unspoiled coastline, award-winning beaches, and countryside with rich agricultural roots. The numerous nature reserves of international importance are a haven for wildlife and birds, and great for walking and cycling. The historic market towns and traditional fishing villages are homes to eateries serving locally sourced seasonal dishes, independent shops, and artisans, and there is a wealth of museums, stately homes, and places of cultural and historical interest to explore.

Exploring North Norfolk Highlights

The working villages of Brancaster and Brancaster Staithe are in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a glorious dog-friendly beach, thriving fishing village and vibrant sailing community.

Wells-next-the-Sea is famous for its seal trips and crabbing from the Harbour Wall, and has a lovely wide sandy beach surrounded by colourful beach huts.

For keen cyclists and ramblers, the Broads offer endless footpaths and quiet country roads to explore Britain’s largest protected wetland and nature reserve.

If you are feeling active, you can follow the Norfolk Coast Path and wander stretches of beautiful beach, through chocolate box villages and see amazing wildlife along the way.

To mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubliee there is a special exhibition at Sandringham House as well as formal commemorative planting in the Gardens. The Sandringham Sculpture walk includes dens, nature trails and a hardpacked path making it suitable for families with buggies.

Pensthorpe Nature and Bird Reserve is great for an action-packed discovery day out for the whole family with magical gardens and a trail through the bird reserve.

Houghton Hall celebrates its 300th Anniversary this year and the State Rooms are full re-opened to visitors as well as the award-winning walled garden.

The Holkham Estate is a place of rich and diverse landscapes; parkland, walled gardens, a nature reserve, farmland, and an expansive award-winning beach backed by sand dunes and pine forests.

With so much to do and see, a day trip to North Norfolk will never be enough. Explore by day and stay overnight in one of our traditional country inns, boutique pubs with rooms, or dog- and family-friendly options. These are a few of our favourites:

Where to Stay

The Crown Inn, East Rudham from £120

Located in the heart of rural Norfolk on East Rudham’s village green, The Crown is a traditional yet contemporary inn and gastro pub with 6 warm and comfortable bedrooms. Dog-friendly rooms (and dog beds) are available on request as well as cots and extra beds for families.

See inside the pub: The Crown

The Brisley Bell, Brisley from £182

The Bell was the Great British Pub of the Year in 2021 and has a Michelin-trained chef. It is set in the picturesque village of Brisley on the edge of a conservation area and has six ensuite bedrooms situated in two acres of gardens. Two rooms are dog-friendly and one is fully accessible.

See inside the pub: The Brisley Bell

The Globe, Wells-next-the-Sea – from £171

The recently refurbished Globe is located in the bustling seaside town of Wells-next-the-Sea. Their 19 bedrooms, including family, dog-friendly, and accessible options, feature coastal-inspired fabrics, and their delicious seasonal menus take advantage of the fantastic provenance of the local area.

See inside the pub: The Globe

The Hoste, Burnham Market – from £179

Hoste, Burnham Market, Front Garden

The Hoste is a luxury boutique pub, hotel and restaurant, located in the pretty village of Burnham Market, famed for its boutique shops and cafes. There are 45 ensuite rooms, 30 of which are dog-friendly, and the grounds also feature a cinema, conservatory, and beauty spa.

See inside the pub: The Hoste