Sheringham Highlights - things to see and do in and around the town
Published date: September 2019
Located on the north Norfolk coast, Sheringham is a popular seaside destination with a good variety of independent shops, a market, a whole host of differing holiday accommodation and many restaurants, cafés and pubs. The town’s Blue Flag beach is mostly shingle but when the tide goes out there are rock pools and a large expanse of sand.
Whether you are visiting Sheringham for the day, weekend, week or for a longer period, there is loads to see and do, in and around the town. Here are some of Sheringham’s highlights:
The North Norfolk Steam Railway
Also known as the Poppy Line, this runs from the old Sheringham station, taking in some spectacular scenery, through Weybourne, Kelling Heath and then on to Holt. It’s the perfect way to appreciate Norfolk’s stunning countryside and coastline and attracts many visitors each year.
To find out more about the North Norfolk Railway, including fares, timetables and special events, go to their website:
Owned by the National Trust, Sheringham Park is renowned for its magnificent displays of rhododendrons and azaleas that reach their peak during May and early June. With over 80 different species of rhododendron and azalea, as well as many other varieties of shrubs and trees, there is always something to see when visiting Sheringham Park. Explore way-marked routes of varying distance, spectacular viewpoints, climb a tree-top gazebo and enjoy refreshments in the onsite café. The park is dog friendly, has a visitor centre and shop and offers a mixture of terrain, from woodland walks to coastal paths with sea views, country vistas and a whole load of wildlife. Parking is free for National Trust members, non-members £6 per car.
For more information about Sheringham Park, including Park Runs, workshops, guided walks, accessibility and opening times, visit their website.
Sheringham Park Visitor Centre - Wood Farm, Upper Sheringham, Norfolk NR26 8TL
Peter Coke Shell Gallery
The Peter Coke Shell Gallery is a stone’s throw from the promenade at Sheringham and is a small and fascinating gallery that is free to enter and well worth a visit. Brimming with intricate and elaborate shell art, marvel at the skill and patience needed to construct these works of art. Discover shell pictures in the Chinese style, two-dimensional geometric arrangements, shell encrusted obelisks, figures and boxes, three dimensional finely detailed model garden scenes and ornate flowers. Although admission is free, donations are very welcome and are used to cover the upkeep of the building. Run by volunteers, the shell gallery is not open daily, so please check their website for further details and opening times, which vary throughout the year.
Peter Coke Shell Gallery - 10 W Cliff, Sheringham, Norfolk NR26 8JT
Sheringham’s traditional outdoor market is held on Saturdays throughout the year and also on Wednesdays from April through to November. Located on the main carpark in the town, find fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, pet supplies, books, cards, clothing, tools, fish and chip van, other food stalls and more.
Sheringham Market - Station Road, Sheringham, Norfolk, NR26 8RA
The beach at Sheringham is one of 6 Norfolk beaches to have been awarded prestigious Blue Flags for another year. 45-miles of north Norfolk coastline, Cromer, East Runton, Mundesley, Sea Palling, Sheringham and West Runton have all been awarded Blue Flags. The awards are given out only to those beaches that have the highest quality of water, facilities, environmental education and management, with high levels of cleanliness and safety. The beach at Sheringham is made up of sand, shingle and rocks and when the tide is out there is plenty of sand and many rock pools to investigate. If you definitely want sand, it’s worth checking tide time before you visit. RNLI Lifeguards operate on the beach between May and September, look out for their flags and it’s advisable to only swim within the designated areas. From May - September Sheringham has dog free zones and these are clearly marked on the map which is on the Beach Information Board when you approach the beach. Beach huts and beach chalets are available to hire in Sheringham throughout the season and more information can be found by visiting the following website:
Sheringham Little Theatre
Situated in the centre of town, Sheringham Little Theatre hosts a wide variety of events including comedy shows, plays, ballets, pantomimes, music and films. They also run drama classes for young people and have a coffee bar, The Hub, that is run by a team of volunteers.
If you would like to find out what’s on at Sheringham Little Theatre, visit their website.
Sheringham Little Theatre - 2 Station Road, Sheringham, Norfolk NR26 8RE
Tel: 01263 822347
Sheringham Museum at the Mo
The museum in Sheringham, overlooking the north Norfolk coastline, tells the story of the town and its brave, proud and independent people over the last 2 centuries. Their fascinating stories are told through displays that are packed with interesting things to hear, see and do and visitors can view displays including a collection of lifeboats, fishing boats and textiles.
With ever-changing exhibitions and events and loads to interest visitors of all ages, Sheringham Museum is certainly worth a visit. The museum is not open every day and opening times and hours vary, depending on the time of year. Please visit their website for further details, including admission prices and accessibility.
Sheringham Museum at the Mo - Lifeboat Plain, Sheringham, Norfolk NR26 8BG
Tel: 01263 824482
Fishermen’s Heritage Centre
If you have a spare hour, why not pop into the Fishermen’s Heritage Centre on the promenade in Sheringham. Here you will find an original wooden lifeboat as well as a lot of interesting information about past crew members, the fishing industry, local fishermen and other historical facts relating to the town. For those with an interest in maritime history, the Fishermen’s Heritage Centre is a must. Entry is free, but donations are most welcome.
Fishermen’s Heritage Centre - West Cliff, Fishermen’s Slope on West Promenade, Sheringham, Norfolk NR26 8JT
RNLI Sheringham Lifeboat Station
The lifeboat station in Sheringham is open to the public daily from Easter through to the end of September. Sunday morning between 10am and 12pm is a great time to visit and watch as the lifeboat is launched on training exercises, as well as speak with crew members. Organised visits from schools and other groups are welcome, but these must be booked in advance. Access to the station is free and visitors can wander around and learn more about the station and get up close to their Atlantic Class Lifeboat - The Oddfellows and browse the gift shop. Donations to the RNLI are always appreciated.
To find out more about Sheringham Lifeboat Station, including opening times and how to book an organised group visit, go to their website.
RNLI Sheringham Lifeboat Station - Promenade, Sheringham, Norfolk NR26 8ZZ
Tel: 01263 823212
Looking for somewhere to eat in Sheringham? You may like to try one of these……
The Sitting Room
Serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, the Sitting Room is the perfect place to sit, relax and catch up with friends and family. Sheringham’s only patisserie, sample delicious continental cakes and other fayre and either eat in or take away.
The Sitting Room - 4 Augusta Street, Sheringham, Norfolk NR26 8LA
Tel: 01263 821344
Fat Teds Streat Food
A family run business tucked away in a nook just off the main high street in Sheringham, Fat Teds Streat Food serves fresh, innovative and tasty food to takeaway. If you are looking for something a bit different that is packed with international flavours, stop off at Fat Teds.
Fat Teds Streat Food - Barchams Yard, Sheringham, Norfolk NR26 8JS
Tel: 07724 576419
Pop in for brunch, homemade cakes and scones, light lunches and afternoon tea.
Camellia Cottage - 1 Station Road, Sheringham, Norfolk NR26 8RE
Tel: 01263 824984
Whelk Coppers Tea Rooms
Overlooking the sea, enjoy breakfast, brunch, light lunches and snacks daily at Whelk Coppers Tea Room.
Whelk Coppers Tea Rooms - 25 The Driftway, Sheringham, Norfolk NR26 8LD
Tel: 01263 825771