Sheringham is on the North Norfolk coast and, up until the late 19th Century, was just a small fishing village boasting nearly 150 boats. The fishermen brought ashore catches such as cod, whiting and skate, as well as crabs and lobsters, which the town is renowned for today.
In 1887 the rail link from the Midlands and the linking up with the Great Eastern line in 1906 meant that the number of visitors to the town greatly increased. Today Sheringham is a busy seaside town with a good variety of family run shops and a popular market. It also has an eighteen-hole golf course, theatre, leisure centre and many restaurants, cafes, pubs and hotels.
The beach at Sheringham is mostly shingle but when the tide is out there is plenty of sand and lots of rock pools. It’s a popular holiday destination with many bed and breakfasts, self-catering accommodation, campsites and hotels.
The North Norfolk Steam Railway runs from the old Sheringham station, through Weybourne and on to Holt. It is an ideal way of seeing the beautiful Norfolk coastline and surrounding countryside and attracts many visitors to the region.
Sheringham Park is owned by the National Trust and has magnificent displays of rhododendrons and azaleas during May and June when they are in full bloom. There are several way-marked routes, ranging in distance, with spectacular view points and a tree-top gazebo to climb. The park is dog friendly and has a visitor centre, shop and café. Enjoy a mixture of woodland and coastal walks around the park, with stunning sea views, country vistas and an abundance of wildlife.
Interesting facts about Sheringham
- During the First World War, Sheringham was hit by two bombs from a Zeppelin raid January 1915, making it the first place in Britain to be attacked by Zeppelins from the air. Luckily no one was killed
- In May, an annual Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster festival takes place. The town's Carnival is held at the beginning of August
- Sheringham Museum, known as the Mo tells the story of the town over the last two centuries
- Sheringham nestles under the nearby hill of Beeston Bump, a geological Site of Special Scientific Interest. The Bump can be climbed using the Norfolk Coast Path from either the east or west
- Sheringham Park is famous for its vast collection of azaleas and rhododendrons and the last owner, Tom Upcher, would show them off by holding rhododendron champagne parties in the 1950s
- Sheringham is home of the North Norfolk Railway and operates steam train rides to Holt and through the beautiful north Norfolk countryside
Map of Sheringham
Attractions in Sheringham
The North Norfolk Railway Poppy Line is the direct descendant of the Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway, which did so much to open up the glorious Poppyland coast to holidaymakers. Today the Poppy Line steam railway runs from Sheringham along the coast to Weybourne and up through the heathland to Holt: with its spectacular views of coast and country, it is one of Britain's most scenic heritage railways. Steam trains run most days from mid-March to mid-October, and at weekends in December. All day hop-on, hop-off Rover tickets let you explore town and country.
As one of north Norfolk's finest venues, Sheringham Little Theatre offers an incredibly large range of entertainment all year round. There are shows, films, music of all kinds, celebrity evenings, children's events, workshops, art exhibitions, literature events, education and outreach. Every summer there is a professional weekly repertory season. A variety of plays, comedies, thrillers, classics and farces are on offer in one of the last surviving rep seasons. Whilst proud to continue these well loved traditions, The Little Theatre also provides a platform for new writing, new talents and new ideas, ensuring that, whatever your preference, there really is something for everyone. During the holidays there will always be a special children's event to keep youngsters amused and in the winter you will have the opportunity to enjoy a family pantomime with guest celebrities and local contributions. Located in the heart of Sheringham, The Theatre's 'Hub' coffee bar offers a large selection of refreshments and an opportunity to enjoy the latest art exhibition.
Accommodation in Sheringham
A spacious and elegant Edwardian townhouse in a quiet location, just a short walk from both local amenities and the beach.
A superb detached contemporary home, smart and stylish both inside and out. Tucked away on a quiet lane at the edge of a residential development, Number Twelve is a relaxing holiday house within easy walking access of this charming seaside town and its beautiful beach.