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
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.
Located on the Cromer Road, a short distance from the centre of Sheringham, Priory Maze and Gardens is set within 10 acres, with various themed gardens and a hedge maze. Beautiful gardens and diverse planting have created the perfect habitat for a wide range of mammals, birds, and insects. Discover their resident pheasants, woodcock, snipe, kingfisher and goldcrest, as well as many other regulars and maybe even spot waxwings, firecrest, crossbills and tree creepers.
William Marriott built the railway in 1887 and today visitors can enjoy a special journey on one of Britain’s most scenic heritage railways. The 10.5 mile trip being hauled by a steam engine or heritage diesel locomotive through beautiful Norfolk countryside is a magical experience. Throughout the summer steam trains run daily on ‘The Poppy Line’, and these trips offer spectacular views of the stunning Norfolk coastline.
Sheringham Little Theatre can be found in the centre of town, amongst the independent shops and eateries and a stone’s throw from the popular beach. Hosting a wide variety of events, you will find comedy shows, plays, ballets, pantomimes, music, films and more at Sheringham Little Theatre; something for everyone. It also runs drama classes for young people and has a coffee bar, The Hub, a popular meeting place.
Map of Sheringham
Accommodation in Sheringham
A spacious and elegant Edwardian townhouse in a quiet location, just a short walk from both local amenities and the beach.
Clifton House is a beautifully presented Victorian town house on a quiet residential street within easy walking distance of the centre of delightful Sheringham, a traditional Norfolk seaside town with an award-winning family-friendly beach.