Things to do in Sheringham, Norfolk on a weekend trip

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You will find the town of Sheringham in Norfolk. A seaside town that packs a punch when it comes to places to stay and things to do in Sheringham while you are there.

Not only will you get to experience the incredible beaches but you also have the chance to explore some of the most beautiful countryside in England. 

Sheringham is a fabulous location and one that you can spend a few days or longer there. But, if you’re staying in Sheringham or holidaying in the area and want to make the most of your trip, then here are some ideas for what to do in Sheringham

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 A  collection of multicoloured beach huts lined up side by side along boardwalk
Beach Huts

Where to stay in Sheringham

Whether you’re wanting it to be extra special or just a bed for the night while you explore, here are a few accommodation options to consider:

Budget-friendly option 

If you are looking for a place to lay your head at night that is clean and comfortable then our budget option is a great one to consider. The YHA Sheringham is a hostel that offers rooms at a price point of around £60 per night. It has a games room, a buffet restaurant, and excellent facilities. There is even free parking if you have chosen to drive here. It is also only a short stroll away from the beach so it is a prime spot. 

Check out the website for more information. 

Unique places to stay in Sheringham

If you are looking for something a little more unique then look no further than The Two Lifeboats. It has an onsite bar and restaurant and the rooms are super quirky and are tastefully decorated. It was originally a coffee shop but has been transformed over the years to become a public house and perfect accommodation option for your stay in Sheringham. Prices start at around £100 per night. 

Check out the website for more information. 

Luxury hotel in Sheringham

If you were looking for something a little more luxurious for your stay in Sheringham then you may want to consider The Dales Country House Hotel. A little more country club with some excellent facilities and a more luxurious feel to it, you can’t go wrong with an overnight stay here. Prices start at £184 per night. 

Check out the website for more information.

Getting to Sherringham and travelling around the town

A busy street with many people walking along the many shops lining each side of the street

Sheringham is a wonderful location to visit in Norfolk, but you will want to ensure that you can make the most of your time here. Getting to Sheringham can easily be visited by car or even by train thanks to the Great Anglia Services that link some of the major cities to the heart of Norfolk. 

While you’re in the area, there is a great bus service in Sheringham. Linking up all of the areas and even being able to take you outside of the town centre so you can explore some of the countryside and other beaches on offer. You will be able to explore the coastal road and also buy a day ticket meaning you can hop on and off as often as you like. 

Taxis are also a great option if you’re staying a bit further out of town or fancy a few drinks in the town in the evening. You will also be able to get a taxi in and around the town if you want a fast and reliable service to get you from one place to the next. They will also be able to advise you with local knowledge of the area. 

Sheringham: things to do and places to visit

Three empty boats on a concrete drydock side by side with a open warehouse with a blue sign in the distance
Sheringham Seafront

Add these activities to your Sheringham or Norfolk travel itinerary to really get a feel for the area and what Sheringham has to offer.

If you visit Sheringham in the summer it’s of course the perfect opportunity to spend time on the beach. But there are also lots of other activities in Sheringham and things to do around Sheringham at other times of the year too. A lot of these activities are also great things to do in Sheringham with kids, so use this Sheringham guide to plan your family holiday!

Visit Sheringham Park 

The park is a beautiful place to visit for a casual walk and is a National Trust property so you can expect some great events and things to do. There are some lovely gardens to explore as well as open countryside. A great place for couples and children. 

Visit Sheringham beach 

A pebble beach with many beach goes laying out enjoying the blue sea
Sheringham Beach

No visit to a coastal town would be complete without a visit to the beach. Although Sherringham beach is a rocky beach, it’s still a lovely spot to enjoy the day with kids, sit and watch the waves draw in or to go swimming in the sea. A great spot for families with a small beach area. 

Don’t miss the colourful beach huts lining the beachfront too!

Enjoy fish & chips by the beach

Of course being a coastal town, fish & chips are a must!

Dave’s Fish Bar is a great takeaway spot for an easy meal to enjoy on the go. Or head to Stevenson’s Cafe & Fish Bar where people were queuing out the door!

Priory Maze and Gardens

A great option for the whole family located on the outskirts of Sheringham. This 7 foot maze is a fun way to challenge the kids and have fun too. There are also 10 acres of gardens to explore, including a Winter Garden, a Fern Walk, an Norfolk Rivera Garden and the Pine Walk which has a play area for children. There is also a cafe on site. 

The gardens sit next to Beeston Priory, the ruins of which can also be explored. 

Being just outside of Sheringham, this is a great option for things to do in Sheringham and Cromer if you’re staying in the area.

The North Norfolk Railway

An absolute gem of English seaside fun for rail enthusiasts, families and special occasions!

This heritage steam train runs between Sheringham and Holt, a Georgian town that’s around 20 minutes inland from Sheringham.

The steam trains operate daily from January until September and some dates in October too. The service is also run entirely by volunteers, making an even more special experience. 

Tickets start from £6.50 for a one-way ticket for adults and £4.50 one way for children. A return for adults is £15 and £11 for children. Check the website for up to date pricing, fares and timetables.

The North Norfolk Railway also offers a whole range of fun and unique railway experiences, from a romantic dining train, to a casual fish & chips train. They also run experiences such as a murder mystery train or a train driving experience!

You’ll need to book in advance for these experiences – find out how on their website!

Sheringham Little Theatre

Another brilliant, family-friendly option with year-round entertainment from winter pantos to summer performances, singalongs, national arts and culture events and entertainment.

They also show movies, themed nights and workshops.

Visit their website to see what’s on during your trip.

Sheringham Museum

A boat laying on a wooden drydock with the museum building in the background and the sea in the distance
Sheringham Museum

A great option for things to do in Sheringham in the rain, the museum is located on the seafront and is home to local history and artefacts that detail Sheringham’s 1000 year history.

From the town’s Viking heritage to fishing history and prehistoric discoveries, there are plenty of informative collections and interactive displays.

You can spend 1-2 hours here, with the museum being built into the cliff, it’s surprisingly bigger than it looks on the outside!

Pretty Corner Woods 

This outstanding area of natural beauty covers 165 acres of woodland and it’s one of the best places to visit in Sheringham to spend some time outdoors. 

Whether you just want to get outside for a walk or you’re looking for some adrenaline activities (see the next location on this list!), Pretty Corner has got you covered.

Walk up to the highest point of the woods for amazing views of Sheringham and beyond. Look out for wildlife and enjoy the peace and quiet!

There’s also a Pretty Corner tea garden cafe if you want some refreshments.

The Pretty Corner car park is free to park too, making it a lovely budget day out with some fresh air.

Hilltop Outdoor Centre

Located in the Pretty Corner area too, here you’ll find the Hilltop Outdoor Centre with everything from treetop high rope courses and climbing walls to archery sessions. This is the perfect family day out in Sheringham for everyone to enjoy, with full facilities on site for food, toilets and parking.

You can pay for either a half day or full day to explore and use all the facilities available. Check pricing on their website as this is a popular location for places to visit near Sheringham and you’ll need to book in advance.

Visit Cromer

A large pier with two large buildings at its tip stretched out into the sea from the shore. Many people are walking its length
Cromer Pier

Just a 15 minute drive along the coast is the picturesque seaside town of Cromer.

Visiting Cromer is one of the most popular things to do near Sheringham, Norfolk and many people visiting North Norfolk come here, meaning it’s often pretty busy in the summer months.

Things to do in Cromer:

  • Take a stroll along Cromer Pier
  • See a Cabaret show at the Pavillion Theatre
  • Enjoy a pint at the Kings Head
  • Soak in the sun at Cromer Beach
  • Snap some pictures of the colourful Cromer Beach Huts
  • Visit the Cromer Museum or the RNLI Museum dedicated to Henry Blogg
  • Stroll around the pretty town streets and pick up a souvenir from a local business

Where to eat and drink in Sheringham

A shop with an ornate exterior next to a small clock on top of a little building along the Main street of town
Sheringham Main Street

Another thing you might be thinking about is where to eat and drink while you are exploring Sheringham. There are some incredible restaurants and bars to experience during your trip. I wanted to share with you a selection that you might want to consider. 

Marmalades Bistro

A great all-rounder if you are looking for diversity on the menu. The high-quality dishes and the excellent service will make you want to come back again and again and the food presentation is stunning!

The Sitting Room

A perfect option for a casual lunch is The Sitting room cafe. From coffee and cakes to afternoon tea and sandwiches.

The Kitchen 

If you were hoping for a great spot for breakfast then look no further than The Kitchen. The big breakfast will have you full from morning to evening, giving you the perfect time to explore the town. 

The Sheringham Trawler

Don’t miss the the Trawler if you’re looking for a great seafood eatery in Sheringham, from standard fish and chips to to scampi, haddock, fish cakes, burgers and more, this is a family-friend and budget friendly option for quick and easy bites.

The Two Lifeboats

For sea views and classic pub fare, don’t miss this pub and hotel, located right above the seafront.

The Offshore Coffee House

Located down the seafront, this classy coffee shop is a great spot for your morning coffee while you take a walk on the seafront.

Summary: Things to do: Sheringham, Norfolk

Sheringham might be a small seaside town but it’s the perfect place to spend a weekend or even a family week away with kids in the UK. There are plenty of things to do and family-friendly activities both in and around Sheringham, with things to do in Cromer and Sheringham and beyond in the North Norfolk area.

The Hilltop adventures and the steam train experience are particularly special activities and will no doubt make it a trip to remember!

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