The Best Beaches in the Broads

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The Broads National Park might be famed for its fresh water but it has its fair share of the salty stuff too! As the Broads meander through Suffolk and Norfolk they touch base or come close to several fabulous beaches which you won’t want to miss, especially when the summer weather descends. So here is our guide to the best beaches in the Broads…

Great Yarmouth:

If you’ve ever wondered why they put ‘great’ in front of Yarmouth you will be sure to know why when you visit Great Yarmouth beach. The famous ‘golden mile’ is the seaside holiday of vintage post cards. Complete with pier, donkey rides, and funfair games aplenty there is always something to do at Great Yarmouth beach. It is the perfect seaside destination for ‘making a day of it’ setting out the sun lounger and bringing out the bucket and spade. For a taste of the past walk along the promenade and admire the Victorian villas on one side and the sea sparkling away on the other.

Great Yarmouth Beach copyright Milan G
Great Yarmouth Beach © Milan G (CC BY-SA 2.0)


Winterton Beach is the sort of beach they use in photo shoots. It's a tranquil collection of sun-warmed sand, rolling dunes and unusual sea dwelling bird life. Nearby pub The Fishermans Arms is highly rated by locals and of a warm summer evening it’s the perfect place for a walk with the dog. The dunes are a site of special scientific interest and are managed by Natural England. They also form part of the Norfolk Coast Path which makes it the perfect beach for enthusiastic walkers.

Winterton Dunes copyright Darren Glanville
The dunes at Winterton © Darren Glanville (CC BY-SA 2.0)


Horsey is famous for its seal populations which flock in their hundreds to the beach every winter. However there are still plenty to be seen in the summer basking or bobbing along minding their own business. The beach itself is fab for fossil hunting with lots of areas of small stones and shells ideal for finding shark teeth. Make sure you enjoy seeing the seals but give them a wide berth and be respectful of their personal space. For more information on the seals and how to behave responsibly around them check out the Friends of Horsey Seals website.

Seal at Horsey copyright dan_scape
Seal at Horsey Gap © Danscape


Lowestoft beach is the first beach in the whole country to see the sun rise making it the perfect beach for a spot of romance. It is a Blue Flag beach which means the water quality is excellent as well as the environmental management and safety and services available.So why not fall in love with Lowestoft seafront?You could even hire a horse from Pakefield Riding Stables and have a gallop along the shoreline!

Lowestoft beach copyright Mark Skipper
Light over Lowestoft © Mark Skipper (CC BY 2.0)