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Top places to live in Norfolk Sheringham

This traditional seaside fishing town sits on the tail end of the posher North Norfolk coast, making it more accessible and more fun. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.

sheringham beach with people sunbathing and swimming in the sea


Bustling with families during the summer, it’s a nostalgic seaside town with buckets and spades outside shop fronts and penny arcades. There’s loads of character and it’s only a 40-minute drive from the ancient city of Norwich.


Camellia Cottage for tea and cake, Two Life Boats for family pub grub and you can’t beat chips on the sea front from one of the five fish and chip shops.


This seaside town isn’t a shopping mecca but you will find some nice art and craft stores such Red Lobster Gallery and Creativity. The Courtyard is bursting with gift shops too. For a trip down memory lane, visit Starlings toy shop and traditional sweet shop –The Chocolate Box. If you’re looking for boutique shopping, jump on the vintage steam train for the short trip to Holt and visit Muddy favourites The TanneryFairfax & Favor and Woofers & Barkers.


If you’re feeling active head out of town on the coastal path and walk up over the cliffs into the National Trust’s Sheringham Country Park. Sheringham Little Theatre is a cutsey cinema/theatre with a cool and creative programme of performances. And don’t miss the Viking Festival in February, for a torchlight procession and ceremonial burning of a long boat on the beach.


£325,926. On average, detached properties sell for £422,121, semi-detached, £290,800 and terraced properties £255,068. Good local estate agents in the area are Arnold Keys and Watsons.



Closest private schools with day and board options are Beeston Hall School near Cromer and for results and an impressive alumni (including Olivia Colman and James Dyson) – Gresham’s in Holt.


In September, the whole town steps back in time to the 1940s with the vintage weekender 1940s festival (cancelled this year due to Covid but hopefully to return in 2021).


London is going to be an unlikely daily destination from here but if you take the train from Sheringham to Norwich and then Norwich to London, it will take you approx 2hrs 45 with a good connection. Drive or train to Norwich will take 50 mins.

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