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A traditional seaside town on the North Norfolk Coast, that grew up around its old fishing village.

An Introduction to Sheringham

Sheringham Promenade
Fishing Boats
Sheringham Clock
North Norfolk Railway
Sheringham Cottages

is a traditional seaside town, which grew up around its old fishing village, and a few little boats still bring in the daily catch. Sheringham is home of the North Norfolk Railway (The Poppy Line), which operates steam train rides to Holt. Sea, cliffs, fine sands and bracing air are some of the reasons why Sheringham is so popular. Among the glories of the area are the surrounding woods of Upper Sheringham (including Sheringham Park), with views over the sea, and miles of bracken-covered undulating uplands, covered with golden gorse and purple heather. The town of Sheringham is anything but the monotonous strip, with the promenade running in and out of the low cliffs, while steps and slopes connect it with the town above. Sheringham has plenty of facilities, including many interesting shops, pubs, restaurants and tea rooms. There is a popular twice weekly market on Wednesday's and Saturday's, that attract many to the town. Sheringham accommodation includes a good selection of cottages, hotels and bed and breakfast. Sheringham is an ideal base for a seaside family holiday or weekend break.
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Sheringham Map Weybourne Cromer Holt Aylsham Upper Sheringham

Sheringham Guided Picture Tour

We start our tour on the promenade, which extends right through Sheringham and consists of a concrete walkway overlooking the sea. The promenade extends for the best part of a mile, both east and west. Situated along its length, you will find the Sheringham Museum, fishermen's cottages, fishing boats, steps down to the beach and a couple of cafe's.
Sheringham Promenade
Sheringham Promenade
Sheringham Promenade
Walking along Sheringham Promenade
Sheringham Promenade Cafe
A Cafe and Tearoom along the promenade
Sheringham Promenade
The view looking over the West Promenade
Sheringham Seafront
Cottages and fishing boats along Sheringham Seafront Promenade

Sheringham Promenade Art

Sheringham Art
Situated along Sheringham Promenade you will find various pieces of art work, which have been commissioned by local artists. Works include various depictions of Sheringham from Neolithic mammals to modern seaside classics.

Sheringham Beach is a little rocky and consists of mainly pebbles when the tide is in - all part of protecting the town centre from the sea - but when the tide is out, a lovely sandy beach opens up and you can enjoy all the traditional beach activities. Behind the beach on the promenade, is a row of colourful beach huts, just waiting for a sunny day!
Sheringham Beach
Sheringham Beach
Sheringham Paddling
Paddling in the sea at Sheringham
Sheringham Beach Huts
Beach huts at Sheringham

At one time there were over 200 fishing boats based in Sheringham - even though the town has never had a harbour. Overcrowding forced some to move to Lincolnshire. There are still a small number of fishing boats left today and you can see them hauled up from the sea on the beach or on ramps. The Fisherman's Heritage Centre, situated along the Promenade, is a small free museum (limited opening times), dedicated to Sheringham's fishermen and the building houses a sailing and rowing lifeboat from 1894 called the Henry Ramey Upcher.
Fishermans Heritage Centre
The Fisherman's Heritage Centre, situated along the Promenade
Sheringham Fishing Boats
Fishing boats hauled up on the beach
Sheringham Fish Stall
The Henry Ramey Upcher Lifeboat

Sheringham has had a long association with the sea. The story of the town, its historic fleet of lifeboats and its fishing fleet, is told in a new museum called The Mo. The name Mo comes from a little girl who lived in Sheringham over 130 years ago and the museum tells her story and those of other Sheringham people. The museum itself has several lifeboats on display, re-created shops and plenty of displays. One of the highlights of the museum is a viewing gallery, set high above the building, giving fantastic views over the town, sea and countryside.
The Mo Museum
The Mo Museum in Sheringham
Sheringham Town Centre
A re-created shop inside the museum
Sheringham Lifeboat
A Sheringham Lifeboat in the museum
Viewing Gallery
The blue tinged viewing gallery above the museum
Fishermen Mural
A mural showing fishermen, located outside the museum

Sometime during the 19th century, local tradition says the bodies of twelve sailors were washed ashore near Sheringham, after a huge gale in which their ship sank. The sailors were not given a proper burial and their bodies were thrown into a ditch near a gap in the cliffs. The grave was covered with a great heap of stones and shingle. Locals say that if anyone visits the grave at night during a storm, they will hear the sound of stones being thrown onto the grave, just as they were more than a century ago!

The streets of Sheringham are colourful and bustle with people in high summer. As well as the main street, there is also plenty of alleys and courtyards to explore, leading to hidden shops, restaurants and pubs. The town has countless holiday homes, located all over the town in various cottages and buildings.
Sheringham Town Centre
Sheringham streets
Two Lifeboats Pub
The Two Lifeboats Pub near the Promenade
Sheringham High Street
Timber framed property in Sheringham High Street
Odd Fellows Hall
Odd Fellows Hall, used for various meetings and events
Fishermans Holiday CottageFisherman's cottages, converted to holiday cottages

The towns streets and alleys contain plenty of varied and interesting shops to browse. Inside, the shops are crammed full with all kinds of gifts - some produced locally in Norfolk.
Sheringham Bakery
The Bakehouse Bakery
Handbag and Bag Shop
Handbag and Bag Shop
Sheringham Courtyard
The Courtyard, containing several smaller shops
Sheringham RNLI Shop
The RNLI Shop in the High Street
Chocolate Box Sweetshop
Chocolate Box Sweetshop
Sheringham Gift Shop
Red Lobster Art and Gift Shop

In the centre of Sheringham is the Town Clock, built on the site of a water well and dating from 1862. Opposite is The Little Theatre which hosts plays, films, literature events, music events, art exhibitions and children's events.
Sheringham Clock
Sheringham Town Clock
Sheringham Little Theatre
The Little Theatre Sheringham

There are plenty of places in the centre of Sheringham to stop for a meal or a refreshment. You could have a pot of tea perhaps, or if you prefer a pint, there are plenty of great pubs. There are also some good restaurants in Sheringham, including fish and chips!
Sheringham Robin Hood Pub
The Robin Hood pub in the High Street
Camelia Cottage Tea Room
Camellia Cottage Tea Room in Station Road
Sheringham Trawler Fish and Chip Restaurant
Sheringham Trawler Fish and Chip Restaurant
Starfish Teashop
Starfish Teashop in Station Road
Mulberry Tearooms
Mulberry Tearooms in a yard off Station Road
Sheringham Lobster Pub
The Lobster pub in the High Street
Sheringham Ice Cream Shop
The Ice Cream Shop

This particular yard in the centre of Sheringham, claims to have the dubious honour of being the first place to take a hit from a WW1 bomb in 1915. Apparently after the Zeppelin dropped the bomb, it did not go off and was carried out by a resident in a bucket! Now that's what you call a lucky escape !!
Sheringham Yard
First World War Bomb in Sheringham
Sheringham Cottage
Yard in Sheringham

Sheringham has a wide selection of property, many of which has been converted to holiday accommodation including large sea front Victorian hotels, self catering cottages and plenty of small, friendly bed and breakfast. Much of the properties are Victorian, constructed using brick or local flint. The architecture has been heavily influenced by the Dutch, and you will see buildings shaped like those in Amsterdam!
Sheringham Cottages
Cottages in Sheringham
Sheringham Burlington Hotel
The Burlington hotel Sheringham
Wee Retreat
This holiday home is a converted toilet block on the seafront. It is now called 'Wee Retreat' and was even featured on Channel 4's 'Homes By The Sea'
Sheringham Property
Grand property made with flint walls in Sheringham
Dutch Architecture
Dutch Architecture in Sheringham
Sheringham Town Hall
Sheringham Town Hall
Sheringham War Memorial
Sheringham War Memorial

Sheringham Parish Church of St. Peters is in Church street, opposite the Town Hall. The building is fairly recent, having been started in 1895 and only became the parish church in 1953, when it merged with nearby Weybourne.
Sheringham Church
Sheringham parish church of St. Peter
Sheringham Church
Inside the church at Sheringham

One of the highlights of Sheringham has got to be the North Norfolk Railway and its Sheringham Station. Sheringham actually has 2 rail stations, 30 yards apart! When British Rail closed the line to Melton Constable in 1965, the M&GN Preservation Society was established and purchased the line and leased the old station (forcing BR to build a new one). After raising £14,000 by the sale of shares the North Norfolk Railway was born and ran its first steam service in 1976. The Poppy Line as it is known, runs steam and diesel trains to Holt, via Weybourne and operates a daily scheduled service (seasonal). The North Norfolk Railway Station has 3 platforms, a tea room/cafe, a shop and a ticket hall.
Sheringham Station
Sheringham North Norfolk Railway Station
Sheringham Station Steam Train
A steam engine about to leave Sheringham Station
Sheringham Railway
Sheringham Station platform on the NNR
Sheringham Station busy with passengers
A busy platform at Sheringham Station on the NNR
Sheringham Station Cafe
Sheringham Station Cafe
Sheringham Station Tickets
The Ticket Hall at Sheringham Station
North Norfolk Railway Dining Carriage
A Dining Carriage on the North Norfolk Railway

You may also like to walk from Sheringham to Beeston Bump, a local hill that gives good views back over Sheringham. Or have a round of golf at Sheringham Golf Club, a 18 hole course overlooking the sea. Alternatively, you could sail your model yacht on Sheringham's Model Boating Lake (situated at the western end of the Promenade) or take a walk along the Cliff Top Footpath beside the Golf Course.
Beeston Bump
Beeston Bump
Sheringham Golf Course
Sheringham Golf Course
Sheringham Model Boating Lake
Sheringham Model Boating Lake
Sheringham Cliff Path
The cliff top footpath from Sheringham, heading west past the golf course

Continue the Sheringham guided tour in Upper Sheringham

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Sheringham summary of what to SEE and DO

Enjoy the beach and views of the sea
Walk along the promenade and seafront
Go shopping in the many intriguing gift shops
Investigate the fishing & lifeboat industry
Explore the town and find the town clock & Little Theatre
Don't miss the yard where the 1st WW1 bomb fell
Take a trip on the North Norfolk Railway to Weybourne or Holt
Go for a walk in nearby Upper Sheringham and enjoy the views
Climb Beeson Bump for great views of the town and surrounding area

Our Verdict

Sheringham is a lovely unspoiled North Norfolk seaside town. A place where the locals take a real pride in their town and it shows. You should make time to visit as there is so much to see and do - make sure you also visit Upper Sheringham as the views are amazing!

Readers Comments

I found your tour fantastic, I have visited Sheringham twice since 1994, as I found my lost family living there. I hope to return again one day. In the mean time, I will be able to view your tour from time to time. Thanks for the memories, Mike Moore, Pyramid Hill, Victoria. Australia
A splendid web site. I found it whist searching for beach huts along the North Norfolk coast which you have covered well. Can you tell me if any are available for hire on a daily basis? and approx how much and where I can hire? We (my wife and I, my sister-in-law and 93year old mother-in law) will be staying again in North Norfolk later this year. Thank you. Robert.





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