Happisburgh Beach

Happisburgh Beach - Norfolk
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The first thing you need to know about Happisburgh is how to say it - it is pronounced “haze-bruh”. Once you have that sorted you can enjoy this relatively peaceful sandy beach.

As well as a fantastic stretch of sand Happisburgh beach is home to the iconic red and white candy-striped lighthouse. Dating back to 1791 this is apparently the oldest working lighthouse in the UK. If you fancy it you can climb the 96 steps inside to get a better view of the beach and village.

Coastal erosion is rampant at Happisburgh and over the last 20 years dozens of houses have been lost to the sea as the cliffs crumble. Various attempts have been made to halt the progress of the sea, of which you can see the remains. Suffice to say, if you do decide to throw your towel down on Happisburgh beach then do so a little distance from the cliffs as they may be unstable.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

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  • Toilets

Nearest town

North Walsham

OS grid ref.

TG 3868 3072

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Happisburgh Beach Reviews

Haze-brough ;-)))lol

Sep 01st 2020

Beautiful, calming beach, another Norfolk discovery. Stunning lighthouse.

Dog walker
May 26th 2022

What a great place for the dogs easy but long sloping path down to a beautiful sandy beach.


Charlotte Cook
Jun 30th 2020

Erm this is a strange beach the access slope can be cut off by the tide at the bottom. The access is like this because of rapid coastal erosion. Nice to look at the lighthouse and views of the sea.