Hemsby Beach

Hemsby Beach - Norfolk
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Hemsby Beach offers visitors nearly two miles of sandy beach, backed by large grassy sand dunes.  The dunes offer some shelter and make this a good spot for sunbathing, walking along the coast or playing in the sand.  The beach is fairly wide and does not get too crowded. 

The good water quality and presence of a lifeguard during the summer season make Hemsby Beach suitable for swimming, surfing and canoeing.

Looking out to sea from the beach, there are views over Scroby Sands windfarm.  On the beach are the remains of anti-tank blocks and a concrete bunker which once formed part of the World War II coastal defences in the area.

Beach Road leads from the beach into Hemsby village.  Along this road can be found a range of amusement arcades, funfairs, cafes and other traditional seaside entertainments. 

Hemsby Beach is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A few miles north of the beach, Winterton Dunes Nature Reserve is a good place to spot grey seals, and a variety of interesting bird life.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are not allowed on the beach between 1 May and 30 September

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  • Amusement arcade
  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Good fishing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities
  • First aid point
  • Lost child centre

Nearest town

Great Yarmouth


NR29 4JG

OS grid ref.

TG 5075 1732


There is pay parking for 90 cars. including disabled spaces.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Hemsby Beach Reviews

Aug 26th 2019

Went yesterday after many happy childhood years back in the 80s,i walked into water to neck height and was glad to see my feet still lovely only beach I’ve been able to do this in Norfolk this summer and we have been to plenty

May 29th 2022

hemsby best place in whole world


Jayne Evans
Aug 12th 2020

We have started to come and stay in Hemsby at the Hemsby Beach Holiday park for just over three years.  We thoroughly enjoy the stroll down Beach Road and just sitting on the beach admiring the views.

Lovely beach

Charlotte Cook
Jun 30th 2020

Relaxing beach lovely sea and dunes