Scratby Beach

Scratby beach is a good-sized stretch of sand and shingle set along low sandy cliffs. It is popular for fishing and swimming, although there is no lifeguard. During the winter there can be quite good waves here making it popular with surfers.

The beach is also an ideal place for walkers as it stretches along the coast for many miles in either direction. In addition dogs are allowed all year round. To the south, visitors can walk to the town of Caister-on-Sea, or even to Great Yarmouth, whilst to the north they can walk to Hemsby Beach, and on to Winterton Dunes National Nature Reserve.

There is a small car park along Rottenstone Lane and although there are disabled spaces, visitors with mobility problems may find access to the beach difficult as it involves descending a narrow path and steps. (Please note public toilets have been closed since 2018).
In the village of Scratby, a short walk from the beach, there are a few small cafes, pubs and shops.

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

We do not have information on this beach but restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

Norfolk dog friendly beaches »


  • Good fishing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing


  • Toilets

Nearest town

Great Yarmouth


NR29 3PD

OS grid ref.

TG 5150 1554


Parking is available

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Scratby Beach Reviews

Tony Wright
Dec 19th 2020

Scratby is a great place lot’s of things to do for families with children it doesn’t matter what age there is always something to do there are plenty of places to eat I’m from North Wales I go to great Yarmouth every year my father is from a place called loddon Norwich and is buried there

Sep 13th 2020

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

New Ramp and Toilets open

Aug 02nd 2020

there is now a ramp all of the way down to the beach and only 3 or 4 steps to negotiate. Also the public toilets are open and have been recently refurbished.

Steep steps

Charlotte Cook
Jun 30th 2020

Steps to this beach steep. There is a slope that leads to the steps. Shame really that the steps are so steep because the beach itself is gorgeous with lovely soft sand

What did we get wrong?