Where to holiday in Norfolk: Horsey

Are you considering a holiday in the UK this year but unsure where you would go or where to even start looking? The east side of the North Norfolk Coast has perhaps some of the best beaches in the county, less explored but just as vibrant. This outstanding area of natural beauty should be high on anyone’s list of places to visit.


The wonderful thing about Horsey is visitors have the rare opportunity to see one of the most wonderful beaches in the county whilst also being within close distance to a picturesque area of the Norfolk Broads. With local pubs and cafes offering a quaint but friendly and welcoming place to enjoy a bite to eat or perhaps just a drink, it’s the ideal, peaceful destination for your next holiday.

The Beach

Horsey beach is well known for its permanent residents there that occupy the beach within the winter months – The seals lay across Horsey beach between the months of late October through to February, with the opportunity to see baby seal pups if visiting at the end of the year! This is the best time to visit and get the best experience by standing on the viewing platform made specially to look out to the seals.

Come the summer, the soft sandy beach offers the perfect destination for sunbathing, and family days out at the seaside!

Horsey Gap

Top tip

If you’re staying in the area, it would be a real shame not to visit Horsey Mere and Mill. Horsey Mere is one of the famous Norfolk Broads close to the North Sea coast. This beautiful expanse of water looks outstanding on a sunny day, a perfect spot for a picturesque photo. For the wildlife enthusiasts and ‘twitchers’ among us this spot can seem like a bit of a paradise. We would highly recommend Ross’ Wildlife Boat Trips, which offer an informal trip across the broad and presents an opportunity to rare wildlife including Marsh Harriers, Swallowtail Butterflies, Bitterns and Kingfishers. We would recommend booking in advance to avoid missing out as the boat trips are exceptionally popular!

There is a paid car park right by The Mill, and Horsey Windpump tea-room is on hand for light bites and refreshments.

Horsey Windpump

Restaurant Recommendation

There’s plenty of little cafes, pubs, and restaurants all within Horsey for you to visit. Poppylands Tearoom is a delightful themed cafe, whilst The Nelson’s Head Pub is the perfect spot for an afternoon tipple in the sun!

However for your evening meal we would highly recommend a visit to Ingham Swan, which offers a concise but delicious menu, and with roasts available on Sunday. We would recommend booking in advance.

Where to stay

We have three beautiful properties in Horsey which offer easy access to both the beach and Horsey Mere. Seal cottage is a charming 3-bedroom holiday cottage with a spacious garden, and just a 15-minute walk from the beach!

For those seeking 2-bedrooms we have to quaint neighbouring cottages, Curlew Cottage and The Old Post Office, each offering spacious gardens and easy access to the seaside and Broads.

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