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Norfolk's top 10 dog-friendly beaches

Dogs and responsible owners are welcome on many Norfolk beaches year-round. In fact, on these beaches you’ll look positively under-dressed if you don’t have a canine friend! Check time tides as well, because many of these beaches are best at low tide.

At the bottom you'll find lists of beaches where dogs are allowed year-round and beaches where there are restrictions. But don't worry, you'll always find an unspoilt stretch of sand where you and your chum can enjoy a good walk!

Best Norfolk dog-friendly parks and woods 

Cbeebies presenter Jess French and Baxter on Winterton beach



Miles and miles of unspoilt shimmering sand and shallow water to splash in. A doggy delight. Car park is by the Royal West Norfolk Club.



Park at the end of Lady Anne’s Drive, opposite the entrance to Holkham Hall, then walk along the boardwalks through the pine woods until you find yourself on a huge expanse of beautiful sand.

One word of caution: this is a popular beach with horse riders too, so be careful in the car park in  particular.


Beach huts at Wells-next-the-Sea
As picturesque as it gets, with 200 higgledy-piggledy multi-coloured beach huts. Enter with dogs from the car park at the far end. Best at low tide, when the beach is, as we say in Norfolk, WHOOGE!

Old Hunstanton

Old Hunstanton beach
With shallow tidal waters this is popular with kite surfers too. Enjoy the backdrop of stripy-coloured cliffs.


Gorleston-on-Sea cliffs
Park up on the cliffs and take your pooch to the southern end of the beach.

Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth
The marram grass-studded beaches to the north of the resort are a doggy playground.


Great for sniffing around sand dunes and then haring off across the sand.

Sea Palling and Waxham

Sea Palling
A quiet tucked-away stretch of fine sand which your dog will love.


Lovely sandy beach reached by walkways down from the cliffs. Best at low tide.



This is on Norfolk’s Deep History Coast so you’ll be treading in the footsteps of the first humans to visit Britain – walking on a land spur from Holland.

What is Deep History Coast? 

Some more beaches to enjoy...

Caister-on-Sea beach


Bacton beach


Californa beach


Sheringham beach


Gorleston beach


Hemsby beach




Sea Palling beach

Sea Palling

Scratby beach


Holme-next-the-Sea beach


Rockpool rummage by Matthew Roberts

West Runton

Waxham beach


Weybourne beach


Beaches where dogs are allowed


  • Brancaster
  • Cley Beach
  • East Runton
  • Heacham - South Sands Club
  • Heacham - South Beach
  • Holme next the Sea
  • Old Hunstanton Beach
  • Snettisham Beach
  • Weybourne


  • Caister Point
  • Great Yarmouth South
  • Great Yarmouth South Denes
  • Happisburgh
  • Horsey (but be careful of seals)
  • Waxham
  • Winterton-on-Sea

Beaches where dogs are restricted

Please look for guidance where dogs can be taken, and at what times of the year.


  • Cromer
  • Holkham
  • Hunstanton Beach
  • Hunstanton South
  • Sheringham
  • Wells-next-the-Sea
  • West Runton


  • Bacton
  • California
  • Gorleston
  • Great Yarmouth North
  • Great Yarmouth Pier
  • Great Yarmouth Power Station
  • Hemsby
  • Mundesley
  • Overstrand
  • Scratby Beach
  • Sea Palling
  • Walcott

Don't get the bird!

Do remember that Norfolk’s coast is home to globally important bird species so please look out for any restricted areas and put your dog on a short lead.

As well as looking out for and observing these restrictions, please:

In the breeding season (April to July)

  • Avoid shingly areas near the top of beaches.
  • Avoid groups of terns and protective rope and stake cordons.
  • Don’t approach too closely. Watch from a distance and avoid disturbing the birds.
  • Keep dogs on a lead near any colonies or likely nesting areas.
  • Keep a sharp eye out for small waders with chicks on the beach and give them a wide berth.
  • Help to inform others.

In the migration and wintering season (August to March)

  • Avoid disturbing flocks of waders and wildfowl on beaches or marshes - keep dogs on a lead or under close control if necessary.
  • Help to inform others.