What to do and see in Hemsby, United Kingdom (UK): The Best Places and Tips

January 14, 2018 Emerita Lamoureux

Hemsby is a village, seaside resort and civil parish in the county of Norfolk, England. It is situated some 7.5 mi (12.1 km) north of the town of Great Yarmouth. In the 2001 census Hemsby had a population of 2,973 in 1,221 households; the population increased in the 2011 census to 3,275. Hemsby borders the villages of Winterton-on-Sea and Scratby. For the purpose of local government, the parish is in the district of Great Yarmouth.
Restaurants in Hemsby

1. Hemsby Beach

Beach Road, Hemsby, Great Yarmouth NR29 4HJ, England
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 204 reviews

Hemsby Beach

Reviewed By Colette F - Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom

I really liked this beach and we even saw a seal during our time here! Car park is £1 per hour. It is a lovely beach perfect for a winters walk. Near to food establishments and arcades too.

2. Ross' Wildlife Boat Trips

Horsey Staithe | Horsey Staithe, Horsey NR12, England
Excellent
94%
Good
4%
Satisfactory
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Poor
1%
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1%
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5 based on 192 reviews

Ross' Wildlife Boat Trips

Guided wildlife boat trips on Horsey Mere, Norfolk Broads - one hour trips available from Spring to Autumn. (Bathroom facilities and 'food available for purchase' available on land close by, not on board).

Reviewed By Tinkerbell013 - Norwich, United Kingdom

Second time aboard Ross' boat - this time with Ross himself rather than the understudy. What a knowledgable chap!
We wanted to show our friends the real Broads as opposed to Hoveton and Horning mayhem and they absolutely loved it even though we didn't see a great deal of wildlife as a squally rain storm was threatening. We still learned huge amounts about the water and the surrounding flora and fauna from the extremely personable Ross - we're already planning another trip at a different time of year. Simply fantastic.

3. Caister-on-Sea Beach

Beach Road, Caister-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, England
Excellent
57%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
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4.5 based on 203 reviews

Caister-on-Sea Beach

Reviewed By grant m - Norwich, United Kingdom

We were renting 1 coastguards cottage which had beach access from the back garden which was brilliant for us and our two aging retrievers. The beach is great with miles of walks available beit heading towards Gt Yarmouth or going the other way towards Hemsby and Winterton. Even out of season there was the Never Turn Back pub you could stop at for food and beverages and in season I'm sure there are many more options. Lovely beach in a lovely area of Norfolk.

4. Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens

Thrigby Hall 1064 Filby Road | Thrigby, Filby NR29 3DR, England +44 1493 369477
Excellent
59%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 757 reviews

Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens

Reviewed By Trisha D - Norwich, United Kingdom

Took the grandchildren here at half term. We have not been for about 30 years!. Really not sure that the animals have sufficient room. The enclosures are rather small. There was lots to amuse our 2 and 4 year olds and they enjoyed climbing up and seeing the tigers. The tea room was on the pricey side. I won't be going back as the lack of animal welfare concerned me. Also quite expensive entry prices.

5. The Kings Arms

15 The Green, Martham NR29 4PL, England +44 1493 749156
Excellent
70%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 64 reviews

The Kings Arms

Reviewed By wobblyo - Huntingdon, United Kingdom

We were staying in the village for a week and were frequent visitors to The Kings Arms both for drinks and meals. The service by mine host Lucy was fantastic and we were made to feel welcome in the village straight away. There are several draft beers for sale which changed during the week and also 15 still ciders which I can recommend, especially the Gin & Tonic cider. The restaurant is cosy with a lovely village pub atmosphere and the food is excellent and all freshly prepared by the chef. If you want your fish with the skin removed the chef is more than happy to do that before cooking it in an excellent light and fluffy beer batter. T-bone steaks were a special on one night and I cannot remember the last time I had such a lovely steak cooked perfectly to order. If you are staying close by or just passing through I can recommend popping in.

6. The Waterside-Boat Tours on Gentleman Jim

Main Road, Rollesby NR29 5EF, England
Excellent
77%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
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Poor
2%
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4.5 based on 42 reviews

The Waterside-Boat Tours on Gentleman Jim

Reviewed By Reuben D - Great Yarmouth, England, United Kingdom

The boat is electric and therefore very quiet and the boatman/guide is very knowledgeable but it's probably better in the spring when there are lots of ducklings etc around and grebes performing their mating rituals.

7. Hickling Broad

Hickling NR12 OBW, England +44 1692 598276
Excellent
78%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
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4.5 based on 125 reviews

Hickling Broad

This small lake is said to be haunted by a young soldier during the Napoleonic War, who crossed it to meet his beloved, but met his icy death in its bone-chilling waters instead.

Reviewed By Brian F - London, United Kingdom

Wonderful trip with my wife and only four others on the boat seeing the sights of the largest broad. Our guide, Matt was friendly and very informative taking us through the history and what birds/wildlife we could see. Thoroughly enjoyable two and half hours. Would recommend this to you.

8. The Grange Touring Park

Yarmouth Road, Ormesby St. Margaret NR29 3QG, England
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

The Grange Touring Park

Reviewed By DonnaLGee - Chesterfield, United Kingdom

I have been using this site regularly for the last 10+ years. Although slightly more costly than other sites, those that appreciate a Clean Flat and Quiet site you will find a little piece of heaven. The Wardens are always friendly and helpful. There is a choice of Grass or Concrete pitches although no serviced euro pitches as yet. Well behaved dogs are always welcome. There is a nice pub to the side of the site which serves good Pub Grub. The Grass pitches are wonderfully flat and the toilets are Always beautifully clean. Easy access for the disabled and family shower rooms. These could perhaps do with a little modernising but are always spotless and in good working order. The site is quiet and although welcome is not over run with children there is not a great deal for them to do. (My daughter and friends enjoyed the play park when younger but Fun attractions a 5 min drive) this makes for an even more pleasant stay if you like a Quiet get away. I would highly recommend and Will gladly return year after year.

9. Time and Tide Museum

Blackfriars Road, Great Yarmouth NR30 3BX, England +44 1493 743930
Excellent
77%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 759 reviews

Time and Tide Museum

Set in one of the UK's best preserved Victorian herring curing works, Time & Tide tells the story of Great Yarmouth from its Ice Age origins to the present day. Experience the heady atmosphere of a 1950s fish wharf and take the wheel of a steam drifter. Hear gripping tales of wreck and rescue and meet some of the colourful characters who made their living from the sea.Discover the town's rich maritime heritage and its development as a popular seaside resort. Wander down a tupical 1913 'Row' and see inside the homes of a local fisherman and his neighbours.Explore the smokehouses, where the lingering aroma of smoked herring is a reminder of times gone by.See website for details of of our events programme.Shop and cafe also available. For all other enquiries please see the website or telephone the museum.

Reviewed By siobhanmuskett - Norfolk, United Kingdom

We chose a snowy day to visit this delightful museum and it was well worth the trip. If you have children they would enjoy it too but it is also appropriate for adults. The displays were much more extensive than we expected and covers all of Great Yarmouth's history from the Romans, the herring industry and the Second World War. The recreation of the houses in an original street was particularly well done. Each room had lots of interesting bits and pieces which demonstrated the lifestyle of the typical occupants. Make sure you pick up a copy of the book which provides more information at the entrance to that area. We also enjoyed the audio guide which gives a lot of background information to the various exhibits. You need at least a couple of hours to listen to the audio guide and study the exhibits. We thought it was one of the best museums we have seen because it was very life like and you could relate to each scene and imagine how life was lived at that time. It was also very good value for money, we paid about £5.40 each which for entertainment for at least two hours was very reasonable.

10. Sea Palling Beach

Sea Palling, England
Excellent
82%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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5 based on 144 reviews

Sea Palling Beach

Reviewed By Kevin1962060 - Norwich, United Kingdom

We went here on a beautiful sunny Sunday morning with the family and dogs.
The sea was calm and the sun was shining with lots of people on the beach with families and dogs as us.
Some people had their windbreaks up and were having a picnic and was really nice to see after the summer has finished.
Maybe next time we will remember to take a windbreak and a spade or two and spend a little longer by the seaside as won't be many more warm days like this in 2017
The car parks charge £1.50 per hour and the pub was open for food and drinks as was the cafe and shop.
The toilets are open too.

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