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An unspoilt East Norfolk coastal resort with a magnificent beach


Maritime Museum
Village Centre
Stow Mill
This coastal village is known as being relatively unspoiled. It grew up as a seaside resort in Victorian times, thanks to the advent of the railway. Mundesley doesn't have a train station any more, but it does still have a lovely slice of coastline.

Mundesley Village Sign
A steep path leads down from the village, onto the beach. It passes a line of colourful beach huts on the way, which help generate a friendly atmosphere. The beach itself has achieved the Blue Flag status of cleanliness and safety, making it perfect for families. In some places along the coast, you'll still be able to see a few working fishing boats. These are a remainder from a time when fishing was Mundesley's biggest commercial enterprise.

Mundesley Beach

A fishing boat at Mundesley
On the clifftop, above the beach, you'll find the Maritime Museum, which is easily one of the smallest museums you'll ever visit. Once you enter this tiny two-story building, you'll find a collection of old photographs detailing the history of the area. A narrow spiral staircase leads upstairs, where you can find a collection of coastguard equipment, both old and new. This floor is also used as a lookout. Its windows overlook the beach, so if anybody finds themselves in trouble, one of the volunteers at the museum will catch sight of it, and call the coastguard. This service is operated 365 days a year.

Mundesley Maritime Museum
Next to the museum is a large World War II bomb. This is a memorial, dedicated to the people who helped clear the Norfolk coast of land mines after the war. This was a very dangerous operation, and yet many of the locals volunteered to help.

Mundesley Memorial
Elsewhere on the cliffs, you'll find Mundesley's church, and a popular adventure golf course with a pirate theme.

Mundesley Parish Church
The village centre, meanwhile, has plenty of shops, cafés and restaurants. Many of the buildings have thatched roofs, or pretty stonewalls. Everything comes with a quaint, local feel, from the cottages to the Post Office.

Mundesley Post Office

The Village Flower Shoppe

Shopping in Mundesley

Old Mill Pond Walk

For a varied stroll through the village, take the path from the coast road, around the old mill pond and into the village centre. You get good views back over the pond towards the coast.
If you want to get a great photograph of Mundesley's buildings, then take the coastal path south. You don't have to walk for long before you're treated to a great view back over the town. In fact, this road offers great walks in both directions.

The view over Mundesley from the coast path going south
If you carry on south though, you'll arrive at Stow Mill. This windmill was built in the early 19th century to grind flour. Of course, it was taken out of use a long time ago, but it's now open to the public, so you can still see what it was like on the inside. This is only possible thanks to some extensive restoration work. The windmill actually went out of use way back in 1930, and much of the machinery was removed. It was used as a house for a few years, before people realised that the building was worth preserving. Today, you can visit each of the four floors, and find out what each one was used for. A shop next door sells gifts and memorabilia.

Stow Mill
Visitor Information
Mundesley Tourist Information Centre, 15 Station Road, Mundesley, NR11 8JH. Tel: 01263 721 070
Maritime Museum is open May to September from 11am to 4pm (closed for lunch). Entry costs around 50p for adults, FREE for children. 12 Beach Road, Mundesley-on-Sea, NR11 8BG. Tel: 01263 722 068
Stow Mill is open daily from 10am to dusk. Entry costs around £2 for adults, £1 for children. Stow Hill, Paston, Norfolk, NR28 9TG. Tel: 01263 720 298

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