Our guests' favourite places to visit in North Norfolk


Our guest’s favourite places to visit in North Norfolk 

The north Norfolk coast is a beautiful place to visit all year around. Our team here at The Chequers Inn, hotel and restaurant in Thornham, often get asked for recommendations of things to do in the area, so we decided to share tips from our guests' who have recently been exploring the area.

"We love to walk our gorgeous dog on the beautiful beaches followed by a stay at the very dog-friendly Chequers Inn!" - Amanda Curd

Dog-friendly beach near The Cheuqers Inn, Thornham
Dog-friendly beach by Amanda Curd

You are spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches on the north Norfolk coast. Brancaster is a wonderful dog-friendly beach with miles and miles of unspoilt golden sand and is just 3.2 miles from us here at The Chequers Inn. Another great dog-friendly beach is Old Hunstanton, 3.6 miles from The Chequers Inn. There are miles of sand and sea at Old Hunstanton for your furry friends to get their paws in to. There are plenty of other great beaches to explore when visiting north Norfolk, be sure to check out the useful links below to find a beach that you and your canine companion will love.  
After you and your four-legged friends have discovered the wonderful north Norfolk coast you’ll probably need somewhere to relax and put up your feet and paws. The Chequers Inn has 11 individual bedrooms, bustling with character and original features. All the bedrooms are stylishly appointed with designer furniture and have smart TVs, coffee and tea making facilities and fluffy bathrobes, some of our rooms come with double ended baths or comfy seating areas. We have a number of dog friendly rooms – just let us know in advance that you would like to bring your furry family members and we will do all we can to ensure that everyone has a pawfect stay. 

The Chequers Inn is a dog-friendly hotel on the north Norfolk coast
Our four-legged guest checking out the view from the room by Pip Sheldon

"I love walking around Thornham with my family. Me and my wife come back every year, just the two of us and recently stayed at The Chequers Inn." - Matthew Shirley


Thornham is situated on the north Norfolk coast between Brancaster and Wells, it is a small village with less than 400 inhabitants. In the distance, across the marsh, the North Sea can be heard. The village nestles along the coastline, close to RSPB nature reserves and is surrounded by the pretty countryside. While you're out exploring Thornham you will come across our sister inn, The Lifeboat Inn, a historic pub dating back to the sixteenth century. According to local stories, the village was popular with smugglers during the eighteenth/nineteenth centuries. Smugglers would sink their wares just off the coast. When the tide went out, local people would quickly retrieve the smuggled goods.

"I love a walk on Blakeney Quay, it is even better at sunset. A must is a visit to Burnham Market for some retail therapy and then fab meal at the end of the day at The Chequers Inn." - Donna Allen

Blakeny Quay is a great place to learn to catch the local crabs and to launch sailing and pleasure craft. The lovely coastal village of Blakeney is one of the most charming on the north Norfolk coast. Blakeney has started its life as a busy medieval commercial port until the estuary began to silt up preventing all but pleasure craft from gaining access. Blakeney Point is the focal point for the Nature Reserve, which offers 4 miles of coastline surrounded by a wildlife, varying landscapes, a sand and shingle spit, salt marshes, sand dunes and a range of plant life.

Burnham Market is situated by the beautiful north Norfolk coastline with its many stunning beaches, wide open spaces and some of the best coastal walks. Burnham Market is the perfect place to shop, there is over 30 highly original independent and specialist shops and galleries.

To end a great day, why not stop by at The Chequers Inn to unwind and enjoy some delicious food. Enjoy a choice of menus from seasonal a la carte to homemade pizzas or Norfolk tapas. If you are looking for a unique private dining space choose one of our cedar wood pavilions.

"Watching the sunset at Hunstanton" - Pip Sheldon

Sunset at Hunstanton near The Chequers Inn, Thornham
Sunset at Hunstanton by Pip Sheldon

Hunstanton is the only resort town in East Anglia which faces west, making the beach relatively sheltered from sea breezes and an excellent place to enjoy watching the sun set. It is an expanse of fine golden sand, backed by dunes and the renown striped cliffs.