Blakeney Quay - Blakeney visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Blakeney Quay' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Norfolk.
Blakeney lies on the north Norfolk coast within the Norfolk Coast AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). The picturesque village is also part of the Norfolk Heritage Coast and lies on the North Norfolk Coastal Path. All of these make the village a popular travel destination during the summer months with much of the surrounding land and nature reserves managed by the National Trust. The area boasts local seal colonies, beautiful countryside and historic buildings.
Back in 1066, Blakeney was referred to as Esnuterle. While fish caught here fed visiting kings and queens in the 13th century, the men of the area also had a reputation for piracy, allowing boats to seek haven in the harbour and then stripping them of cargo. Over the centuries the harbour has silted up and by the beginning of the 20th century became unusable by large boats.
Blakeney - Attractions, Hotels, Travel and Tourism
Within Blakeney are two large hotels, The Manor Hotel, and The Blakeney Hotel. Alongside these is a 15-acre caravan site to cater for visitors. People are drawn to the area mostly for the outdoors and good food. Popular activities include crabbing, walking, bird watching and canoeing. Popular restaurants include the Kings Arms and The Moorings, which specialises in seafood. Local tourist attractions include:
Blakeney Quay -the quayside has seen recent restoration making it quite picturesque while small boats are moored in the tidal harbour.
St Nicholas Church - also known as Blakeney Parish Church, it was built between the 13th and 15th centuries with a good hammer-beam roof and fine stained glass windows.
Blakeney National Nature Reserve - managed by the National Trust this is an extensive area of saltmarsh, vegetated shingle, dunes and grazing marsh, home to many different bird species and colonies of seals.
Blakeney Point - a 3-mile long spit of land within the Nature Reserve, ideal for walking and watching wildlife and home to Blakeney Lifeboat Station which is now a visitor centre.
Blakeney Guildhall - formerly a 2-storey building but now in ruins with the 14th-century brick-vaulted undercroft sitll intact and linked to mysterious tunnels.
Blakeney Windmill - built in 1769 on Friar Farm just east of Blakeney, the 32 feet tall windmill is now managed by the National Trust as a Grade II listed building.
Cley Windmill - just east of the village is a 19th century, Garde II listed tower mill used to mill flour but now converted into B&B and Self Catering accomodation and a popular wedding venue.
Holkham Hall - found in Wells-next-the-Sea just west of Blakeney the hall offers gardens, beaches, exhibitions and events.
Houghton Hall - 23 miles from Balkeney this impressive estate was home to Sir Robert Walpole, Great Britain's first Prime Minister, and has impressive grounds with award winning gardens.
Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) - over 450 km² of coastal and agricultural land from the The Wash in the west through coastal marshes and cliffs to the sand dunes at Winterton in the east.
Norfolk Coast Path - popular with walkers, this route runs 45 miles (72 km) from Hunstanton in the west to Cromer in the east.
Blakeney Tourist Information and Visitor Centre Norfolk Coast Office, Friary Farm, Cley Road, Blakeney, Norfolk NR25 7NW Phone: 01263 740241 Email:[email protected]
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Road: Blakeney is just off the A149 in north Norfolk, 14 miles west of Cromer and 35 miles from Kings Lynn. It is 35 miles north of Norwich. Train: Sheringham Station, 9 miles east of Blakeney. Flight: Norwich International Airport