About Thornham

One of the most picturesque villages on the North Norfolk coast, and a very popular destination, Thornham has much to offer, whether you are looking for a fun, action packed holiday, or a relaxing breather from the pace and drama of day to day life.

Located directly on the coast, between Hunstanton and Brancaster, Thornham was originally a harbour village, famous for its smuggling history. It boasts many historical buildings, including the Coal Barn, allegedly used for smuggling activities, which some say is one of the most photographed buildings in Norfolk. There are also links to Roman times as it is believed Thornham is the location of a Roman fort.

The facilities Thornham offers are excellent for a holiday village, and improving all the time. For eating out there are 3 pubĀ  restaurants, all with excellent reputations and within a short walk, including The Orange Tree where head chef Philip Milner was voted Great British Seafood Chef of the Year in 2010 and holds 2 AA rosettes. The Old Coach House offers great homemade pies, pizzas stonebaked in their pizza oven, and pastas, while the Life Boat Inn offers more traditional pub fare. Both The Life Boat and The Old Coach House are under new ownership of Marco Pierre White, so we look forward to the changes he will be bringing in later this year.

Thornham also offers a deli shop, which offers lunches and theme nights, as well as more basic provisions, and The Yurt, for those looking for a more original eating experience. The Yurt also has a farm shop on site which offers amazing, fresh fruit and vegetables.

Thornham does have a beach, accessible by a short walk from the Coal Barn parking area, very unspoilt and private. There are also numerous walks over the salt marshes and mud flats, and some say the mud has healing properties.

A 5 minute drive or short trip on the Coasthopper bus line will take you to the delights of Hunstanton, a traditional seaside town, with attractions and shops to match. In the other direction there are Titchwell, with the excellent Titchwell Manor Restaurant and the Eating Rooms, Brancaster, with its superb beach and pubs, and on to Burnham Market and Wells-Next-the-Sea.