A visitors guide to the seaside village of Snettisham located on the
West Coast of Norfolk. Surrounded by fenland and bird sanctuaries, the
village of Snettisham is made up of two halves, with the common land
coast and beach cut off from the village by a bypass. The beach side has
a large community of holiday chalets and caravans supported by seasonal
shops. The village has all the local shops and amenities such as
general stores, post office, butchers, inns and restaurants.
Regular bus services run to Hunstanton and Kings Lynn.
There are miles of public footpaths including the ancient Peddars Way,
which runs nearby. There is also a RSPB bird sanctuary close to the
beach and at high tide during the winter season you will see one of
Norfolks greatest bird spectacles, when up to forty thousand pink-footed
geese roost on the reserve. When they take to the skies it is
truly an amazing sight.
The village itself is a traditional Norfolk village with a non
commercial atmosphere. Many of the houses are built from the local
iron-rich carrstone. These golden brown buildings are known as
gingerbread houses by the locals.
The village centre is dominated by a lovely 17th
century Elizabethan Hall, which used to be the home of the Strickland
family but is now a Sue Ryder home. The wonderful soaring spire of
St. Mary’s church stands at 175 ft high and is visible form afar and
makes a wonderful back drop to the village green especially when
cricket is being played.
The church of St. Mary’s also has the most
exquisitely decorated tracery flowers on the west window and it is
certainly worth looking inside. Check out our myth
and legend pages for the local ghost story attached to this church.
For golfers there are courses at Old
Hunstanton and Brancaster, both of
which are a short drive away.
The Royal Estate of Sandringham is
nearby as well as Norfolk Lavender and for the children Snettisham Park
as of course for everyone the local beach.
For Holiday Accommodation in Snettisham - Self Catering - Holiday
Cottages etc - check out our Snettisham Holiday Accommodation Pages.
high tide you will see the sand banks with
their ancient and evocative names - Thief, Pandora, Seal, Old Toft,
Friskney Flat, Blackguard and The Gat.
In 1976 after a devastating storm with
very high seas, the foundations of a house were found on Snetisham
beach. It turned out that these foundations belonged to a small bungalow
which had been owned by Queen Alexandra and which she used on summer
days, accompanied by servants and sometimes friends. Imagine that
happening today with our current Queen.
that can be found around here include curlews, spotted flycatchers,
kingfishers and short-eared owls. There are also many different species
of butterfly and moth including gatekeeper, burnet and large hawk.