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Town Yard Cottage
Town Yard
Cley Next the Sea
NR25 7RH

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Cley Next the Sea  

Cley Next the Sea

Cley (pronounced as Cl-eye not Cl-ay) is a small village on the North Norfolk coast equidistant between Sheringham and Wells. Cley marshes are highly popular for bird watching, and has a new and interesting Wildlife Visitor's Centre. The surroundings are full of interest with fun for walkers and coast hoppers at any time of year..

Cley boasts several restaurants, including fine dining, good pub grub and cream teas. There is also an award winning delicatessen, a pottery, a smoke house, an art gallery and its famous Windmill.

Cley Mill, built in the 1700's is still one of North Norfolk's predominant landmarks. Cley church, built in the 14th century, has astounding features depicting the history of Cley as a leading seaport of that time
Seals at Blakeney Point  


Blakeney Point is owned by the National Trust as a wildlife conservation area/place of natural beauty.  There are daily boat trips to The Point to see the seals and in summer you can alight and walk on part of The Point.  It is also possible, according to the tides, to walk from Cley to The Point via the beach, or walk from Cley taking the footpath through the marshes to Blakeney village quayside cafes and restaurants and craft shops.

Cromer Crab - photo courtesy of


Eating Out

Cromer crab is THE definitive North Norfolk fayre. There are many reknowned restaurants, bistros and cafes along the coast and in the villages from Cromer to Hunstanton.  Cley has The George and the Wiveton Bell restaurants for fine evening dining and the Three Swallows Public House offering good hot food with facilities for children. Cley’s Picnic Fayre delicatessen has an array of speciality foods and wines and the Cley Smoke House has an array of smoked fish prepared on the premises.   All offer good local and seasonal produce you will not resist.  Many more ideas for dining can be found at the cottage.

Holt at Christmas - Photo courtesy of



Holt is the nearest town to Cley with an abundance of interesting smaller shops. Indeed a shopaholics dream offering something for everyone but preserving its Georgian charm.  Award winning Bakers & Larners has a fabulous food hall and caters for every need, also art galleries, book shops for both new and antique books, several craft shops as well as independent fashion boutiques and sporting outlets. The Christmas lights are a particular North Norfolk highlight creating a wonderful seasonal atmosphere for young and old alike.

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Holkham and National Trust Estates

There are several fantastic estates and country houses open to the public in North Norfolk, not least Holkam Hall which sits on the coast road opposite the famous Holkam beach.  As well as the amazing sands the pine woods and estate offer good walks and opportunities to bird watch.  All the Estates have craft shops and tea rooms and detailed information can be found at Town Yard Cottage.

photo courtesy of Tour Norfolk  

Wells Next the Sea

Wells offers a sandy sheltered beach especially good for children.  It is renowned for its row of beach huts which stretch in front of the pine forest towards Holkham.  Wells town has good shops and cafes, and sitting on the quay with fresh fish and chips hot from the paper is a must. Walk off the calories along the elevated walkway to the Lifeboat House for fantastic views across the outstretched sands.


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