The 'other worldly' beach a day trip from Birmingham named 'the best' for an unusual reason

Take a look at this stunning beach. It's less than three hours from Birmingham but looks like it could be part of a fairytale story with its striped cliffs and bright green, seaweed-covered rock formations.

Hunstanton in West Norfolk is known for its magnificent sunsets due to it being the only west-facing resort on the east coast. There has been an old lighthouse here since the 17th century when it used to guide vessels into the Lynn Deeps.

The beach boasts rock pools to explore, sand for castle-building and clear shallow waters for paddling. But this isn't the reason why it has just been named one of 'the best' beaches in the UK.

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The Holiday Entertainment Index, created by OLBG, is a guide to the coastal destinations which offer the most 'seaside fun' based on the number of activities, cost and average weather. According to the guide, Hunstanton is the place with the most amusement arcades- with 1.4 per 1,000 people.

A purpose-built resort in 1846, Hunstanton still retains its Victorian charm and character today. You can enjoy beach front amusements, a fun fair, crazy golf, a bowling alley and bandstand concerts. The 1.5 mile Hunstanton in Bloom Horticultural Trail starts at the Hunstanton Town Hall and guides you around the town's beautiful gardens and sculptures.

There's also the Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary on the promenade where you can discover diver’s eye viewing tanks, a ‘touch’ pool and an underwater tunnel to get face to face with sea creatures.

It's a place of two halves really because you can walk from the bustle of the promenade, or catch the seasonal land train, over to Old Hunstanton, which has a quieter village atmosphere with carstone-built cottages and traditional British pubs to enjoy.

How to get to Hunstanton from Birmingham

It takes two hours and 45 minutes to drive to Hunstanton from Birmingham, traffic permitting, via the M6 through Peterborough. Alternatively, you can catch a train from Birmingham New Street to Kings Lynn, switching at Ely. Hunstanton is a bus ride away from Kings Lynn.