Norfolk is blessed with having some of the best beaches in the country.

But while many are much-loved by locals and tourists alike, some visitors have taken to the internet to air their disgruntled opinions.

From "unsightly" wind turbines spoiling sea views to broken shells wreaking havoc on people's feet, here are seven hilariously harsh reviews of Norfolk's beaches on TripAdvisor. 


Eastern Daily Press: Seals snuggling at Horsey BeachSeals snuggling at Horsey Beach (Image: Denise Bradley)

Horsey is one of the busiest beaches in the county, drawing thousands of visitors every year, with many eager for the chance to spot the huge grey seal colony that has made the beach its home.

But for one tourist, a different picture emerged.

They said: "The sea walls have graffiti on them and the whole beach exudes an atmosphere of misery and neglect.

"The saving grace was the seals that swam all the way down the beach keeping up with us and popping up to have a good look at us."


Eastern Daily Press: Wells beach is known for its colourful huts Wells beach is known for its colourful huts (Image: Adam Lazzari)

The beach at Wells is considered one of the best beaches in the country with its long stretches of sand and picturesque beach huts.

Although this reviewer was reportedly left in pain after walking along it.

They said: "Two out of five stars. The beach was poor, it’s full of shingle, broken shell and it was awful to walk on and hurts your feet.

"It’s horrid compared to sand at Whitby and Marblethorpe. Plus you can park near there or take the train down to the beach."


Eastern Daily Press: Cromer Pier is one of Norfolk's most well-known attractionsCromer Pier is one of Norfolk's most well-known attractions (Image: Newsquest)

Cromer has been a destination for seaside holidaymakers for more than a century since it came to prominence in the Victorian era.

With its pier and promenade, it is a favourite of photographers hoping to capture coastal views. But apparently, not every angle is worthy of a snap.

A reviewer said: "What is it with English seaside towns? They are all cheap and nasty, offering terrible food and only catering for the lowest quality tourism.

"We thought that Cromer was a little gem and may be an exception from the rule. Unfortunately not.

"The most off-putting view is the hill in the next village packed with cheap, nasty holiday caravans. It reminds me of a prison camp rather than a pleasant seaside resort."


Eastern Daily Press: Holkham beach is known for its long stretches of sandHolkham beach is known for its long stretches of sand (Image: Newsquest)

Despite our best attempts, there are some natural phenomena outside of the ability of humans to control.

The ebb and flow of the tides is one such force of nature that cannot be stopped, King Canute well knows.

However, for one visitor to Holkham, their lack of foresight to read the tide times made them decide to deplore this renowned stretch of sand.  

They said: "Not worth a visit unless you want to take photos with a long long lens, that is if you want to see any sea! Of course, the mud is great if you like to wallow."


Eastern Daily Press: Man fishing on Caister beach with wind turbines in the distanceMan fishing on Caister beach with wind turbines in the distance (Image: Newsquest)

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In September last year, one visitor said: "Caister is ugly. The beach itself was good although the view was of wind turbines out to sea. It was not a pretty sight."


Eastern Daily Press: Huts along the shoreline at Gorleston beachHuts along the shoreline at Gorleston beach (Image: Newsquest)

A visitor to Gorleston's beach was left upset due to the number of stones they found.

In a Tripadvisor review, they said: "The beach at Gorleston harbour was full of stones, not good for little children's feet! The local council need to clean it up. Will not be going again."


Eastern Daily Press: Hunstanton's cliffs offer glimpses into the geological history of Norfolk's landscapeHunstanton's cliffs offer glimpses into the geological history of Norfolk's landscape (Image: Chris Bishop)

A trip to Hunstanton made one visitor question the meaning of what it is to be a beach.

"Sorry, I would not call this a beach," they said. "It was full of what can only be described as 'rubble'.

"More stones, bricks and boulders than sand. The sand is a strange colour too - very dark brown.

"I visited on a sunny day but this particular beach was not inviting at all. I would not return."