Snettisham is a popular and pretty coastal holiday village located five miles from Hunstanton and
- in the opposite direction - six miles from Sandringham. Snettisham lies between Heacham and Dersingham in Norfolk,
On Snettisham's doorstep is the well known RSPB bird reserve near the beach. One of the greatest bird events occur right here in the winter when - at high tide - up to forty thousand pink-footed geese roost. You cannot fail to notice how they fill the skies when they swoop over the area - it is a sight to behold!
Snettisham is divided in half by the bypass (A149) with the common land coast and beach on one side and the village proper on the other. There is an excellent regular bus services to Hunstanton and Kings Lynn and some services go via Sandringham. Holiday homes and caravans line the beach along with a selection of tourist driven shops. Local amenities are ample and include a traditional butchers, a general store, Snettisham post office as well as several pubs and restaurants. There is even an art gallery on offer.
Snettisham, today, offers facilities for campers, both caravan camping and tent camping. The village also offers many local amenities being served by a Post Office, a newsagents, florists, a garden centre, chemist, dentist, aquarium and pet shop, hair and beauty salons, bed & breakfasts, takeaway outlets. Snettisham also has a professional picture framers with its own art gallery where local artists exhibit their work much of which reflects the beauty of the Norfolk coast. There is even a truly old fashioned style bookshop in Snettisham's lovely market square. Snettisham village is served by two public houses: The Rose & Crown and The Queen Victoria. In addition, there are a number of eateries including a bistro called "The Old Bank", a teashop based in "The Granary" and "Poppyfields" Garden Centre and Restaurant.
Snettisham is a walkers haven as the village has miles of public footpaths - the ancient Peddars Way also runs nearby. Many of the houses in Snettisham are referred to as gingerbread houses as they are built of carrstone and have their own distinctive style and character. The village centre is dominated by a lovely 17th century Elizabethan Hall, which used to be the home of the Strickland family. In recent years it was a nursing home but is currently closed awaiting a new owner.
The village Church of St. Mary’s stretches 175 ft high and is a beautiful landmark to the area fronted by an open village where you will often see a game of cricket and many village fetes. The Church spire is visible for miles around and the Church itself is spectacularly beautiful on the inside.
Signs of Snettisham station and the railway line remains, although the railway service terminated in 1969 in line with many other local railway facilities.
Snettisham's RSPB Bird Reserve is unspoilt and a great place to get right back to nature. Enjoy tranquil walks in a true Norfolk haven.
Whilst based on the East Coast, Snettisham looks out West over The Wash and thus the village is part of Norfolk's amazing sunset coastline.
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