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Holkham National Nature Reserve and Beach

Rich and diverse habitatsthriving under expansive skies.

As sure as the tide, this unique blend of rare and precious habitats has a way of drawing you back time and time again.

Delight in one of the most unspoilt, natural, and beautiful stretches of sand in the country, along with the many fascinating habitats and rare species of flora and fauna that make up the Holkham National Nature Reserve.

With conservation and sustainability at the heart of everything we do, we cannot underestimate the importance of protecting our natural environments for future generations.

You’ll be amazed by the windswept tidelines, infinite vistas, grazing marshes, maze of creaks and saltmarsh; hear the rustle of the dunes and the sway of the pines and feel at home at Holkham.

Dogs are welcome year-round on Holkham Beach, but we have an on-lead policy in place annually between 1st April – 30th August in certain areas to protect ground nesting birds. Find out more.

Sand dunes

Our coastal dunes offer a beautiful landscape to enjoy on beach days, but there’s plenty more to them.

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Grazing marsh

The land between the pine ridge and the coast road was reclaimed from saltmarsh and is now a breeding ground for birds. You’ll also usually find our herd of Belted Galloways grazing.

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Pinewoods and scrub

The pinewoods were planted in the 19th century and have become a Holkham icon.

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The saltmarsh is a distinctive feature of Holkham National Nature Reserve providing a habitat for a wide range of species.

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The foreshore is the area between high- and low-water marks. It’s an extreme sort of place, exposed to the elements.

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Explore Holkham

Discover the wondersaround every corner.

Your historic eventneeds a setting to match.

‘A stay at Pinewoods is a stay in nature. It’s our happy place; there is something about Wells that draws us back time and time again.’

Mrs Lewis

Sink your feet into the sandand your head into our pillows.

A feel good place ofpeople and landscapes.