Norfolk Local Guides


Happisburgh is a coastal village in North Norfolk with a population of around 1,400. The "pp" part of the name is silent, giving it a pronunciation along the lines of "Hazebruh". It offers a peaceful village setting, lovely cliff top walks, sandy beaches and some interesting buildings.

Happisburgh is famous for the coastal erosion which acts upon the cliffs here. Houses which were once a safe distance from the edge of the cliff are now dangerously close to the sheer drop. Various attempts to control the erosion by building sea defences, mainly in the 1950s, have largely been unsuccessful and the coastal cliffs continue to edge closer to the village.

The two buildings in the village which attract most interest from tourists are the lighthouse and the church. Happisburgh's red and white striped lighthouse is still operational and can be visited. St Mary's Church is another excellent place to visit, not least for the views available to those who climb to the top of the tall church tower.

The village also has some interesting war-time stories and some literary links, with Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan known to have stayed some time here.

Happisburgh Accommodation

A number of the very best hotels, B&Bs and other places to stay in and around Happisburgh advertise in the Happisburgh Online directory. If you are planning on staying overnight, please take a look at the listings in the accommodation category of our online directory. Be sure to mention Happisburgh Online when contacting any of the hotels, bed & breakfasts, holiday cottages or caravan and camping sites listed.