History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Mundesley was mentioned in the Domesday Book, where it was called Muleslai. The village was a sleepy coastal community before the coming of the railway turned this area of the Norfolk coast into 'Poppyland', a popular resort area. Local developers with an eye for profit built several large hotels, attempting to transform the fishing village into a fashionable resort.
Several of these grand 19th-century buildings still stand, seeming rather out of place. One such is the Royal Hotel, where Lord Nelson is said to have lived.
Large housing estates were planned, but the high cliffs put off investors, and the scheme died. So today Mundesley is a peculiar mix of seaside resort and quiet backwater, with sandy beaches that attract visitors, but nowhere near as many as busy resorts like nearby Cromer.
A small maritime museum on The Lees traces the history of the area. The Maritime Museum is thought to be one of the smallest in England. It occupies a coastguard station dating to 1928 and displays old photographs, prints, and exhibits on the fishing industry from the 19th century. Learn about the now-defunct Mundesley Railway and see locally found fossils including a hippopotamus and a mammoth.
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Address: Mundesley, Norfolk, England
Attraction Type: Town
OS: TG 3006 3537
Photo Credit: Evelyn Simak, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Knapton, St Peter & St Paul Church - 0.9 miles (Historic Church)
Trunch, St Botolph - 0.9 miles (Historic Church)
Edingthorpe, All Saints - 2 miles (Historic Church)
Gunton Church - 4.6 miles (Historic Church)
Honing, St Peter & St Paul - 4.8 miles (Historic Church)
Happisburgh, St Mary's Church - 5.6 miles (Historic Church)
East Ruston, St Mary's Church - 5.7 miles (Historic Church)
East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden - 5.7 miles (Garden)
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