Blakeney is located along the north coast of Norfolk. During medieval times, Blakeney was a successful port town. When the estuary started filling up with silt, only smaller pleasure boats could use the waters. The silting left a landscape of marshes, sandy hills, mud banks, creeks and channels. Blakeney is made up quaint flint houses, tea rooms, pubs, inns, restaurants and hotels.
The fifteenth century guildhall, a brick building with vaulted ceilings, is located off a side street. Even though it is mainly in ruins, it is an English Heritage Site. This building became the guildhall of the fish merchants.
Saint Nicholas Church served dual purposes during the busy port days. It served the community as a place to worship, and it served the mariners as a beacon to prevent their crashing. The external nave of the church is finished in local flint and the chancel in concrete. This church has the honor of being only one of two churches in England to have seven openings in the east window. Inside the building is a chancel from the 13th century, in almost its entirety. This church welcomes visitors with hot tea or coffee. The larger of Saint Nicholas’ two towers may be climbed on Fridays.
Visitors are welcome to take a one hour boat trip to take in the harbour and all the natural wildlife. If eyes are alert, it is possible to see terns, ducks, gulls, cormorants, guillemots, geese and shearwaters. The trip will also go by Blakeney Point, where grey and common seals may be viewed year round. The greys generally have pups to view from November to January. The common seals have their pups in July and August. Tickets for the boat trips may be purchased at Blakeney Quay on Mondays through Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The village sign of Blakeney has a carving of a galleon in the center, representing the town’s history as a port. There is also a figure of a dog and a fiddler. There is a local legend of these two going into a tunnel under the Guildhall; they never were to be seen again.
Blakeney offers a variety of shops and dining facilities. Included are a maritime shop, a café and an ice cream shop.
There are also several sleeping accommodations locally. The Blakeney Hotel is one of them. It is a local place that has been open for business since 1923. Perhaps visitors would like to stay at Cley Windmill. It is a self-catering or bed and breakfast, which was rated one of the 50 Best British Hotels in the Independent in 2010.
For the visitor who would like to relax and enjoy the scenery there is an open space called The Pastures which is a perfect setting. Whilst there, check out the three-ton millennium marker stone which the locals placed there.
Whether looking for a getaway for a day or two or longer, the beautiful village of Blakeney has a lot to offer.