Blakeney started life as a busy medieval commercial port until the estuary began to silt up preventing all but pleasure craft from gaining access. This silting has left a fascinating landscape of marshes, sand hills and mud banks with many creeks and channels twisting and turning their way through. Blakeney village is set on a small hill leading down to the harbour and has pretty flint cottages, shops, cafe's, restaurant, hotels and pubs. The Blakeney hotel sits right on the quay and was openend in 1923, it was built on the site of an old smugglers inn called the Crown and Anchor, known locally as the Barking Dickey!
In a side street off the quay is the 14th century Guildhall which has an early example of a brick built vaulted ceiling. This is well worth a visit. The village church is also worth a visit as it has many interesting features.