About Cromer

Cromer, the 'Gem of the Norfolk Coast'

Cromer is a quintessential North Norfolk seaside town, famous for its delicious crabs, wide open beaches and one of the last authentic Victorian piers in the country (which still hosts a traditional end of pier show). Awash with small local independent shops, cafes and restaurants, Cromer has something for everyone whatever the time of year and is a perfect base from which to explore the beautiful county of Norfolk.

Cromer is rich with fishing heritage; Cromer Crab is famous across the world and the crab-boats set off every day to fish for delicious seafood from the North Sea. Many of these fishermen provide the backbone of the Cromer lifeboat crew, often said to be the lifeblood of the town. Their proud tradition of bravery and heroism hails back to the days of Henry Blogg, a crew member who was awarded three RNLI Gold Medals for his heroic life-saving efforts. There are two museums where you can explore and learn more about the proud tradition of lifeboat men in the area.

There are plenty of traditional seaside stores selling buckets and spades and souvenirs, as well as a selection of local art galleries, homeware stores, fashion outlets and high end gift shops.

Holidaymakers looking for an active break might like to visit the Cromer Lawn Tennis and Squash association, the local surf and paddle boarding school or the renowned Royal Cromer Golf Club. Cricket Week is first week of August every year featuring touring teams from around the country. The area is also a walkers paradise, with a network of footpaths covering the North Norfolk coastline area.

Throughout August each year the Cromer Carnival brings the town further to life and is a great event for the whole family, for residents and visitors alike to enjoy. Thousands of visitors flock to the town on Carnival Day to see the display performed by the famous Red Arrows and to watch the fabulous parade of floats and bands through the centre of the town. For more information on the carnival please visit www.cromercarnival.co.uk.

Not far from Cromer there are also several historic stately homes to visit, including the royal home at Sandringham as well as Holkham Hall and the beautiful National Trust properties at Blickling and Felbrigg. Sheringham Park, also a National Trust site, has walking and cycling routes for all abilities.

For all the latest information on local activities, events and attractions and to source maps or guide maps please contact the North Norfolk Information Centre on 01263 512497, or visit them on Louden Road, adjacent to the Meadow Car Park, just a minute's walk from No. 18.

Some of our recommendations for days out and places to eat in, or close to, Cromer are listed on our Places to visit page.