Cromer was patronised by royalty and grew in the 19th Century from a small fishing village to a distinctly upper class tourist resort. Today, the town is full of character with narrow twisting streets and a vibrant promenade which hosts regular live entertainment. The harbour bustles with the activity of local crab fishermen, whilst the main street is often filled with people enjoying Cromer's selection of local and high street shops. In town, there are art galleries, cinemas, tea shops and excellent sea-food restaurants.
The resort is at its most busy and lively during its spectacular carnival. At the same time, there is plenty for those who want to relax away from the crowds. Enjoy the resort's beautifully kept gardens, expansive sandy beaches and majestic church tower with commanding views of the coastline. There is the opportunity to enjoy some spectacular walks, particularly to the west, amongst a landscape known as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Cromer is set amidst the pleasant countryside of North Norfolk with its uniquely charming scenery. The Norfolk Broads and the East Anglia coastline are made up of river valleys, rolling green fields, secluded woodlands, marshlands and miles of glorious beaches and dramatic cliffs. There are rural crafts, animal collections, castles, windmills, historic houses and gardens found amongst picture postcard villages and ancient market towns. Activities including boating, fishing, birdwatching, walking or just admiring the peaceful scenery are all here to enjoy.
The quaint narrow, twisting streets are home to a host of interesting shops selling all manner of goods, from household items to the delicious Cromer crabs for which the town is well known.
Beaches and Gardens
Cromer's sand and shingle beach is popular with both bathers and surfers and offers clean waters and safe bathing. The pretty gardens along the cliff are well stocked and also feature pitch and putt and the bowling green.
Activities and Attractions
Tourist Information Tel:0871 200 3071
The Pavilion Theatre & Cromer Pier
The theatre hosts a variety of acts and performances, including end of pier pantomime featuring big names and a series of Summer Specials.
Cromer Museum Tel:01263 513543
Learn about the evolution of the town from prehistoric times, including the history of fishing and tourism.
Felbrigg Hall Tel:01263 837444
Just south of Cromer lies one of the finest 17th century houses in Norfolk. Summer events include Living History days, Cellar and Attic tours and a range of guided walks.
Hillside Horse and Pony Sanctuary
Home to many rescued horses and ponies, the sanctuary also features a farming museum.
The Lifeboat Museum Tel:01263 513543
The museum commemorates the heroic efforts of Cromer's lifeguards including Henry Blogg, who saved more than 500 lives over a 30 year period.
Royal Cromer Golf Club Tel:01263 512884
The premier club of the area, the course is set on the cliff side and commands panoramic views across Cromer and the North Sea.
Priory Maze and Gardens Tel:01263 822986
One of the most enchanting natural gardens in Norfolk with a variety of attractions including the maze, which is based on the ruins of Beeston Priory, a garden centre, rose and herb gardens and a tearoom.
Seaside Specials are staged from June to September and throughout December in the Pavilion Theatre on Cromer Pier, often featuring well-known names in showbiz.
Cromer Carnival Week
Held in August, this is one of the biggest carnivals in the country attracting people from across the nation for a week of festivities.
Royal Norfolk Show Tel:01603 748931
The biggest agricultural show in the country offers a great day out for everyone.
North Norfolk Music Festival is held over 12 days in August at various locations throughout the county and features performances from local and renowned artists.
Sheringham Beer Festival takes place in July at Sheringham Station. Sample some of the finest beers from around the region.
Sheringham Steam Galas are held in March and August at the Sheringham Railway which showcases guest and home engines.
Wells Carnival is held over nine days in July/August and includes over 70 individual activities, as well as a traditional carnival procession and outdoor cinema.
Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival
Taking place in early September, the festival is a huge annual event in nearby Great Yarmouth.
Places of Interest
Great Yarmouth Tourist Information Tel:01493 846345
East Anglia's top seaside resort is packed with activities and attractions to suit every taste. With its long sandy beach, Model Village, Pleasure Beach and Sea Life Centre, not to mention the wide range of sporting activities and top of the range shows, Great Yarmouth is ideal for a day trip or a longer stay.
Walsingham Tourist Information Tel:01328 820510
The village is visited by thousands of pilgrims who come to see the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.
Norwich Tourist Information Tel:01603 727927
Norwich is one of Britain's most attractive cities with winding shopping streets, an imposing cathedral and the highest number of pre-Reformation churches in Europe.
Broads Tours Wroxham Tel:01603 782207
Enjoy a relaxing river trip (included on some tours), or skipper your own easy to drive day boat and explore the Broads at your leisure.
Bure Valley Railway Tel:01263 733858
Norfolk's longest 15in gauge railway runs between Aylsham and Wroxham.
The Muckleburgh Collection Tel:01263 588425
Britain's largest working military collection, with tank demonstrations, military museum, shop and restaurant.
Blickling Hall Tel:01263 738030
A superb Jacobean house, famed for its Long Gallery and fine tapestries. It is also reputed to be haunted by the ghosts of Anne Boleyn and Falstaff.
The Thursford Collection Near Sheringham.
An extensive collection of steam driven machines including steam organs, traction engines, steam rollers and even fairground rides.
Sandringham Estate Tel 01553 772675
The country retreat of the Queen, Sandringham is Norfolk's most famous stately home and is open to the public when the Royal Family are not in residence. In celebration of the Diamond Jubilee, there is a new exhibition in the Ballroom for 2012; 'Faithful Companions' will show paintings, drawings, photographs, cartoons and other items from the private apartments of Sandringham House which capture the affection of dogs of both Her Majesty The Queen and of her great-grandmother, Queen Alexandra.
Sheringham Railway Tel:01263 822045
Sheringham is home to the North Norfolk Railway which runs through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and uses vintage diesel carriages on many of its journeys.
King's Lynn is an historic port which lies on the banks of the River Great Ouse where it flows out to the Wash. The Hanseatic merchants of medieval England built many warehouses here which can still be seen today. It is also the birthplace of Captain George Vancouver, whose voyages took him to Canada where he founded the city which bears his name.