With perhaps the most famous pier on the Norfolk Coast, beautiful beaches and great places to eat out, Cromer has a winning tourist industry and it is unsurprising that Hotels in Cromer book up quickly during the summer months. Cromer also acts a residential, administrative and service centre for North Norfolk.
Although buildings in Cromer such as the church have a history dating back to the medieval period, when the area was known as Shipden, Cromer really came into being and developed during the later half of the 19th century. The streets of Cromer have changed little since the Victorian era. Most of the great landmarks, many funded by well-to-do Victorian "summer timers", still stand today as familiar sights to holiday makers.
The once thriving fishing industry is a fraction of its former size, although Cromer retains it reputation for the delicious local crab which is still caught and brought in by fishermen's boats every morning, and which virtually every place to eat in Cromer will provide on the menu in the summer season.
Visitors to Cromer are more likely to see, but hopefully not require the assistance of, the town's high speed lifeboats which patrol the waters, and which for over two hundred years have helped save those in trouble off the north-east Norfolk coast. For those interested in the history of the vital work done by the men and women of Cromer's lifeboats, the RNLI Henry Blogg Museum provides fascinating insights, whilst there is free entry to see the modern lifeboat station at the end of the pier.
The famed Cromer Pier, which extends about 500 feet into the sea, and which has existed in different incarnations since 1391, is probably the biggest individual draw to Cromer. The Pavilion Theatre, a 510-seater venue located near the end of the pier, is well known for hosting the popular 'end-of-the-pier' show, the Seaside Special. Open to the public all year round, it also exhibits a range of high-quality comedy, music, dance, opera, community shows and is a great family day out.
Cromer is a destination replete with fantastic things to do, and with ongoing regeneration programmes it guarantees to remain so in the future. Whether you fancy a quiet, peaceful walk from Cromer beach to Overstrand, revelling in the atmosphere of the Folk Festival and Carnival, celebrating Lifeboat Day or enjoying firework displays, Cromer has something to offer all visitors to North Norfolk.
Indeed, such is the scale of places to see and things to do that it's impossible to fit it all into a short visit. Luckily, Cromer has a wide range of accommodation options to choose from. Cromer Hotels are particularly popular, although you are also sure to find a great quality Bed and Breakfast, Self-Catering Cottage or Camp site if that's what you're looking for.
To discover more, whether it's Cromer accommodation, things to do in Cromer, or places to eat in Cromer, explore the links yourself on the VisitNorthNorfolk.co.uk website!
Cromer and North Norfolk Tourist Information Centre