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Cromer is a coastal town, holiday resort, and active crab fishing port town on the north-east coast of Norfolk (east of Sheringham, north of Norwich and north-west from Great Yarmouth). It is most notable for being an 'unspoiled' seaside-resort compared with some.
Atractively situated on a cliff overlooking miles of sandy-pebbly beach, the centre of interest in Cromer for many visitors is undoubtedly the region along the beach and the traditional British seaside pier with a small 'pavilion Theatre' featuring summertime performances. There is also a lifeboat station on the pier which can be visited (also on the seafront there is a small museum dedicated to the longstanding local lifeboat service).
We suggest you stroll along the West Promenade to enjoy views across Cromer beach before setting to with the buckets and spades, or hunting among the rockpools for the famous crabs - as well as the coastal scenery there are some pretty gardens to admire. Walking along the cliffs in the other direction will bring you to Cromer lighthouse.
You should also find time to explore some of the highlights in the town itself. As well as a very wide range of shops, restaurants and cafes that line the streets of Cromer town centre you will also quickly come to appreciate the well preserved Victorian and Edwardian architecture that sets the tone of the town centre, a result of the railways bringing prosperity to Cromer at the end of the 19th century. The glimpses of the sea passed the colourful fishermen cottages are a constant call to return to Cromer beach but try to resist for a moment while you explore the boutiques and art galleries hidden away in the back streets.
Before the arrival of the railways the town was much smaller, and was known under the name of Shipden. Some 'traces' of this early Cromer are still to be seen - such as the impressive medieval Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul (14th century) that dominates the town centre. It is possible (and recommended) for the energetic to climb the tower in the church for nice views across the beach and town.
Amusements and attractions in Cromer
In Cromer itself there are many 'family-orientated' holiday activities such as mini-golf, a boating lake and a small funfair, among others, and a multi-screen cinema in case the weather isn't quite what you hoped for...
On the edge of Cromer you can visit the Amazona Zoo - the zoo has a focus on animals, reptiles and birds with origins in South America.
Map of Cromer and places to visit
Cromer places to visit
See more places nearby in the Norfolk guide